Gunflint Trails

It Ain't Over Yet!!!

Date: 
03/15/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Expected 6 - 12 inches
Recent Grooming: 
Not Able Due To Temps
Current Trail Conditions: 

This may comes as a surprise but we still have plenty of snow for that last ride. Trails have a few bare spots and a couple rocks showing but there is good snow on most of the trail. It is advised to plan on trailering up over the hill and ride from there as it is bare in town and part way up the hill.

Forecast weather is calling for freezing temps this weekend and a possible 6 - 12 inches of snow Tuesday night thru Thursday. Keep an eye on that weather channel and plan for some fun riding should that happen! Resorts and hotels still have bookings and there are rooms available if you should need one.

Expect the trails to be settling with the warm temps we have had and they have not been groomed due to those warm temperatures. The lakes have plenty of ice for riding over but as of now there is little snow on them. Expect that to change by the weekend.

Spring riding is here and those who want one more ride will find it here and only here on the Gunflint Trail in Grand Marais.

Warm weather and spring sledding

Date: 
03/08/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
None
Recent Grooming: 
Too warm this week
Current Trail Conditions: 

A warm weather pattern has set in this week making it too warm for the groomers to go out on the trails. Expect the snowpacked trails to settle and show a few dirt/rock patches up around mid-trail although grooming last Saturday only showed a couple thin spots. It is doubtful any grooming will get done this week as night time temperatures are not dipping low enough. Spring time riding is not out of the question as there is a good base of snow on the trails yet. Reports of three feet of snow off the trail were report last weekend. It looks as though  the State Trail going into Grand Marais is done for now. It is advised to trailer up over the hill and set out from there.

Expect the lakes to have areas of water on the top. It looks wet on Devil Track today with ice thickness being safe for riding with 20 plus inches. The hard core, die hard, last ride of the season may be upon us very soon,. If you are looking for that ride, come on up and get 'er done. Ride safe, enjoy the weather and have a blast.

Plenty of snow left!!

Date: 
03/01/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
1 - 4 inches
Recent Grooming: 
5 days a week
Current Trail Conditions: 

The trail conditions are holding up great. Grooming last weekend showed plenty of snow on the trails and no bare spot showing anywhere. Estimated base of 6 - 20 inches on all the trails this week. Groomers are out in force covering all our trails for the best weekend of riding this year. Three groomers were out Monday morning and will go out again Wednesday. Grooming will continue over the weekend Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Expect warmer temeratures in the upper 20's, great trails and fewer riders as the season is winding down. This could be the best you will see all year on the Gunflint Trail System.

Come on up to Gunflint Lake Sunday morning March 6th for the end of the year annual TROUT DERBY fishing contest!! Registration begins at 9am and all fish have to be in by 2pm. There is a cash prize for the biggest trout and prizes for 2nd and 3rd place. There will be raffles, door prizes and food on the grill for everyone. You can join the club Sunday or pay to fish in the contest if you are not a member of the club yet. Everyone is welcome so bring the family and enjoy the nice weather we are expecting.

Don't forget about the Windigo snowmobile drag races Saturday March 12th on Poplar Lake. Registration at 11am in the Lodge and races begin at noon. The staff at Windigo will have food and a dance to follow Saturday night. Plan to spend a great weekend up the trail as a lot of activities will be going on!!

Follow us on facebook at cook county snowmobile club-ridge riders or call for a recorded trail report at 218-387-9392 or you can call Dan 218-370-0645 for up to the minute information. Be safe and see you there!!

 

Gunflint Trails in Excellent Condition

Date: 
02/17/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
4" to 8" with more possible Thursday and Friday
Recent Grooming: 
Monday and Wednesday early morning
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trails are in excellent condition with a 15 - 20 inch base. Grooming is on a regular schedule now. Monday and Wednesday early mornings the groomers head out. Then groom Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights starting @ 8pm. Ride with caution at all times. If trails are rough it is from a lot of sleds riding that day hard into the corners and on the gas going out of them. What can ya do?

