Trail Report

Friday January 1, 2021 10:47AM

Fair overall conditions

No snowfall

1 general warning

2 trail warnings

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
NO NEW SNOW

No new snowfall over the last few days. Night before last we had a 3 to to 4 light inches fall so yesterday we sent both machines out for their first real run of the season. Conditions alternated between Poor to Fair as we crossed bands created by the lake-effect snow. The best we had measured was 4 inches of groomed trail base on a hard frozen ground. About 50 percent of what we panned did have rocks exposed, especially to the south of Buckhorn Road and west of Trail 7 north. Trail 417 and Trail 418 near AuTrain and west are un-groomable and very rocky. We do not want to overwork the very thin base and create “dirty snow” as trails will not hold up on sunny days for the rest of the season. With that said, grooming operations will be on hold until we see a substantial snowfall. The next 5 days do not look promising with sunny days in the 30’s. Weather forecast changes day by day so all we can do is hope for the best and continue the snow dances. For now we will continue to polish up the groomers and maybe update some of the electronic amenities in our 7130. Stay Tuned!

Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: Trail 8 from Shingleton West to Trail 417 intersection, Trail 7 North and South to CR440, Trail 418 West to AuTrain

Forecast: Sunny, High 30ºF, Winds S 5 mph to 10 mph
Currently: Sunny, 21º F, Winds S 9 mph with gusts to 18 mph

(photo – cover: Double grooming Trail 8 in a heavier snow band area)
(photos – gallery: grooming operations 12/31/2020)

IMPORTANT National Forest Closure Notice!

- STAY ON GROOMED TRAILS in the Stevens Lake F-16 crash site area. These are Trails 7 to the North and East, Trail 2 to the South and Trail 411 to the West. Notice from the National Forest important for those who venture off-trail: "Just a heads up to remind riders to stay on trails especially around or near the crash site they can be fined or imprisoned if caught inside perimeter thanks" (Map in images below shows area)

Trail Conditions

8 East - Shingleton

Fair

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 2 to 4 inches of base. Panned 12/31/2020

8 West - Chatham

Fair

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 2 to 4 inches of base. Panned 12/31/2020

7 South - CR440

Fair

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 1 to 4 inches of base thinning as you head south. Panned 12/31/2020

7 North - Christmas

Fair

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 1 to 4 inches of base. Thin and rocky as you approach Christmas. Panned 12/31/2020

419 East - Wetmore

Poor

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 1 to 2 inches of base.

Open Creek crossing between Munising and Wetmore. Not enough snow for culvert yet.

419 West - Munising

Poor

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 1 to 2 inches of base.

418 - Au Train

Poor

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 1 to 2 inches of base. Panned from AuTrain East 12/31/2020

417 - Brownstone Jnct.

Poor

No new snow, 3 to 5 inches of snow cover very rocky and no base.

422 - Miners Castle

Fair

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 1 to 2 inches of base. Panned 12/29/2020

WATCH FOR CARS/TRUCKS With low snow conditions vehicles are still traveling out the the Miners Castle overlook. Stay alert for vehicles once you enter the groomed section of Miner Castle Road.

Wetmore Spur

Poor

No new snow, some thin rocky patches and 1 to 2 inches of base.

8 North - Shingleton

Fair

Snow deepens to fair conditions from 2 to 7 miles North of Shingleton. Panned 12/29/20

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