Trail Report

Sunday December 23, 2018 6:37AM

Fair overall conditions

No snowfall

1 general warning

5 trail warnings

Small Trail Status Change!
But before that report here’s an important in town notice –
STAY ON TRAIL! Pass the word and help enforce the importance of staying on the trail in private property areas. Every year riders in Shingleton and Munising are leaving the trail and cutting across properties. These people are very welcoming to riders and are only asking for a little courtesy. Now that we have it back, Alger SORVA has Shingleton clearly marked with Arrows and NO Snowmobile signs but have already seen and had trespassing reported. (above photo) So we can keep these trails open, PLEASE be respectful, stay on the trail and off the throttle when in town.

We still do not have enough snow to get back out grooming anything. On the good side, closer inspection and reports from a few dedicated riders does have us bumping up trail status in a few areas. The core of our system from Trail 8/ M-94 in Shingleton to Trail 7 / Buckhorn and North, Trail 7 to just shy of Christmas is in Fair Condition. Beyond that overall riding conditions are still poor with numerous thin, rocky areas and waterholes. No grooming equipment operation scheduled at this time but we are ready as soon as significant snow falls.
About an inch of Snow forecast today, 30 degrees and 5 to 10 mph S winds shifting N. It does look promising later in the week.
If you must venture out please ride with caution and conservatively.
Keep Snow Dancing with your friends and stay tuned for updates!
(Today’s photos are showing Trail 8 Trespassing, Trail 8 at the Tanglewood and snow in the hills of Munising)


- A few Wet Areas are not frozen. Some of these are deep so ride with extreme caution.

Trail Conditions

8 East - Shingleton


No fresh snow, thin base. Poor with wet and rocky areas from M-94 crossing to a few miles North of Shingleton.

STAY ON TRAIL! Ride with caution in 1/2 mile wetland section just North of Shingleton. Many wet areas are not frozen solid heading North of Shingleton. Large waterhole right at the Trail 8/Trail41 intersection just south of Shingleton.

8 West - Chatham


No fresh snow, thin base. No recent grooming.

7 South - CR440


No fresh snow, thin base, wet areas near south end. Fair riding from Buckhorn North. No recent grooming.

7 North - Christmas


No fresh snow, thin base. Fair riding from Trail 7/8 intersection North. Poor from Ridge Road as you approach Christmas with some rocky areas. No recent grooming.

Logging Operations from Ridge Road as you near Christmas. Watch for large trucks and give right of way. Also Log Decking being done along Trail 7 just as you approach Christmas.

419 East - Wetmore


No fresh snow, thin base. No recent grooming.

419 West - Munising


Thin to no base, bare and rocky areas. 50% of trail has basically a dusting of snow between Munising and Wetmore. Trail now open toward Christmas with construction completed - but just a dusting of snow there too.

418 - Au Train


No fresh snow, thin to no base, bare and rocky areas, especially along the big lake in Au Train.

417 - Brownstone Jnct.


No fresh snow, thin to no base, bare, wet and very rocky areas.

Large Rocks, wet and bare areas - ride with caution.

422 - Miners Castle


fresh snow, thin base, bare and rocky areas. More snow as you head North but H-58 is a Poor, rough travel.

Rough, Wet areas along the middle section of this trail, just south of H-58.

Wetmore Spur


No fresh snow, thin to no base, bare and rocky areas.

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