Saturday February 20th are the snowmobile drag races at Hungry Jack Lodge. Racing is open to anyone for a small entry fee. Riders under 18 need a parent to sign the waiver. Registration begins at 11am with racing at noon. There will be several classes with a trophy provided by Hungry Jack Lodge for each class.

Bring your vintage snowmobile to display during the drag races. Hungry Jack Lodge is providing a prize for best of show. Let's see if we can get some interest in this event and it could lead to a bigger and better event in the future.     i                                                                                                                                                                        .   We hope to hold the annual trout derby on Gunflint Lake Sunday March 6th but stay tuned if conditions go south real fast the location could change.

Follow us for trail reports and more on face book. cook county snowmobile club - ridge riders. Also a recorded trail report is available at 218-387-9392 or call Dan at 218-370-0645 with any questions or concern.

Trails are GREAT!!

Date: 
02/10/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
6 - 8 inches
Recent Grooming: 
Wednesday
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Gunflint Snowmobile Trails are all in great shape!! Recent snow and regular grooming has them the best this year. Grooming is in progress today on the mid-trail system with the remaininig trails being groomed regularly on Monday and Wednesday morning, Thursday and Friday nights. Beginning this weekend we will be grooming Saturday night on the Gunflint and Expressway snowmobile trails. Snow base on the trails vary from 20 - 30 inches. Call for recorded reports 218-387-9392. Follow us on facebook at cook county snowmobile club ridge riders. Call Dan at 218-370-0645

The Fun Run was a great success last weekend with 156 participants in the poker ride.The newly finished Groomer Shack seemed to handle the crowd well. Raffles, food and dancing were all an added bonus. Thanks to all who supported the club and came out for our fund raising event. Many thanks to the Fun Run Ladies, Andrea, Sam and Jill who all did a great job.

Come on up to Hungry Jack Lodge Saturday Feb. 20th for the snowmobile drag races starting around 11am. Forrest and the gang will have plenty of room for everyone to warm up inside the lodge and food will be available all day. Racing is open to everyone with kids having a parent there to sign a waiver. Get that sled hopped up and join the racing fun or just come out to watch the action.

Bring your vintage sled for display to the drag races at Hungry Jack Lodge Saturday Feb. 20th. Prizes to be awarded!!

Stay tuned for the season ending fishing contest Sunday March 6th. Location TBD due to ice conditions and reports between now and then.

Trails and Grooming Back to Normal

Date: 
02/04/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
2 - 4 and more this weekend
Recent Grooming: 
last night and today
Current Trail Conditions: 

It has taken more than 6 weeks to get the trails open and grooming to resume regular routes. DNR workers from Two Harbors spent several days helping cut trees and brush on the Gunflint Snowmobile Trails. They have never seen such downfall in all their years is what they told the Cook County Snowmobile Club. WELL...that is past us and the trails are really shaping up for great riding this weekend.

The groomers are out if force and can concentrate on grooming trails as the snow is starting to build up. Recent snowfalls are helping fill the trails as three groomers were working this week to catch up. All the trails got groomed with some getting several passes over them. One groomer has been to the end of the Gunflint Trail some 58 miles from town. The other two worked Mid-Trail, the Expressway and Gunflint Trail. Bleuberry and Swamper are starting to shape up pretty well too.

The Groomer has not crossed Devil Track Lake as the last snowfall showed a lot of stress to the ice and slush has appeared on many area lakes. Colder weather and time should help to freeze that up.

Come out and join the fund raising Fun Run Poker Ride this weekend (Feb. 6th). Sign up at Hungry Jack Lodge or the Clubhouse which is a short ride away (parking at the old airport) on the Merridian Road. Follow signs or the second left off the South Shore Drive. Ride across Devil Track Lake, cross South Shore Drive and then in another mile take a right off the trail. Clubhouse is half mile on the left. $20 entry fee. Ride or drive to Gunflint Pines, Gunflint Lodge, Windigo, Trail Center, Hungry Jack Lodge and the Clubhouse for a card. Be back to the Clubhouse by 5:30. Cash prizes, games, food, BYOB and a dance will follow. Come see the new Snowmobile Clubhouse on the Merridian Road off the South Shore Drive.

