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Sault Ste. Marie Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

TRAIL REPORT

1/31/2023

Temps warmer than normal have really challenged us this season. We finally have cold temps and that has drastically helped our trail system.  There is a temporary trail closure of trail 49 from Alberta Lane to Gaines Highway due to thin ice over a few wet areas that are not solid enough for the weight of a groomer yet. All other trails are in good to excellent shape.   Please check the Facebook page for the latest updates. Also new this season- we are now on the Groomer Tracker app! You can download it and sign up to follow our trail system for the latest info of what trails have been groomed. It’s $10 for a year and half of that goes to us as the club! Check it out in your phones App Store or at www.GroomerTracker.com

Ride safe, ride right, ride sober! Please scroll down for each trail.

 

—We’ve had a busy year, brushing, signing and performing necessary repairs on our 103 mile trail system and our equipment. Please see our Facebook page for pictures and updates on what our dedicated volunteers have accomplished. Thank you all for riding our trail system and supporting the businesses that support the Sault Ste. Marie Snowmobile Association!—

 

-There is now a plowed parking area at the beginning of trail #8 under the International Bridge, which has an all season porta John.  Make sure you lock your vehicles and trailers.

 

-We now have a marked trail going to Chippewa Motors.  It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449.  It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service.

-City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember most City streets are open to traffic 20 mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right hand side of street not on side walks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.

-When the trail is running along roads make sure you go with the flow of traffic on the right side of the road.

-Remember trail base is the amount of snow between your track and the ground below not the amount of fluff piled up in the woods.  10 inches of snow compresses to less then a inch on the trail.

-If you are staying in the Sault please look at our list of supporters on our web page and give them your business.  Please do that in all towns you visit.  The grooming entities are all made up of volunteers who want you to support those who support us!!!!!!

 

-Follow us on Facebook too!

-www.sootrails.org

 

*Sault Ste. Marie to Brimley, Trail #8 –

Good – groomed 1/31

 

*Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 and #480 to just west of Spile Dam-

Excellent – groomed 1/31- Please use extra caution between Irish Line Rd and the Raco powerline. There is a new culvert here that you will catch air on and potentially lose control if you’re going too fast.

When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with the flow of traffic! Blowing and drifting occurs when you first leave Brimley.

Watch for trail change going south just before getting to Raco.

*Mission Hill trail #889

Good  – groomed 1/30

*Bay Mills Connector Trail-

Good – groomed 1/30

There is a very large washout here! DO NOT attempt to cross it! We have rerouted around it along the road shoulder

 

*Sault Ste. Marie City Trail, Trails #497, #449, parts of #8 & #49

Excellent- groomed 1/31

Be sure to stop at the stop sign on top of the hill by the tunnel. It is very difficult for groomers to stop when they are going up hill so please stop and stay off to the side.

We now have a marked trail going to Chippewa Motors. It starts once you come out of the woods east of M-129 off #449. It comes into their parking lot from behind if you need parts or service.

City curfew is from 1 am – 6 am. Remember most City streets are open to traffic 20 mph, stop at all intersections, and ride on the right hand side of the street, not on side walks. Watch for closed streets that are posted, mainly around the hospital, university, and state trunk lines.

 

*Sault Ste. Marie to Kinross, Trail #49 – CLOSED from Alberta Lane to Gaines Hwy until further notice due to thin ice over wet areas that cannot be groomed at this time

 

*Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494-

Excellent- groomed 1/31

 

*Kinross to Raco & Rudyard, Parts of trail #472 & #480-

Excellent – groomed 1/31

There is a long stretch of road riding along Ploegstra Road before you get to the Spile Dam area where it is down to pavement when we do not have recent snow

Ride safe, ride right, ride sober!

Other Important Snowmobile Links listed below.