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March 23, 2011 - Gaylord

Surprise! Believe it or not we now have the best snow of the season. We received close to a foot of fresh snow overnight and it's still snowing. Check out the Gaylord Cam to see it with your own eyes. Temps will remain below freezing through the weekend. Hope you're able to make it up for what might be the best riding of the season.


March 9, 2011 - Gaylord

This could be our last decent weekend for riding. It's snowing right now and the trail conditions are the best they've been for a few weeks. The trails are smooth and have a frozen base. We're suppose to get more snow tonight and tomorrow. If you want to make sure you get in one last good ride for the season you may want to come up this weekend. - Ken

February 16, 2011 - Gaylord

Sorry to report the trails near Gaylord are in pretty bad shape. The recent warm-up combined with plenty of sunshine have turned them into slush and mud. It's not looking good for this weekend. It's supposed to get colder and chance of snow late in the weekend. Stay tuned! - Ken

February 11, 2011 - Gaylord

The trails are about in the same condition as last weekend. We received about eight inches of snow this week, which gave us a much needed freshening. The groomers have been out every day. They are calling for 6-8 inches on Sunday. It's suppose to warm up next week, so you might want to make it up this weekend if you can. - Ken

February 2, 2011 - Gaylord

The trails are in pretty good shape. We received about six inches of snow overnight which really helped. Trails are being groomed and are nice and flat. Off trail riding remains great! Please be sure to only cross railroad tracks at designated crossings. If people continue to ride the tracks and or cross them in undesignated areas, we will loose the trail. This is especially true for the tracks that run along the east side of Otsego Lake. This will be strictly enforced. Please be sure to spread the word. Ride safely. - Ken

January 24, 2011 - Gaylord

Trails are in pretty decent shape. We've received plenty of lake effect snow, but could really use some system snow to build a better base. The trails are being groomed. Off trail and back road riding is excellent. The temps have been very cold and are forecasted to remain so for the for seeable future. - Ken

January 20, 2011 - Gaylord

The Gaylord area received a fresh foot of snow the over last several days. The trails are ride able but are a little dirty. We could use some system snow to create a good base. The forecast for the next several day calls for very cold temps which will help keep what we have. Conditions aren't perfect, but don't let that stop you from coming up to ride this weekend. - Ken



February 25, 2009 - Gaylord

The trails around Gaylord continue to be in good shape. We received over a foot of snow last Saturday, which added to the hard pack. The snow is coming down right now, as I type this. Lots of off trail powder to play in. This weekend should be another great weekend for riding. Not sure how many more we have left. - Ken

February 18, 2009 - Gaylord

After a warm up and rain last week, we have received more snow. Everyone that skipped last weekend missed out on some good ridding. Four new inches last night and another foot possible by Friday. The trails are rideable and are in decent shape. If we get the snow they are predicting this weekend should be great. - Ken

February 2, 2009 - Gaylord

The trails continue to be in great shape. It stayed below freezing all of January so the snow is still perfect. All the groomers are running and keeping the trails smooth. Until you read differently, you can assume the trails around Gaylord are in fine condition. - Ken

January 7, 2009 - Gaylord

Trails are still in great shape. Plenty of good base with packed powder on top. Icy spots in some of the turns. System and Lake Effect snow in the forecast for everyday in the foreseeable future. All the groomers are working a doing a fine job. Come on up! - Ken

December 22, 2008 - Gaylord

Hallelujah!! Trail 4 is now being groomed. We have a great base and tons of snow on top. The National Weather Service is calling for snow, everyday, for the foreseeable future. This will be the best holiday riding in years. See you all on the trails! - Ken

December 18, 2008 - Gaylord and Jordan Valley

After a day of rain, Gaylord received plenty of new snow this week. The rain and system snow helped to create a good solid base. The fresh powder on top has the trails in great shape. Trail 4 from Old State to Lakes of the North is still not being groomed. Someone is really dropping the ball on this one. We are off to one of the best seasons ever for snow. Not having this trail groomed, by now, is inexcusable. The Jordan Valley trails are in great shape. This will be a great weekend to come up and ride. - Ken

