January 26th UPDATE: Last night a couple of tractors went out and panned the grade. There is not much snow to work with but it did fill in some of the water holes and hopefully it froze down flat. They took a groomer out on 8-10 north of Mercer and found a little more snow to work with. With cold temps and some snow in the forecast, they will try and get the groomers out to at least pan the Mercer trails. Swamp areas are questionable at this time. We definitely need snow and cold temps.
January 25th: Trail conditions in the MERCER area remain poor. Received a dusting of snow overnight but that does not help with the current trail conditions. Due to two days of rain this past weekend and the warm temps trails are slushy and there are areas with bare spots. All grooming remains on hold for now. The flowage is rough and slushy. Riding is not recommended for now in the Mercer area.
We are including some area trail reports.
HURLEY Snowmobile Trail Report, Monday, Januar…y 23, 2017. Conditions are updated as we receive reports from the groomers.
White Thunder Rider Groomers report trail conditions as POOR! Snow and cooler temps are in the forecast for Tuesday night. Grooming has stopped. WHEN we receive more snow, grooming will resume. We do not recommend riding at this time.
MANITOWISH WATERS- January 24 Our trails are still snow covered with a pretty decent base. They are still a bit soft, for that reason i would call Our trails fair/ poor. We haven’t been grooming because of the warm weather, the snow tends to ball up like rolling a big snowball to build a snowman and tends to do more damage than good.
PARK FALLS – All snowmobile trails are open and in fair condition. The trails are mostly snow covered but are slushy or icy due to temps above freezing. Some bare spots are beginning to appear, and road routes and road crossings are becoming thin or bare. Grooming has been halted and will resume when the temps cool.
Trails in ASHLAND COUNTY are still open, but ride at your own risk. No grooming will take place until we get cooler temperatures and more snow. Conditions are Poor. Keep dancing for more snow! Just a reminder trails are still icy in some areas.
UPDATED TRAIL REPORT: Trails are still rideable, but sorry to say, going down hill fast. All grooming is on hold as the trails are very soft and we want to try to preserve any base we have for as long as possible. Forecast is not good. Temps in the mid to upper 40’s today with sun. Temp to remain above freezing this evening with rain moving in around 4am Friday morning. Rain forecasted for Friday and light rain for Saturday. Warmer temps to continue through next week Wednesday then hopefully back to more seasonable weather.
UPDATE: Effective immediately we have to stop grooming Trail #14 (Game Rd) for timber sales until further notice. Please use caution when riding in that area.
Very busy holiday weekend in the Mercer Area. Groomers have been out full force today working on the trails. Trail #12 to Swamp Creek Road still has not been groomed. Reports are that it continues to be rideable but is rough. Trail #12 between Camp 1 and Midway Bar has been reopened but use caution when riding that area. Reports over this past weekend were that the Mercer trails were all good to very good. Weather forecast right now is for warmer temps and sun. As with most years this is the annual January thaw. In reality it is the true “Indian Summer”. Typically this usually does not cause much damage to the trails and is followed by seasonal temps and snow. So as of now the trail conditions remain good. If conditions change this week we will update this report.
Many thanks to all of you who attended the Mercer Area Sno-Goers Winter Blast. Your support made this years Winter Blast a huge success. Also, thank you to all our members who volunteered their time with setting up, working that day and cleaning up. The time and effort you spent was greatly appreciated. And thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donated to the raffles.
UPDATE: January 14, 2017 Trail #12 between Camp 1 and Midway Bar has been reopened. The trail has not been groomed due to the swamp so please use caution in that area.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: January 13, 2017 –Trail 12 between County FF to the Iron County/Ashland County Line is temporarily closed due to the swamp. This section of trail is between Camp 1 and Midway Bar.
UPDATE: January 12, 2017
***Mercer Area received between 8 – 12 inches of snow on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Trails are being groomed. Most to all of the Mercer Area trails, minus the swamp areas, should be in good shape for this weekend.***
Trails are beginning to take shape with the added couple of inches of new snow. It has been snowing at a steady rate most of the day (Tuesday) and should continue by the look of the radar into late afternoon early evening. On January 6th the Manitowish Waters Sno Skeeters used their Tucker to groom trail #8 between their trail system and the Lazy Ace. The Tucker Groomer has more floatation to go over the thinner ice. Trail #182 has been groomed from Trail #17 to The Birches Resort. Trail #182 to Springstead remains closed due to the swamp. Trail #12 to Swamp Creek Road still has not been groomed due to the swamp. There has been sleds on that trail but it is not good. Also the trail from County FF to Midway Tavern still has not been groomed but is rideable. There are a few areas where the groomers have been going around swamp holes so use caution. The remainder of the Mercer Area Trails have been groomed and are from what riders are reporting in good shape. Please ride carefully this weekend as it is a holiday weekend and there hopefully will be lots of sleds on the Mercer Area Trails. Also, if you are in Mercer on Saturday stop in at the Groomer Barn on Trail #17 for the Mercer Area Sno-Goers Winter Blast. It begins at 3pm and goes until midnight. There will be food, beer, soda, coffee and numerous raffles. Live band from 7pm until midnight.
“NOT A NORMAL WINTER”
Trail 17 South of HWY 51 is closed until this mess gets better! (see picture below)
Most of the trails that are open seem to be holding up considering everything. Swamps are still a problem so ride with caution there is one water, and stay off the lakes unless they a marked there is open water on many of them. Some tails have been groomed once but there just isn’t much to groom. We need cold weather to freeze every thing up than let it SNOW. The winter blast is still on so please come and have fun on January 16th!
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By now many of you have seen or heard we did not get any of the big storm over last weekend and yesterday. That’s right “Zippo” no snow.
I know everyone is anxiously waiting to hear of snowmobile trail openings. We just go word Iron County that trail 17, 15 – 15A, 8 – 8A, 11A, 77 – 2A, 13C, 13 from 77 south to Island Lake Road are open as of today. All other trails remain closed at this time, but they are working on them and will keep us updated.
Ride with caution, many of our lakes still have open water, swamps have open water as well.
We will try and keep everyone informed on conditions. Cross your fingers and do a snow dance for more snow.
Till next time ride safe!
Posted by: DJM