Trail Conditions: Poor
Snow Cover: Base is either hard ice, crusty snow or frozen dirt
Date of Report: March 17, 2018
March 17, 2018 – 7:10am
VILAS COUNTY TRAILS
TO REMAIN OPEN THROUGH THE WEEKEND
Well, if you want to take one more ride in Vilas County it will have to be this weekend. The Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance President has contacted all 11 Clubs. The recommendation from these 11 Clubs to the Vilas County Park & Recreation Administrator is to have the trails remain open this weekend with a closing either Monday or Tuesday of next week.
11 degrees at 7:10am with temps moving up to a high of 44 degrees today. The evil sun will be out.
As for the trails in Eagle River, Sno-Eagles Trails are POOR to FAIR. In town trails have very little snow & are snirty. Many of the road trails for the most part have little or snow. The base is hard on some of the “grade” but there is also crusty base & frozen dirt in the AM & mushy conditions in the afternoon. At road crossings little or no snow on them.
In woods trails particularly way out east & north are FAIR. That would be 6 to 10 miles or more out of town & under the cover of trees. Getting to them would mean a lot of adventure sledding to get there however. Trailering & dropping off to ride is a good bet.
Here are some continuing areas to be aware of:
Trail 1N logging operation continues in the section between the Town Hall road & Eagle Lake. There are log piles along side of the trails with icy grainy & burn out section conditions. It would be good to slow down.
The Northland Pines School Forest logging project has expanded to Trail 17N. It begins on the east side of Hwy 45N. From town that would be heading north and when you reach the 17N/3N intersection on the west side of the highway & cross Hwy 45N it begins just as you get across the road onto the trail. There are logs & equipment in that area. Much of the remaining snow was plowed. Would recommend not riding this section.
Catfish Lake Loop & Eagle Lake Trails are marked with orange easy to see reflective barrels. Please stay by the barrels to be safe. At the entrance to Eagle Lake on the south side off of Dollar Lake Rd there are some soft spots. Trail Boss is keeping an eye on it. Reminder that the Catfish Lake Trail that ran from Braywood to Lumpy’s is not open. Please do not trespass on private land.
If you are coming into the area the best riding will be along the far north edge of the County heading east & west. Recommend calling contacts up there or checking trails reports for those areas.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Think I hear the Fat Lady Singing.
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News and Reports:
- March 31 – Saturday Night Out at Lumpy’s – 5:30pm Cocktails with Dinner at 6:00pm
- April 10 – Sno-Eagles Board of Directors Meeting – Snowmobile Hall of Fame – 7:00pm
- April 19 – General Membership Meeting – 6:30pm snacks with meeting at 7:00pm
- April 28- SNO(Saturday Night Day Out) – 5:30pm Cocktails with Dinner at 6:00pm
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