December 10, 2008 - Gaylord

Gaylord has set an all time snowfall record for this time of the year. We have received 73.7 inches so far this season. That's the good news. The bad news is, Trail #4 between Old 27 and Lakes of the North has yet to be groomed. This is a very popular route and a lot of people are very upset about it. The Trail along side Old 27 and the North Branch are groomed. There is also plenty of snow on the back roads. This should be a good weekend for riding. - Ken

December 4, 2008 - Gaylord

According to the DNR the Old 27 Rail Bed and the North Branch trails are being groomed. The trail to the west of Old 27, along Mancelona Road, to Lakes of the North is not currently being groomed. They are having equipment issues and hope to be grooming sometime next week. We are suppose to get a lot of lake effect snow today, tonight and tomorrow. With all that snow riding this weekend should be just fine. - Ken

December 3, 2008 - Gaylord

We have tons of snow. More than enough for good riding. See the cam: This is the best start to our season in years. Still no sign of a groomer yet. Hopefully it will be out before this weekend. I will keep you posted. - Ken

December 1, 2008 - Gaylord

We received 7 inches of fresh powder overnight. There were a lot of people out enjoying their opening day ride. Still no groomers in sight. There is a decent base, but it the trails aren't groomed soon, they will get pretty beaten up. Let's hope the groomer shows up soon before that happens. The DNR has assured us that they are on top of it. I will keep you posted. - Ken

November 30, 2008 - Gaylord

We certainly have enough snow to ride on. I haven't seen the groomers out yet, but will check on it tomorrow and let you know. The trails officially open tomorrow. - Ken

October 28, 2008 - Gaylord

Gaylord received its first dusting of snow overnight. It has certainly put a lot of people in the mood for riding. Now is a good time to make sure your machine is ready for winter. The trails open December 1st, as long as there is enough snow. Looking forward to seeing everyone back up north again this season. THINK SNOW! -Ken

Baldwin Area Trail Report


April 1, 2008 - Northern Michigan

Well, the snowmobile trails are officially closed for the season. All and all is was a pretty good year for snowmobiling in Northern Michigan. Once again, the clubs did a great job keeping the trails in tip top shape. Thank you to everyone who contributed time and money to help make Northern Michigan a great place to ride. Hope to see you all again next season. Take care. - Ken

March 25, 2008 - Gaylord

Thanks to five new inches of snow, the trails are in great shape. I rode from Gaylord to Waters on Trail 7 today and it was great. The base is still frozen solid with fresh snow on top. Even though they have stopped grooming, the trail is very smooth. They are calling for another storm on Thursday. I would recommend coming up this weekend. The trails close at the end of the month. - Ken

March 18, 2008 - Gaylord

We haven't received much snow since the last report. The temperatures have been cold, so there is still hard packed snow and ice on the trails. There will be some diehards out there this weekend, but conditions are marginal at best. The snow depth is still pretty good in the area, so the off trail riding is fine. - Ken

March 4, 2008 - Gaylord

The Gaylord area trails still have snow covered ice on them. The ice has created a lot of bumpy and slippery spots. We are suppose to get more lake effect snow this week and weekend, which should help a lot. Off trail riding is still fine. We have about 16 inches on the ground. With only a few weeks left in the season, you might want to come up soon to get some riding in. - Ken

February 27, 2008 - Gaylord

Gaylord still has plenty of rideable snow both on and off the trails. There are some icy spots in the curves, so be careful. Snow is in the forecast everyday for the next week. With the cold temperatures, the snow should be just fine for a ride this weekend. - Ken

February 10, 2008 - Gaylord, Jordan Valley, Grayling, Alba, Lewiston and Luzurne.

Sorry for the late report. The trails are so nice I've been doing a lot of sledding and getting behind in my work. From Graying to Mackinaw across the entire tip of the mitt area, the riding is exceptional. A great frozen base and lots of packed powder on top. All the groomers are out doing a great job keeping them smooth. Now is a great time to plan a snowmobile trip to the Gaylord area. - Ken

January 31, 2008 - Gaylord Area

Trails are in decent shape. There are some icy spots in open areas where the snow has been blown off the trail. The bitter cold temperatures, this week, have created a solid base. There is about eight inches of packed powder on top. Snow is in the forecast everyday for the next week. With the solid base underneath the groomers will be able to keep the trails in decent shape. - Ken

