Trail Reports

Fall Brushing and Trail Maintenance Schedule

Dear Cross Country Cruiser Members:

Trail Maintenance is a big part of our club. Please consider volunteering for the Trail Brushing Season.

Work days are always Tuesday and Wednesdays

Start Time: 8:30 AM

Location: Cross Country Cruiser Club House, 1503 Helminski Rd, Arbor Vitae, WI

September 15th, 16th , 22nd,  and 23rd we will be working on trails Trails 5, 6, 51, 10, 3 and 11.

September 29th and 30th we will complete what is still needed on trails north of our Club House.

October 6th and 7th if we are finished with September list of trails we will put posts up for in town fencing.

October 13th and 14th we can start brushing on the Bearskin Trail.

October 20th and 21st, we will finish up on Bearskin Trail if still needed.

October 27the and 28th will be discussed if there are issues that need to be addressed on trails and signing.

We need volunteers for all of these days, especially the Bearskin Trail since it is a very long stretch of trail.

After that we will inspect the trails until the gun deer season begins and again after it ends. Hopefully we can be inspected by Dale Mayo as soon as possible.

Mowing is on a trail by trail basis. Panning and rolling of trails will get underway when there’s at least 6 inches of snow on the ground.

This schedule is subject to change based on weather and the number of Volunteers. If you cannot volunteer during the week there will also be opportunity on some Saturday’s. I will announce that when the time comes.

We always have fun and enjoy the fall colors. So please come enjoy the comradery and outdoors with us by volunteering.

***Here is an update of what has already been done on the trails: September 8th and 9th we completed Trail 51 which is south of the Cruiser club house as well as completing Trail 47. We will be running the new brush cutter through when it is ready.

Please let me know if you would like to volunteer for any of the upcoming dates. You can contact me, Don Schneider on my cell at 262-930-6914 or email moc.liamgnull@15redienhcsnod with your name, phone and date you are available to lend a hand or just show up on one of the dates. We don’t turn down volunteers.


Don Schneider

Trail Manager

Vilas County Snowmobile Trails Closed

Vilas County’s recreation director Dale Mayo has issued a statement notifying the public Vilas County snowmobile trails will close for the season.

“The state funded snowmobile trail system in Vilas County will officially close effective noon Friday, March 13, 2020, for the season,” he said.

Oneida County Trails Closed

All of Oneida County snowmobile trails will close at noon on Tuesday March 10, 2020. This includes the Bearskin Trail & the town of Minocqua trails.

I would like to thank all our groomer operators for their outstanding work to keep our trails going and in great shape. Also to all of the volunteers who helped over and over with the clearing and brushing of our trails, a HUGE thank you!

Vilas County trail system is still open. Vilas County Alliance will meet on March 19 and will make a decision on when to close those trails. I will keep you posted. Until then, please ride with caution as the trails are not being groomed on a regular basis.

Don’t Put Your Sleds Away Yet

Hey folks Good Thursday morning. Put your sleds away yet?

I got some news for ya! This is groomer Don.

I live just north of Kwik Trip on hyw 70 and been riding everyday.

Most of our trails near town are in very poor condition of course. As with surrounding town’s.

But the good news is all trails I ride North of HYW 70 are great. Sure there might be a bare spot here and there but easy to ride around them.

The only part of trail to avoid entirely is trail 17 in between tin 313 and 349.

Logging there and it’s down to nothing.

Trails 3,5,10,17,and 51 are good to really good.

It snowing hard as I post this and the Pines tree’s are snow covered and beautiful supposed to get about 2 or 3 inches will make for some good riding and cooling for sleds.

(I had to stop a few times to cool mine).

The next few days might be the last with temperatures in the 50s on Sunday. Well that all for now time to suit up rip some trails! And as always RIDE RIGHT @ SAFE.

Lack of Snow & Warmer Temperatures

The weather that we had this last week and the lack of new snow, our trail system has suffered. Trails are in fair condition with some bare spots and ice in corners and on parts of trails. Hard packed sections offer very little with cooling and lubrication. The bridges on the Bearskin have icy patches on them.

Please use good judgement when out riding our trails, slow down and enjoy them as long as you can!


Colder Temperatures

The Cruisers trails are in excellent condition. A few icy patches on Trail 11, ride with caution.