Vintage snowmobile display at each event this year. Bring a sled, show it off and maybe win a prize!!

 

Trails in good shape

Date: 
01/27/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
2-4" with 3-5 more in progress
Recent Grooming: 
Regular grooming back on schedule
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Operation Snowfall cleanup in nearly done as of today. The Blueberry Trail is gettiong a little touch up and all the trails are back to normal. Most trails are wider after the clean up than prior to the storm. which will make for safer trail riding.

The snow cover is slowly getting better as we keep getting a couple inches here and a couple more inches again. Most trails on the Gunflint are looking at a good 8 - 10" base in most areas at this time. There is plenty of snow covering the trails for a good ride but we can use more which appears to be on the way.

There will be regular grooming this week starting last Monday and coming into this weekend. The usual grooming is heavy Thursday thru Friday and into Friday night. There may be some additional grooming during the upcoming weekends due to anticipated heavy traffic so be looking for the  groomers as you ride the trails at all times. (day or  night)

Remember to watch for the dog teams running the Beargrease Race late this weekend an early next week. More reports as times and teams get closer.

Also, the following weekend on February 6th we have the annual Fun Run Poker Ride. Sign up at the Groomer Shack or Hungry Jack Lodge that morning. Hit all the designated stop and return to the Groomer Shack by 5:30. Prizes, games, food and music will last into the evening. Parking is going to be available but ride over if you can form the old airport parking lot near the old Landing Restauant. Look for details on our facebook page CookCountySnowmobileClub-RidgeRiders. Bring a vintage sled to display out front of the Groomer Shack on Saturday.

Weekly updated trail reports can be heard at 218-387-9392. Ride safe and keep the skiis in front of you!!

Trails Improving

Date: 
01/19/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
2-4 inches and a littel more on the way
Recent Grooming: 
Monday on the Gunflint Trail
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Gunflint snowmobile trails continue to improve. Clearing will resume Tuesday on the Blueberry Trail after temperatures have come above -10. The trail should be completed this week as we work from both ends to meet in the middle. The last stretch of the upper Gunflint trail beyond Gunflint Lake is the last piece that will need attention as conditions permit.

Grooming was done over the weekend on most of the trails as conditions allow. There are a few bumpy spots due to lack of snow on all the trails with the Expressway Trail being is the best condition. The Swamper Trail was groomed but is not recommended for trail riding at this point. There are many rough and rocky portions that need more snow. The groomer came down the Gunflint Snowmobile Trail Monday morning to round out the loop. Grooming will start again later in the week for the upcoming weekend traffic. The State snowmobile trail is getting good reports from many riders. Expect 8 - 10 inch base and less as you near Lake Superior.

Ice conditions are greatly imrpoving with 8 - 10 inches of ice on the lakes that the trails cross. There may still be ice and water spots on the trails from the creeks and streams so use caution in those areas. There have been fewer reports of slush on all the lakes this week.

The Fun Run Girls are gearing up for the Annual Fun Run poker ride February 6th. Watch for posters, details and postings later this week and as the dates nears. Bring your vintage snowmobile for display at each of the clubs events this year as many have shown interest to have the oppurtunity. Follow us on facebook at Cook County Snowmobile Club-Ridge Riders. Also new is a trail report updated late in the week at 218-387-9392.

Ride safe, watch out for hazards on the trail and please report anything that needs immediate attention. Call Dan Anderson 218-370-0645

 

 

Grooming Begins

Date: 
01/14/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace W/more on the way
Recent Grooming: 
Starting Today
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trail work is coming to an end. All trails are cleared and  should see the groomer this weekend except the Blueberry trail going to Grand Portage. That trail will begin to be cleared Friday and should be done and groomed by next weekend. The groomer is heading up the Gunflint Trail today and is attempting to go to the end of the trial or at least to Gunflint Lake today, tonight and into tomorrow. We are going to try to groom all the trails late this week and into the weekend.