January 24, 2008 - Gaylord - Grayling - Frederick Areas

The recent snow and cold temperatures have kept the trails in great shape. All the groomers have been busy day and night keeping the trails is perfect shape. This weekend will be some of the best riding conditions of the season. Don't miss a great opportunity to ride. - Ken

January 17, 2008 - Gaylord - Vanderbilt - Wolverine - Indian River - Cheboygan - Mackinaw

The trails were great from Gaylord to Mackinaw and back. Good base and lots of fresh powder on top. The groomers have been doing a great job of keeping them smooth. Nine of us left Gaylord Thursday morning and rode to Mackinaw and back. We were treated to some great riding conditions. Come on up! See photos below. - Ken

Gaylord group in route to Mackinaw enjoying great snow conditions on January 17, 2008.
Gaylord group arrives at the Mackinaw Bridge January 17, 2008.

January 14, 2008 - Gaylord Area

Things are looking up. We have received snow everyday since last Friday. We are starting to get a base again on the trails. There is about 6-7 inches of packed snow now. We are headed up to Mackinaw on Thursday. I will let you know how the trails look. It's supposed to stay cold and snow almost everyday this week, turning even colder for the weekend. Riding should be good all weekend long. - Ken

January 7, 2008 - Gaylord Area

Needless to say, the trails are in pretty bad shape. The recent warm up and rain have all but destroyed the trails. Just icy spots now. They are calling for snow and cold starting Wednesday. With some luck, this weekend could be salvaged. Think Snow! - Ken

December 30, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Friday's snow storm added 8-10 inches over the area. Trails are in great shape. They are being groomed twice per day. There are a lot of people out there right now. You may want to consider doing some back road and off road riding until after the holidays. - Ken

December 26, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Well, our predicted snow storm never materialized. The trails are not in very good shape. Solid ice for the most part. People are out riding, but I would not recommend it. At least the ground is good and frozen. Any snow we receive now should stay. Snow is in the forecast for all of this weekend. Hopefully we'll be back to some good riding by then. - Ken

December 23, 2007 - Gaylord Area

The trails took quite a beating last night and early this morning due to the rain and above freezing temperatures. Temperatures dropped back down below freezing today and turned everything to ice. If we get the predicted six inches of snow, tonight and tomorrow the trails should be fine for riding over the Christmas holiday. The ground is finally cold enough to keep the snow around for a while. I will give you another report after the pending snowstorm. - Ken

December 18, 2007 - Gaylord - Lovells - Grayling - Frederick - Starvation Lake Areas

Trail 4 from Gaylord to Lovells was in great shape. The groomer has been doing a nice job. From Lovells to Grayling it's pretty decent, but they could use a little more snow. The trail is a little snirty in spots and rocks are working there way through in spots. They have been grooming and doing a pretty good job. Starvation lake is in good shape. Plenty of snow and well groomed. - Ken

December 11, 2007 - Gaylord - Indian River - Cheboyan - Mackinaw Areas

The trail from Gaylord to Mackinaw continues to be in great shape. Plenty of base and lots of fresh powder has the trails in the best shape in years. Thanks to a grant from the DNR and a lot of club volunteer man hours, many improvements have been made to the trail. New tunnel at Parmater road north of Gaylord, lot's of new signage and a new surface have made this an exceptional trail. No more rocks working their way up. Do yourself a favor and check out this trail the next time you're here. - Ken

December 3, 2007 - Gaylord Area

We have great riding conditions. Saturday's storm gave us a foot of good heavy base. We have received another foot of lake effect since then. The groomer has been out and the trails are in perfect shape. It's suppose to stay cold and snow everyday this week. It's a great weekend to come up and ride. - Ken


March 14, 2007 - Gaylord Area

The last few days of warm weather have really taken a toll on the trails. Most areas are dirt with some scattered icy patches. If we don't get some significant snow and cold soon this season could be over. There is still snow on the back roads. Off road riding is still fine. - Ken

March 8, 2007 - Gaylord - Jordan River - Chandler Hills - Vanderbilt

Trails were in great shape today. Jordan valley was beautiful. Everyone is still grooming. It started to warm up a little with temps in the low 40's. At the end of the day the trails were starting to get a little slushy in spots. The weather forecast for this weekend is warm and sunny. If that's the case, the trails will be very slushy by then. - Ken

