Washburn Ranger District Trail Report:
Date of Report: 1/18/2018
Open: Excellent condition
The whole county received some much welcomed snow earlier this week! Our groomers are out there getting our trails in great shape. Detailed reports from snowmobile club trail reporters are posted below. Get ready for some great riding!
Namakagon Trail Groomers: All trails had been groomed prior to the new snow. The system is in Great shape!! With the new snow of 5-8 in. they will get even better! We have a base of 5-8 in. Namakagon Trail Groomers will be out laying down the new snow and getting the trails tip top before the weekend. We do have a couple areas that are going continue to be of concerns. One being Trail 90 at Old Grade and Federal roads. Heavy logging traffic. They are running trucks in and out Old Grade and Federal rd. Both roads are marked as detour for trail 90 however the town had to plow down so the trucks can meet each other. Another area of caution is trail 15 north of Club Lake Rd. Water from a spring continues to weep out of the hillside where the trail had to be rebuilt last year causing ICE down and across the trail! As always watch for Groomers and ride safe!
Snojacks: All trails are in very good condition with a 4″ to 6″ base after early week new snowfall amounts of 8″ to 10″. All trails are being groomed and work will continue up until the weekend. Trails should hold up through the warmer temps forecast for the weekend with more snow expected early next week.
Barnes Barnestormers: With the additional snow we received we are receiving reports from riders that the trails are in great shape, all of our trails are groomed with grooming operations continuing through Thursday. Dozing, brushing and grooming operations will continue through Thursday on 31S, use caution if traveling in that directions. Ride safe!
Bayfield County Snowmobile Alliance – Iron River Area: All area trails will have had at least one pass since latest snowfall by daylight Thursday, 1/18/18, including the Tri County Corridor. Depending on weather conditions operations will continue throughout the weekend only during nighttime hours to avoid groomer/snowmobile conflicts.
Valhallers: With the 6-8 inches of fresh snow on Monday night, local trail conditions have gotten even better! Trail 13N from Washburn to Valhalla is being groomed today (1/17) and Trail 13S from Washburn to the Tri-County Corridor will be groomed on Thursday (1/18). Any previous bare spots are now covered and our nice base continues to build. We expect trails to be in very-good to excellent condition for the upcoming weekend.
The Valhalla area received 12 inches of new snow earlier this week. Everything is awesome. The trail to the casino is also open. All trails in excellent condition.
South Shore Trail Club – Port Wing, Herbster & Cornucopia: Groomed Trail 1 to Corny Monday, 1/15/18, Trails 40 & 41 will be done Thursday 1/18/18. Lots of snow and great trail conditions in the North.
WAINO Riders – Northwest corner of the County: Trail 1 from Brule to Port Wing received anywhere from a foot to 2 feet of Lake Superior powder on Monday. It will get a fresh grooming before the weekend and will be in great shape.
– Trail 1 near Port Wing: This is now open but use caution as ruts have frozen into the ground.
– Trail 63 in the Cable Area: Trail 63 just south of the intersection with Trail 70 south of the town of Cable is closed until further notice.
– Trail 13 outside Washburn, follow signs. Permanent reroute.
– Trail 4 east of Mason, follow signs. Seasonal reroute for now, includes road routes.
– Trail 70 south of Cable, follow signs. Seasonal reroute for now, includes road routes.
– Trail 40 Southeast of Port Wing has a timber sale going active this week so keep your eyes out and stay alert in that area.
– Trail 1 between Cornucopia and Bayfield near Henkens Road has an active logging operation. They are logging off the trail and using the trail as a haul route so use caution.
– Trail 51 south of Cornucopia near Jodi road is now being used for an active timber sale. They are logging off the trail and using the trail as a haul route so use caution. Jodi road is also being plowed for a short distance.
Order a snowmobile map online or pick one up at area businesses. You can also download the Avenza app (for free) and get the updated Snowmobile Map on your device before you hit the trails – locate yourself on the trail map with GPS so you can see where you are, even with no cell reception! If you’d like to see the sponsor businesses on the same type of map, try the Trail Treker app ($1.99); the map is a free download with the code “Washburn2017.”
Woodside Cottages of Bayfield:
Date of Report: 1/18/2018
Below is the most recent post by Gary on Jan 16th (posted on JohnDee.com):
“We had very good riding Friday–Monday in the Bayfield/Valhalla area with friends and Woodside Cottage’s guests. FRs are good to very good and most sections of the trails are the same. Jackie and I rode with Laura and Jonathan from www.woodsidecottages.com Monday afternoon just prior to the heavy LES that added about 6″ to the snow depth.
There are short sections of trails where logging is taking place so expect those areas to be plowed: TR1 east of Henkens Rd, TR51 past Jodi Rd and TR41 east of TR19. Plus some of the FRs between TR19 and TR40 are plowed for logging as well as Henkens Rd and Echo Valley Rd north of Star Route.
With the fresh snow from yesterday, conditions will be excellent.”