Most of the wet spots, creeks and lakes are freezing up nicely now with the exception of the bigger lakes like Gunflint, Greenwood and Sag. They could still have thin ice so we are  advising "NO TRAVEL" on those lakes.

Snow pack is thin in areas with a 4-6 inch base on most trails. More snow is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday.

Watch for the upcoming fund raising "Fun Run" poker ride on February 6th. Lots of cash and prizes to be given away. More details will be coming soon. End of the ride party will be held at the "Groomer Shack" with food, beverages and dancing just off the South Shore Drive of Devil Track Lake.

Ride safe, watch out for others and we look forward to getting underway with the snowmobile season here in Cook County!!

 

 

Trail work and grooming

Date: 
01/11/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace
Recent Grooming: 
Friday and Saturday last weekend
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trail work continues on the Swamper Trail and  the upper Gunflint Trail beyond Co. #92. Both are passable on snowmobile but have yet to be groomed due to inability of the groomer to get through. The Swamper Trial should be finished this week. There are a couple water areas not yet froze enough to hold the weight of the groomer on the upper portion of the Gunflint. Work should begin on the Blueberry Trail going to the Grand Portage Trails later this week. The trail has been cut so a snowmobile can get through but it is not pretty by any means.

Grooming will start again late in the week for the weekend traffic. There is not enough snow yet to cover the terrain very well. What is there has pressed into 4-6 inches of base and is hard on the drag going over the rock. We need more snow for trail conditions to improve.

The Expressway and Gunflint Trails are complete and groomed when possible to Mid-trail or a little beyond.

We want to thank those who were able to come out and help on the trails when we had scheduled crews. If you were not able to help and wanted to, we appreciate your efforts. In all honesty, the trails are beyond man-power in so many areas that we had to use machinery to do the bulk of the work.

Lakes are starting to freeze well enough for the snowmobiles to use. There will be slush on many area lakes as the ice was thin ansa the snow we got was heavy.

Remember the FUN RUN is Saturday February 6th. Watch for details and the party will end at the Snowmobile Clubhouse this year which is on the Merridian Road off the South Shore Drive of Devil Track Lake.

Follow us on facebook and call with questions 218-370-0645 Dan Anderson

Trail Grooming to Begin

Date: 
01/07/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
2-4 inches
Recent Grooming: 
Starting Friday
Current Trail Conditions: 

Most of the local Grand Marais/Gunflint Snowmobile trails have been cleared with the exception of the Blueberry Trail going toward the Grand Portage trail system. The Swamper Trail in passable but will need work to get the groomer through it. The State Trail has been groomed a couple times with access to Grand Marais possible with the snow gettting a little thin in the downtown area. This light snowfall should help with that.

The groomers are gearing up to hit the trails sometime Friday going into Friday night. The Gunflint, Expressway, Lullaby and Clearwater Spur should get groomed. We feel there is enough snow to make a pass over the trails and smooth out the bumps and rollers that have developed. We will not be crossing any lakes at this time and snowmobiles should use caution. Do not stop on any ice surface.

Watch for water and wet areas on the trails yet. There can still be trees and debris falling or crossing the trail at any time so use caution at all times. Ride safe, call us with any trails issue that are a hazard. Dan Anderson 218-370-0645

 

 

 

Gunflint Snowmobile Trail Open

Date: 
01/05/2016
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace
Recent Grooming: 
None to date
Current Trail Conditions: 

The Gunflint Snowmobile Trail is cleared from the State Trail to beyond mid trail at Co. 92. The clearing continues coming back south on the Expressway Trail toward Trestle Pine. The Expressway Trail is clear from the State Trail going north to the Trestle Pine. That loop of trails should be finished by the weeks end and grooming can hopefully start late this week. The Clearwater Spur Trail and Lullaby Trail have been cleared. The Swamper trail is passable by snowmobile but needs work for the groomer to get thru it.

