SANDPOINT & BONNERS FERRY AREA GROOMER REPORT

East Bonner County Area 9B & Boundary County Area 11

 

LAST UPDATED: February 18, 2019

 

COMMENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:


Register your over-snow vehicles for Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Areas 9B (East Bonner County) or 11 (Boundary County) to support this program.  Lake Pend Oreille Region snowmobile trail maps are available at are dealerships and Forest Service offices.

 

The Sandpoint & Bonners Ferry Area Groomer Report is available online under Groomer Reports at www.idahostatesnowmachineassociation.org   The Sandpoint Winter Riders, Inc. Snowmobile Club information is available online under Club Finder at www.idahostatesnowmachine.org.  Sandpoint Winter Riders is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SandpointWinterRiders.  The new Idaho State Snowmobile Association website is at www.idahosnow.org and it is a work in progress.

 

Be aware of the conditions.  Ride smart and with a friend!.  Be avalanche aware.  Check the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center forecasts and training information at http://www.idahopanhandleavalanche.org/  Check out avalanche courses by the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and the Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center.


ALL TRAILHEADS and lower elevations have low snow.  Exercise caution!

 

TRESTLE CREEK & LIGHTNING CREEK:

ATTENTION: The snowplow turnaround at Trestle Creek Road is located on PRIVATE PROPERTY. It is posted NO TRESPASSING. Anyone parking there is subject to being TOWED and/or CITED. Please respect the landowner’s private property and stay out. NO PARKING THERE!

Trestle Creek (13.2 Miles):              2/18/2019

Lunch Peak (3.9 Miles):                   2/14/2019

Moose Lk Trail Head (2.0 Miles)      2/17/2019

Lightning Creek (14.9 Miles):           2/18/2019 

Wellington Creek (approx. 7 Miles):  2/18/2019

  

PACK RIVER:

Caribou Closures in the Selkirk Mountains are still in effect while the USFS Winter Travel Planning Process for the Kaniksu National Forest (Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and Priest Lake Ranger Districts) is completed.  IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE CLOSURE BOUNDARIES - DON'T GO!  Get the maps at USFS offices or USFS website at www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/  

Pack River (16.2 Miles):               1/29/2019

Jeru Loop (11.7 Miles):                 1/29/2019

McCormick Ridge (2.9 Miles):            //2019

Pearson Basin/Dodge (8.9 Miles):1/29/2019

 

ROMAN NOSE:

Caribou Closures in the Selkirk Mountains are still in effect while the USFS Winter Travel Planning Process for the Kaniksu National Forest (Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and Priest Lake Ranger Districts) is completed.  IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE CLOSURE BOUNDARIES - DON'T GO!  Get the maps at USFS offices or USFS website at www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/  

Fall Creek (12.2. Miles):             2/8/2019

Ruby Creek (8.0 Miles):              2/8/2019

Snow Creek (16.5 Miles):            1/29/2019

Roman Nose Lakes (1.5 Miles):  2/8/2019

 

HIGH DRIVE (JOHNSON, TWIN, & DRY):

This area connects to Kootenai County grooming. 

Johnson Creek (8.7 Miles):           1/25/2019

Johnson Saddle (8.4 Miles):         1/25/2019

Twin Creek/Ruen (11.3 Miles):           //2019

Dry Creek (7.7 Miles):                  1/25/2019

Buckskin (4.9 Miles):                    1/25/2019

Mosquito Flat (9.7 Miles):             1/25/2019

 

CANUCK BASIN:

Deer Creek (10.9 Miles):                               2/8/2019

Canuck Pass/Dougals Loop (8.9 miles):       2/8/2019

Ruby Loop (portion of 25.7 Miles):                //2019

Copper Creek (portion of 25.7 Miles:            //2019

 

SMITH CREEK:

Caribou Closures in the Selkirk Mountains are still in effect while the USFS Winter Travel Planning Process for the Kaniksu National Forest (Sandpoint, Bonners Ferry, and Priest Lake Ranger Districts) is completed.  IF YOU DO NOT KNOW THE CLOSURE BOUNDARIES - DON'T GO!  Get the maps at USFS offices or USFS website at www.fs.fed.us/ipnf/  

Smith Creek (11 Miles):  Grooming unlikely until USFS Kaniksu Winter Travel Plan Update completed.  Open areas are very few and most everything is closed.  STAY OUT OF THE CLOSURES.

 

IPNF Kaniksu Winter Travel Planning is starting again.  Stay involved! 

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