As Snow Capital of Wisconsin, you can bet that around Hurley, we have more than enough for riders all throughout winter, even when other areas don't! Iron County offers you more than 500 miles of well groomed snowmobile trails. With an average snowfall of more than 200 inches, this is the place you can snowmobile first. And it's the place you can still ride the trails well after most people have lost their snow ... often right into the first week in April.
Hurley is consistently rated as Number One for nightlife by SnoGoer Magazine. From your snowmobile headquarters in Hurley, you can also hook up with other trail systems in neighboring counties, including those in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
When it comes to the trails, the community is proud to say that they are kept in outstanding shape. With the dedication of the White Thunder Riders in the north and the Iron County Forestry Department, the trails are routinely groomed and kept in the best condition possible. They pride themselves at making sure our visitors have the best possible sledding experience they can.To get a copy of the latest Iron County Snowmobile map, Click Here. You can check the snow conditions by Clicking Here or by calling 1-866-345-3866 24-hours a day from December 10 to March 31.
Every year during the off-season, theWhite Thunder Riders, the Mercer Snow Goers and the Iron County Forestry Department work hard to make the trails safer and more enjoyable.
Montreal Bridge - This bridge has greatly improve trail safety for those riding west of Hurley. The Cities of Hurley, Montreal, Iron County and the Iron County Resource Development Association partnered on this bridge to keep a large amount of traffic north of highway 77. Iron County Forestry Department spearheaded the construction. By running the trail north of highway 77, two highway crossings were eliminated and traffic through the Hurley Industrial Park is eliminated. The bridge was paid for by the snowmobile new bridge rehab program, which is funded through registration money. The total cost was about $60,000.
Education and Training Course- the White Thunder Riders have set up a half-mile course at their shop for the public to gain experience. This training course allows those who are just learning to ride and have a trail with one-way traffic. This course also allows new riders to learn how to operate without being on a busier trails system.
Signing-The snowmobile clubs invest a large amount of funding in improved signage each year.
Brushing- Brushing is an ongoing aspect of trail maintenance. Each summer about 100 miles of the trail system are brushed with rotary mowers. Tree removal is also a maintenance issue, as occasionally summer storms block trails.
New Equipment- Iron County maintains the trails system with a total of nine groomers, thanks to the ongoing investments of the White Thunder Riders and Mercer SnowGoers in new grooming equipment. Every year, new drags and tractors grace the trail system. Offer a friendly wave when you meet a groomer on the trail - these volunteers keep our system going.