Watch out for equipment on the trails and volunteers stopped along the trail working with saws or clearing brush. Feel free to stop and help for 10-15 minutes if you pass a group working.There will be soft spots and water in areas as the ground did not freeze before snow came. It will help that there was a lot of trail traffic this past weekend to help pack and  freeze the trails so the groomer can get thru.

The DNR and the Snowmobile Club is still recommending to stay off the lakes. It has not been determined that there is sufficient ice to safely snowmobile on many of our lakes yet.

Reports from the last weekend show that there were a good number of riders on the trails. Reports were not bad consideing no grooming and narrow trails in some areas. At best the report is fair to poor only to improve rapidly once the groomers can get out to smooth out what we have. More snow is forecast later this week. There is a base of 5-8 inches in most areas at this time with the trials being bumpy and ungroomed. The areas I cleared this weekend were not rough but had a roll to them.

It is projected to take another two weeks to open the Blueberry Trail linking us the the trails in Grand Portage. The Lullaby trail should be open in the next week. It has not been cleared by the Club as of yet.

Ride safe and call with any information, volunteer help or finacial support. 218-370-0645 Dan

Trail Clearing Progress Report

Date: 
12/29/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
Trace
Recent Grooming: 
No Grooming Yet
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trail progress is slow but moving in the right direction. The Gunflint trail has had the most work completed at this time. Clearing started south of Devil Track Lake and should reach mid-trail by weeks end. The Expressway is cleared and open to Two Island campground with a little touch up needed for the groomer to get through but is passable by snowmobile. Caution needs to be used at Trestle Pine as no one has crossed the ice yet. The equipment has been moved around to the north side of Trestle Pine and work will begin going north from there on Wednesday. Expect a lot of down trees and brush in that area and consider it non-passable until cleared.

Our goal is to get that loop of two trails completed first for the upcoming Gunflint Mail-Run Sled Dog race on Jan. 9th. We will evaluate the remaining trails from that point. The lakes are NOT SAFE to ride on yet. Numerous reports of break throughs and thin ice are reported. The trails have wet and water in some areas as the ground is not froze. Use caution if you do go out and be aware at all times of what is around you.

The Clearwater Loop ahs been cleared enough for a groomer get get through.

The Swamper Trail and Blueberry Trail are not passable on snowmobile at this time. It is going to take considerable time to get those open.

Trail work progressing

Date: 
12/26/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
4" on top of the 12" last week
Recent Grooming: 
NONE
Current Trail Conditions: 

Trail work is progressing slowly. The club has had equipment clearing trees for the past seven days from last weeks wet heavy  snow. The Gunflint snowmobile trail has been opened up to the Lulaby Trail. Work and equipment are woking daily continuiing north. Progress in measured by two and three miles a day.

The Expressway is cleared from the State trail nearly to Two Island Lake. Some equipment was used but Saturday seven people used saws and manpower to clear 2 1/2 miles. It is brutal to cut and clear with the amount of downed trees and deep snow this way.

Heavy equipment is needed to expedite the work but funding is not available thru any agency reached to this point. Volunteers are few and far between as only a couple calls have come thru.

We would like to thank Andrea and Tony Everson, Dan Everson, Cody Johnson, Thomas and Owen Anderson for their help this weekend. Thanks a ton people!!

Our goal is to open Gunflint and Epressway to mid-trail and evaluate from there. Updates to continue regularly.

Dan Anderson

370-0645

Snowmobile trails CLOSED

Date: 
12/19/2015
Recent Snowfall: 
10-12 inches
Recent Grooming: 
None
Current Trail Conditions: 

NOTICE - - The Cook County Snowmobile Trails are CLOSED due to major trees fall with the last snowfall. Trees are down to the point that the trails are impassable and be warned that the lakes are NOT SAFE to travel on. Devil Track was half open on Thursday Dec. 17th. Do not attempt to ride the trails or lakes for at least two weeks. Notice will be posted when trails are cleared. If you are able to assist the snowmobile club with trail work please call Dan Anderson at 370-0645.