Trail Report

Tuesday January 1, 2019 11:42AM

Fair to Good overall conditions

Light snowfall

1 general warning

4 trail warnings

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Operators Keith and Quest were out grooming through the New Year as a little snow fell to help out with nice ribbon results. Grooming was completed on Trail 8 from Shingleton West to just shy of Trail 417, Trail 7 North to Christmas and Trail 422 North to Miners Castle Road. With a hard trail base and still little snow, the trails are staying rather flat with slight chop seen building from sled traffic.
Overall the core of our trails are still in a Fair to Good Condition. We have gravel conditions to the Northwest and rough wet conditions to the Northeast. Trail 418 from Au Train West, Trail 419 from Wetmore to Christmas and Trail 8 North of Shingleton are these problem areas.
We need a substantial snowfall to get these areas cleaned up. Right now large underlying rocks, north of Shingleton on the Trail 8 especially, are very hard on our cutter blades and equipment when trying to flatten the trail. Grooming operations will continue to be limited across our area as we watch the weather conditions closely.

Today’s Forecast: Snow, 19 degrees and 10 to 20 mph NW winds. Another 1 inch of snow possible.

If you must venture out please ride with caution and conservatively and PLEASE be respectful, stay on the trail and off the throttle when in the towns. Do your best to be easy on the trail base.
Keep Snow Dancing with your friends and stay tuned for updates!

(Today’s photo’s are Trail’s 7/8 and 8 West before and after grooming)

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- Wet areas opened up around and North of Shingleton. Some of these are deep so ride with caution.

Trail Conditions

8 East - Shingleton

Fair to Good

1 to 2 inches of fresh snow with some icy corners. Groomed well Monday night heading East to Shingleton. From Shingleton North, poor trail conditions, rough with little snow to work with. There is an open water hole about 5 miles North of Shingleton and a deep depression about 6 miles North - ride with caution.

STAY ON TRAIL! Ride with caution in 1/2 mile wetland section just North of Shingleton. A few wet areas opened up and not frozen solid heading further North. Large hole at Trail 8 / Trail 41 Intersection (M-94 crossing in Shingleton)

8 West - Chatham

Fair to Good

1 inch of fresh snow, some icy corners. Groomed Monday night. Expect light chop to build as traffic increases through the day.

7 South - CR440


1 inch of fresh snow. Some icy corners and thin base as you head south. Groomed daytime Monday.

7 North - Christmas

Fair to Good

No fresh snow and icy corners. Thin icy travel for last two miles as you approach Christmas. Groomed Monday night.

419 East - Wetmore

Fair to Good

1 inch of fresh snow, thin base and icy corners. Groomed Monday night.

419 West - Munising


1 inch of fresh snow, thin base and icy corners. Thin snow with gravel for two miles heading toward Christmas out of Munising. Un-groomable snow conditions.

418 - Au Train


1 inch of fresh snow. Flat with good conditions East diminishing to bare gravel as you approach Au Train heading West to the Brownstone Junction (Poor).

417 - Brownstone Jnct.


Un-groomable snow conditions. 1 inch of fresh snow, no base, rough with large rock areas.

Large Rocks and very rough - ride with caution.

422 - Miners Castle

Fair to Good

1 inch of fresh snow, thin base and icy corners. Rough in center section with wet areas. Groomed to H-58 Monday night.

Logging Operations on North end as you make the turn onto Miners Castle road heading North. Watch for large trucks and give right of way.

Wetmore Spur

Fair to Good

1 inches of fresh snow, thin base. Groomed Monday night.

Use Caution in areas of steep side hill conditions near East end.