Klamath Basin Snowdrifters Grooming Report

District 5

Grooming Report for Thursday, April 13, 2023

Steve and Ken were out for a jaunt today, they did 72 miles. LONG day, LOTS of snow. Ken said there was at least a foot at the west end of the Keno Access road. Thanks, guys! 

Grooming Report for Tuesday, March 23, 2023

Jim and Mike made it through the Great Meadow and around Lake of the Woods today. Snow is getting pretty soft, which makes it bottomless in some spots! 

Grooming Report for Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Ken and Steve headed out today and did from the Cat Shed at LOW to the 37 Road via Daley Prairie. They headed south on the 37 Road to Deadwood.They then went across the Iron Springs trail (Road 3710) and took care of that for the first time this year. On the way back, they got Cox Butte, so were able to get all the trails south of Brown Mountain that we can groom done today. Nice job, thanks guys! Another 55 mile day in the cat!
With extra help from OSSA, we have full fuel tanks and will keep grooming until we run out of snow or out of fuel, which ever comes first! Thank Steve for the map!

Grooming Report for Tuesday, March 11, 2023

Chris and Dan headed toward Pelican. The Return Loop, Big Meadow, and Cold Springs done, but could not make the top. They made it past the second overlook, but wind-blowing snow made visibility bad enough that we couldn't see where the road went. The wind was blowing big time, it's likely that you won 't be able to see where the cat went tomorrow, anyway! 

Grooming Report for Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Dan and Ken had the cat out, they did across the Great Meadow into Lake of the Woods Resort, then hit the Sunset Trail, did Varney Creek, Buck Peak Tie, Buck Peak, the Summer Home Tie (off of Sunset to Dead Indian), The Cabin Trail (West Side Road, LOW) and then to Fourmile Lake and back to the barn via East Fourmile Lake. 61 miles, LONG day. There's snow out there. Over 7 FEET at Fourmile. 

Grooming Report for Saturday, February 4, 2023

Ken and Dan headed up the hill today, we made it to the top of Pelican. The tower ice is all gone. It was a really windy day at the top, and not a lot of new snow. But if the winds pick up, expect a bunch of drifts, just like always. We also groomed the trail into the Big Meadow, the snow was hard enough on the creek to go into the meadow that way. We did go to the end of Cold Springs but did not go down toward Rock Creek, as there had not been much traffic on that trail. We returned to the barn via the Return Loop, and called it a day! 

Grooming Report for Friday, January 20, 2023

I got to take Deputy Steve out in the cat today, we tackled Pelican. It was a bit slower trip than what he is used to on the snowmobile! It was a GREAT day, blue skys, nice temps, no wind, and until we headed down the Old Pelican Road toward Rocky Point, not a tree seen crossing the road. That escalated quickly... we took out 6 on that section of trail including a couple of monsters. We did to the end of Cold Springs and then up Pelican to the top, and then down the Old Pelican trail to within 1.5 miles of Westside road before running out of snow, then the Return Loop back to the barn. Great day to be on the snow!
And of course, obligatory pics of MORE TREES. If a tree falls in the woods, WHY DOES IT HAVE TO CROSS THE SNOWMOBILE TRAIL?? Dan R.

Grooming Report for Thursday, January 19, 2023

Jim and Bill R made it to the top of Buck Peak, they also had a Tree Day, cutting out 25 or so. I think maybe we need to go to the scouts and see if we can get our Logger merit badge 😉
They did Sunset, Buck Peak, and the Cabin trail, long day with lots of work, but it should be clear for the weekend! If the wind doesn't blow again!!

Grooming Report for Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Steve and Dan took the cat south to do the Pedersen trail to Keno Access, then west and past Howard Prairie Dam, then back east and north via Griffin Pass to the barn. Pedersen trail was DEEP. Howard Prairie... not so much but was almost full coverage on the road. We took out 13 trees, most were of the LARGE size. What a year.

Grooming Report for Friday, January 13, 2023

Ken and Steve had the cat out heading toward Fish Lake. They reported the snow was too low for the cat to safely make it into the resort, and there were spots of pavement already showing, due to the snowpack being beaten down by 4-wheel drive vehicles. They did make it across the Brown Mountain Trail and came back via the Daley Prairie trail. There's lots of snow up high, but it gets skimpy in the lower elevations. 

Grooming Report for Monday, January 9, 2023

Well, folks... we are having an ignition switch issue in the cat, we will be down a couple of days until the parts get here to repair it. Probably no grooming until it's repaired. It's kind of unnerving when the cat just dies on you when it's 15 miles from the cat shed!
We'll be back at it as soon as we are fixed!

Grooming Report for Monday, January 2, 2023

Another day on the snow... not many miles, but LOTS of work. Jim and Ken took the cat to Fourmile via the East Fourmile trail, then down to 140 and back to the barn. Dan and Chris were snowmobiling ahead of them with saws to cut the 19 trees that had fallen across the trail. Short miles, LONG day. 

Grooming Report for Friday, December 23, 2022

No grooming until next week... raining today at the cat shed, icy roads tomorrow. Drive carefully! 
We hope to get the cat out if we can get a bit more snow down low... with the rocks showing in the trails, they take their toll on the cat track.

Grooming Report for Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Mike and Steve took the cat out today, they did Sunset, Buck Peak, Summer Home Tie, Cabin, and back to the barn. It was raining when they got back, which may put a damper on the rest of the week. We will look at it day by day... 

Steve Harper sent some pics of the trip out in the cat. It's always lovely when you are driving and come across stuff like this. Thanks, Mike and Steve for making the trails passable again! 

Grooming Report for Saturday, December 17, 2022

Bill and Chris made it to the top of Pelican today, the trail could use more snow and is a little bumpy but is very passable. Thanks guys! Spectacular views from up there on a sunny day! 

Grooming Report for Friday, December 16, 2022

Bill and Chris made it to the top of Pelican today, the trail could use more snow and is a little bumpy but is very passable. Thanks guys! Spectacular views from up there on a sunny day! 

Grooming Report for Thursday, December 15, 2022

Ken and Jim were out with the cat today heading toward Keno Access and had a serpentine belt fail on the cat. After a zillion phone calls, Chris and Dan on snowmobiles met up with the cat to deliver a new belt and tools to do a field repair. But we will be out of service until a radiator cap is ordered (metric, of course!), so probably no grooming Thurs or Fri. 

Grooming Report for Monday, December 12, 2022

Courtesy of Dan Riblett

Nice day in the cat!
Mike and Dan groomed from the cat shed toward the Brown Mountain Shelter, on the Brown Mountain trail to the 37 road, south on 37 to Daley Creek/Daley Prairie and back to the barn. 
Road 37 is packed almost to the pavement by 4x4 vehicles, I'm not sure when we are allowed to block access. There was over 2 feet of snow on some sections of the trail, lots of folks have been getting stuck when they get off the 37 Road.

Grooming Report for Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Courtesy of Dan Riblett

Ken Crutchfield and I went out today to see if we could remember how to run the cat... we did the trail around the Great Meadow into LOW and to the turn around on Varney Creek, and the East Fourmile trail to Fourmile. The gate on Fourmile is closed, sleds may be able to make it past the gate, but until we can get it unlocked, we won't be grooming to the lake. We did the trail into Rye Spur and down to 140 on Fourmile, and back to the barn via the Pierce trail. Snow is pretty good down low, the higher you get the better it is. We will try to get a few more days in this week, and if the next storm gives us anything, we should be able to get out 4-5 times a week. 

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