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Sault Ste. Marie Michigan Snowmobile Trail Report

TRAIL REPORT

UPDATE 1/31/2021

 

 

We’ve had a very busy weekend on our trails! All trails were groomed twice yesterday and should be back in good shape after very heavy traffic yesterday. Please keep in mind that some parts of trail 8 will have moguls, not from snow but from the dirt underneath having moguls. We are filling them in with the snow that we have but we need lots more. They’re calling for possibly 8” by the weekend and that will help a lot. Here’s the report…

 

 

 

 

8 out to Brimley is in good shape

 

 

 

 

8 coming out of Brimley toward Raco has some moguls and will improve with more snow

 

 

 

 

City trails are all in good shape, watch for branches in spots

 

 

 

 

472 out of Kinross west to 480 out to Raco (the Spile Dam)- Good- one small section of Whiskey River road is being plowed by loggers but we are working on that section with the recent snow.

 

 

 

 

Kinross 494 behind the airport to 49 south toward Pickford is in good condition, some moguls

 

 

 

 

Raco/ Bay Mills / Brimley loop ( 8 and 889) is excellent

 

 

 

 

Ride safe and keep the snow dances going!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve had a busy year, brushing, signing and performing necessary repairs on our 100 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. We are ready for the season! The work never ends with trail maintenance, groomer maintenance and DNR grant paper work. We appreciate all of our volunteers and the land owners that allow us to have the trail system that we have.

 

 

 

 

Stay safe everyone and we’ll see you on the trails very soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-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- a few moguls due to dirt underneath and lack of snow

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Brimley to Raco, Trail #8 

 

 

 

 

Good-  may have moguls due to lack of snow and heavy traffic

 

 

 

 

When going across the bridge in Brimley make sure you go with your 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

 

 

 

 

Excellent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Good- watch for wet areas and debris, especially between Kewadin and The Antlers Restaurant

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Sault Ste. Marie to Kinross, Trail #49 –

 

 

 

 

Good- need more snow to cover the brush popping up through the trail. We can only make it south to Devils Hill because there are still a lot of wet areas, some are as deep as 5’ of water under the ice use extreme caution here!!!

 

 

 

 

Make sure you follow reroute once you cross bridge going south at 7 Mile road .

 

 

 

 

 

*Kinross loop & south to Pickford, Parts of Trail #49, #472, and #494- Good-  thin in spots and some moguls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GOOD- some moguls due to dirt and lack of snow to fill them in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a long stretch of road riding along Ploegstra Road before you get to the Spile Adam area where it is down to pavement.

 

 

Other Important Snowmobile Links listed below.