Yesterday I went out and put 100 miles on the old Polaris and I was pleasantly surprised by the trail conditions. We started off just north of Eagle River and headed up 13, the trails close to town were in poor condition. The groomers have been out and the trails were flat for the most part, but could use some snow. The conditions improved once we got to the trail 13 loop and out towards Conover. Again, in Conover close to the city and the 45/12 intersection the trails were in fair to poor condition. However, once we hit 8 the trails were measurably better and went from fair to good conditions with long stretches where we were riding on smooth white snow. We turned around in Boulder Junction and headed back the same way until we got close to Eagle River and we took 3 back into town. The same story repeated itself, the closer we got into town the conditions fell off. There were stretches of 3 that were in good shape, especially were there was not heavy tree cover and the new snow fell on the trails. Overall it was a great day of riding and everyone in the group was surprised by how good the trails were and impressed with what the groomers did with what they had to work with. This morning I talked with some guests who had been out and they said the same thing about heading towards Phelps, once you got out of town and the heavily used trails the conditions improved.
If you are looking for a good ride though I would recommend going out on 8 towards Boulder Junction, round trip is going to be just less than 100 miles. If you are looking for a longer loop stay on trail 8 and head out to Manitowish Waters and stop by the Little Bohemia Lodge and take in some Dillinger history. As many of you may know the movie Public Enemies had a few scenes shot right at the Little Bohemia, not to mention it’s a great spot to stop and grab lunch. Round trip for this ride will be about 140 to 150 miles; I’m going to try to make that run next week. I’ll let you know how it goes.