Friday (1/10) drove up to Eagle Harbor (from Minneapolis), via a fish fry in Eagle River. Returned monday (1/13) via Bergland, Manitowish Waters and then down to Hwy 8 and back to MSP.
As of monday, NO SNOW south of Manitowish Waters. Trails there were groomed but couldn't have had more than and inch of snow. Any use of the trails and they will be to te dirt.
Slightly more snow, but minimal up to the south end of Lake Gogebic. Ice is apparently in good shape as many are riding the lake. By Bergland, all is groomed, decent snow cover and I suspect decent riding.
From Rockland/Mass City area up to Houghton was better yet. Nothing like normal for this time of year, but definately rideable, and trails looked to be in good to very good condition.
North of Houghton has less snow on the ground. On the northwest side (Eagle Harbor, Eagle River, etc.) most snow blew away before it could be packed or groomed. Most trails gravel and dirt. On the Lac La Belle and Gay side, snow is decent. Trails fair to good depending on where based on wind and snow cover.
Best riding is between Bergland and Hougton. If you don't mind "snirt" then south to the WI/MI line or north of Hougton.
According to local weather, temps are to stay with "hi's" in the teens and lows just above zero for the next week. Apparently just perfect for lake effect. These areas are seeing between 2" and 4" per day.
All of the above based on riding north of Hougton and driving/looking on the way home from there on down.
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