March 7, 2007 - Gaylord - Indian River - Cheboygan - Mackinaw

The cold temps and daily snowfall have kept the trails is great shape. Rode from Gaylord to Mackinaw and back. The trails were smooth all the way. Trail 7 north of Wolverine had some bare spots due to the wind blowing the snow off the trail. Overall it was a great ride. It's suppose to warm up some and possibly rain this weekend. Stay tuned! - Ken

March 4, 2007 - Gaylord - Frederic - Grayling - Lovells Area

The Gaylord area trails were in the best shape of the season this weekend. Plenty of snow and cold temperatures rewarded the 1000's of snowmobilers who made the trip to Gaylord. Saturday night was the busiest I've seen it this year. Today we tried the Frederic trails to Grayling and Lovells. The trails were in good shape from Frederic to Graying, but after Grayling it was very bumpy to Lovells. We turned around after a few miles and headed back to Frederic. The back roads provided some great riding too. Not sure how much longer this season will last. Better make plans soon if you want to get in your last ride. - Ken

February 28, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Trails were a little slushy today due to temps in the mid 30's. A lot of people were out riding. A winter storm is predicted for Thursday and Friday, which will get the trails back in good condition for this weekend. I will keep you posted. - Ken

February 25, 2007 - Gaylord Area

The trails were busy this weekend. By Saturday night most of the trails were pretty beat due to the marginal snow conditions. A winter storm has moved into our area today and will continue through most of tomorrow, dropping five to nine inches of fresh snow. The groomers will be busy getting the trails in great riding condition for the start of the week. - Ken

February 22, 2007 - Gaylord Area

An inch or so of snow fell overnight. It's snowing now and should continue throughout the day. Temps have dropped back into the 20's. It's supposed to turn cold with temps in the single digits for the next few days. Trails are marginal, but rideable. Back road and off road riding is great. Still lots of deep powder. Keep your plans for riding this weekend. - Ken

February 21, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Mild temps in the 30's and 40's the last two days have all but destroyed the trails around Gaylord. A snow storm is predicted for this weekend. We need it desperately. Secondary roads are still in pretty good shape and are your best choice for riding in the mean time. - Ken

February 15, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Trails are still in good shape. The groomer has been doing a very good job keeping them smooth. With the way things have been this season, it's probably a good idea to make plans soon to come to the Gaylord area to enjoy some snowmobiling. - Ken

February 15, 2007 - Ishpheming - Negaunee - Marquette - Big Bay

Trails are in pretty decent shape. I was surprised by the lack of snow. Usually by this time of year there is a good base and lots of snow for the groomers to work with. Many areas had rocks working their way to the surface. Many corners are pretty icy. The snow on the trails through the towns of Negaunee and Ishpeming is pretty sparse. All in all the trails are rideable. The snow is better the closer you get to Big Bay. - Ken

February 10, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Nothing new to report. Trails are still in great condition. Gary, Pat, Sheryl and I are headed up to Ishpeming Sunday morning for few days of riding. We will be going through Negaunee, Marquette and up to Big Bay. I'll let you know how things are in that neck of the woods. If you are riding in that area on Monday or Tuesday and see us, be sure to say hi. We will be wearing blue Porlais jackets that read, "" on the back. You might spot us at the Yooper store too! See you on the trails. - Ken

February 6, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Trails are in great shape in the Gaylord area. The daily activity of the groomer has been keeping them wide and smooth. Mother Nature has been providing fresh Lake Effect snow daily. Snow and cold temperatures are predicted everyday for the rest of the week through the weekend. Riding in the Gaylord area will continue to be great! Come on up! - Ken

February 2, 2007 - Gaylord - Indian River - Cheboygan - Mackinaw - Alanson - Chandler Hills

Rode from Gaylord to Mackinaw today by way of trails 7, 720 and 9. Gaylord trails were smooth and freshly groomed. Our friends from Indian River were given the O.K. by the DNR to resume grooming. The trail was much improved since our attempt to ride it on Monday. The new trail from Indian River to Cheboygan had lots of fresh snow and was groomed. Unfortunately because of the lack of a good frozen base, a lot of stones and gravel on the railroad grades are working their way to the surface. Skis and skags are going to take a beating. The trail from Cheboygan to Mackinaw was great.

