MAKING TRAILS GREAT AGAIN!
Changing weather conditions and traffic patterns greatly affect the longevity of a freshly groomed trail. S.O.R.V.A. of Alger County has many dedicated Groomer Operators who do their best to manage the condition of your snowmobile trails. At the end of each run, reports are given and we try our best to keep this report honest and up-to-date.
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TRAIL REPORT: 8:00 a.m., Monday, 3/27/17
Trails Still Good for these last few days!
Surprisingly Trail 8 and most of Trail 422 are still good riding.
GROOMING OPERATIONS: Currently On Hold.
TRAIL CONDITIONS: Good March riding on Trail 8, Most of Trail 422 to Miners Castle and the South part of Trail 7 North. They are flat with a good amount of base. Basically access from Wetmore requires a few hundred yards of bare areas. Access from the Buckhorn area and Shingleton are fair. At this point trailering is required to access the trails.
Trail 8 -
Fair the full
length, flat, good base
with some icy corners and a few short gravel mixed areas
starting to appear.
Trail 7 South - Fair to Poor as you head South. A few open area bare spots between Trail 8 and Buckhorn Road.
Trail 7 North - Fair to Poor the last two miles on the North end. Thin areas and rocky as you approach Christmas.
Trail 419W (Munising-Christmas) - Poor. One large hill closer to Munising has a fair amount of exposed rocks. Fair Trail after that.
Trail 422 (Miners Castle) - Fair, plenty of snow. Use caution as AWD cars are starting to try and get to Miners Castle. There may be some tire rutts showing up. Stretch along H-58 is bare along the few guardrails being passed. Also the 3/4 mile stretch shared with logging is bare.
Trail 419E (to Trail 8) - Poor to Fair. Thin and bare areas as you leave Wetmore but fair once you enter the woods. Fair due to hard icy areas but flat the full length.
Trail 419 (Wetmore-Munising) - Poor. mainly bare. CLOSED from Wetmore toward Munising and the Road Commission Building. Use Prospect Street.
Currently 34 degrees, 12 mph NW Winds, Rain
Past 24 Hour Snowfall: 0" South, 0" North (approximate).
1/2" of rain in
the last 24 hours.
CAUTIONS, WARNINGS and UPDATES:
CAUTION! Trail 422 has a 3/4 mile section that will be shared with logging trucks that is bare. This is located between M-28 and H-58. Please ride with caution and give right of way.
CAUTION FOR TRAIL
Standing and flowing water creating soft spots in wet areas of the hills closer to Munising. RIDE WITH CAUTION.
CAUTION FOR TRAIL419 (Munising Wetmore Connector) - Trail 419 connector is CLOSED along M-28 in Wetmore at a Property owners request. Very little snow and very dirty. Please avoid the corner of H-13 and M-28 and use Prospect Street.
IN TOWN TRAIL ETIQUETTE
Private Property owners allow us to use their land for trail connectors.
PLEASE respect the allowed use by staying on the trail, ride safely and stop at all driveways. PLEASE give vehicles the right of way, especially when they are trying to turn off of the major roadways. Remember Cars have the right of way and you are responsible for any related vehicular accidents. These connectors need annual approval so PLEASE ride with respect and courtesy so we can keep them open year after year!
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SNOWMOBILE TRAIL ETIQUETTE
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU APPROACH A GROOMER:
All of our operator's are instructed to stop the the groomer when snowmobile traffic approaches to allow them to pass but this does not always work in some sections of our trail system.
In situations where the drag wings are down they will be raised for snowmobiles to pass. This takes time so slow down and allow the wing time to raise.
Some parts of our Trail System (419W for example) are only as wide as the groomer. We can stop but have limited areas to allow room for snowmobiles to pass. Here we suggest snowmobiles pull off the side of the trail if possible and stop or turn around and find an open area for the groomer to pass.
The heavy equipment used for trail grooming is limited on it maneuverability when grooming the trails and operates very slowly. Always be alert for Groomers, be patient, slow down and give the operators time to set up for passing traffic.
We now have a phone number that you can call and leave a voice mail or send sms text messages to for reporting trail conditions. There is also an email address. We appreciate all feedback. Please be specific on the locations and condition.
Report Trail Conditions:
(989) 341-4401 email:
club grooms the trails in Light Blue on the map below: