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Klamath Falls, Oregon

The Klamath Basin Snowdrifters are the basin's only non-profit snowmobile/grooming club. During the snow season the clubs volunteer members keep 360 miles of designated trails smooth, clear, and safe for all riders. Safety and fun are top priorities of the club.  With a wide range of rider skill levels, anyone can always find a comfortable riding group. 

Our mission is to educate the snowmobiling community about changes in laws, trail conditions, and weather conditions. To keep up to date, download the latest copy of the “The Drifter”, a monthly newsletter.  All KBSD club members are also members of the  Oregon State Snowmobile Association (OSSA).  The OSSA is in contract with the State of Oregon to maintain and groom the snowmobile trails throughout the state, as well as fighting to keep our snowmobile trails and rights as snowmobilers from being taken away from us.

 


 

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Groomer Report

Jan 7-11 Grooming Report

Dan Riblett

Monday, Lake of the Woods to the 37 road via Cox Butte, return by Daley Creek

Wednesday, Lake of the Woods to the Sunset Trail to Buck Peak. Return via the Cabin Trail on the West side of Lake of the Woods.

Thursday, LOW to Pelican Butte

Friday, LOW to Pederson Crossing, then south toward Surveyor and return.

Grooming was about 160 miles this week! Have a smooth weekend!

Jan 2-4 Report

Dan Riblett

The Pisten Bully was down for a few days for repair but the Tucker groomed the Cold Springs trail to try to wipe out the ruts left by illegal access of the snowmobile trail by 4x4 vehicles. The Tucker also made it to the Fish Lake side, doing the Brown Mountain trail and making it to the top of Robinson Butte.

The weather has been cool enough that we have not lost a lot of the snow we have received, so the trail system is in good shape except when 4x4’s and other illegal use tears up the surface. With the expected snow this week, we hope to resume a full grooming schedule next week.

Hopefully, the snow will be deep enough that we can make it down toward Surveyor and do the Keno Access Road to Howard Prairie.

Dec 26-28 report

Dan Riblett

Both cats have been busy out on the snow.

Wednesday, Fourmile Trail and East Four Mile trails were groomed with the Tucker. The Lake of the Woods/Hyatt Lake trail toward Brown Mountain Shelter down to the Dead Indian Memorial Hwy and west on the to the 37 via Daily Prairie Trail was groomed by the Pisten Bully. Lots of 4x4 carnage on the 37 road.

Thursday, the PB made it to the top of Pelican. Nice view, was a cold day with lots of wind at the top.

Friday, the PB groomed the Sunset Trail, Varney Creek Trail, and the Buck Peak trail. The cat made it to the top of Buck Peak.

Hopefully, next week will allow a full grooming schedule and we can get all the west side trails done. The Hyatt Lake area will eventually get the Tucker once operators are trained and logistics are finalized for cat and fuel placement.

Think SNOW!

Grooming Started!

Dan Riblett

The Club has received a second cat to eventually make it’s way over to the Hyatt Lake area to assist in grooming the trails there. We have several new groomer operators that will be doing training around the Lake of the Woods area in the Tucker. When those operators are checked out, the Cat will be sent south. The Pisten Bully should be making it out 3-4 times the week of Christmas to get the trails in better shape.

We have had very limited opportunity to groom due to low snow conditions, but made it to Fourmile Lake and to the end of Cold Springs on Friday. Going was slow on Cold Springs, as there were about 50 trees that had come down in the last wind storm. The trail to Pelican Butte is not opened, as there is a large tree that has fallen and is hung up in other trees. Hopefully, we will be able to clear that this week. I was told you can make it through on snowmobile, but the snow up top is going to be drifted.

We are still having issues with 4x4 vehicles on the snowmobile trails. Law Enforcement and the Forest Service have been advised, but until we get enough snow to build huge berms at the start of the trails, expect to have ruts in the trail system.

Think SNOW!!