On the ride back we went through Alanson. Good snow there. Trails are is good shape. Unfortunately we tried trail 76 through Chandler Hills. What a mistake. The trail was horrible. We cutoff on Woodward road, went west and then south on Camp Ten road. Shoulders had good snow to ride on. We are suppose to get six to 10 inches of lake effect by Saturday afternoon. The trails should be hopping this weekend. Ride safe. - Ken

February 1, 2007 - Gaylord and Lovells Area

Trails were in pretty good condition today. Rode from Gaylord to Frederic to Grayling to Lovells to Gaylord to Lakes of the North to Starvation Lake and then back to Gaylord. Saw lots of groomer action. It's supposed to stay cold and we should get more accumulation. We are headed to Mackinaw tomorrow to check out the new Indian River to Cheboygan trail. I will let you know how it was tomorrow. - Ken

January 30, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Mother nature was good to us last weekend and gave the Gaylord area some much needed snow. We rode yesterday and the Gaylord trails were fine. We met the groomer three times while we were out. We cut our trip to Mackinaw short because unfortunately the good folks in Indian River were not grooming for some reason. The trail from Wolverine north was terrible. We turned around and headed back to Gaylord where everything was fine. The trail is still a little "snirty" is places but at least it's smooth to ride on. We are going to be riding the trails in the Lovells area on Thursday. I'll let you know how they are. - Ken

January 24, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Trails are rideable. We've been getting about an inch or so each day for the past week. Just enough to freshen the trails. No big storms predicted for the near future. The riding is decent. Finally getting some base. It's supposed to stay cold through the weekend. Trails should be in pretty good condition for some weekend fun. See you on the trails. - Ken

January 19, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Been snowing since last night. Six fresh inches of snow as of noon. Should get some good lake effect all day and overnight. Trails are looking pretty good. Should be the best weekend for snowmobiling so far this season. Come on up! - Ken

January 18, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Winter Lake Effect watch in effect for Thursday night through Friday. We could get hit with twelve plus inches of lake effect snow. The riding could be great this weekend. Be sure to check the cam. I'll keep you posted. - Ken

January 17, 2007 - Gaylord Area

We received about six inches of snow this week but, the trails are marginal at best. There is still not much of a base. They are predicting more lake effect snow for this Friday and Saturday. If we get it, the trails should be decent. Still not mid season conditions yet.

January 14, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Still nothing to ride on. I've see a few guys out there riding on snow and sand. Not a very smart thing to do. Don't know what they are thinking. Snow is in the forecast for the next couple of days. As soon as the trails are rideable you'll see it here first. - Ken

January 9, 2007 - Gaylord Area

We are finally starting to get some snow. Six plus inches on the ground right now. Should get another four or five inches tonight and tomorrow. It's all lake effect. See live webcam. Still no base underneath. Trail riding is not recommended at this time. - Ken

January 1, 2007 - Gaylord Area

Happy New Year....Still nothing to report. No snow in sight. We will report it the minute the trails are ready. Think Snow! - Ken

December 12, 2006 - Gaylord Area

Gaylord area trails are currently unrideable due to rain. Information will be posted as soon as the trails are ready to be used again. - Ken

December 7, 2006 - Gaylord Area

Just talked to the Gaylord area groomer. Even though we received a lot of snow, most of it has been lake effect. He just used the pan blade on the groomer to pack the 18 inches down to about 5 inches. The trails are definitely rideable, but could get torn up quickly. Hopefully people will ride gently until the base gets better. - Ken

December 5, 2006 - Gaylord Area

Things are looking up. We had plenty of snow the last few days to ride on. The ground underneath is still a little soft. We could still use a little more base but all in all it's rideable. A lot of diehards have been out there putting on some miles. Off trail and the backroads are great. If the snow continues as forecasted, the trails should be fine by this weekend. - Ken

December 1, 2006 - Gaylord Area

Gaylord area snowmobile trails officially opened today. Mother nature is doing her best to cover them with snow. Snowmobiling is not recommended at this time due to the lack of base. Hopefully this snowfall will continue throughout the week and provide some great riding for next weekend. Stay tuned for my next report. - Ken



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