Trail Report

Tuesday February 23, 2021 8:05AM

Good overall conditions

No snowfall

2 general warnings

5 trail warnings

TRAILS TAKING A WARM WEATHER HIT!
We received a dusting of new snow last night but did not help with temperatures in the low 30’s and 40 degrees right now. Operators reported fair grooming results with no balling-up snow last night but the trails would not set being this warm. Overall Good trails are staying fairly flat through the day with some icy corners developing and a few thin area bare spots. Ride with caution. Trail 8 from Shingleton to Trail 7 South is the highest used section of trail with snow sugary along that stretch. It has been a struggle this year and today’s weather will again have a negative impact on the trails so lets hope it is minimal. Keep the snow dances going as we have “heavy snow” in the forecast for Wednesday. It’s funny with the little amount of snow this season forecasters are considering only 2 to 5 inches “heavy snow”. Yesterday we moved the JD 7130 to  the shop for some maintenance, repairs and track mods during this warm weather and plan to have it back on Trail 419 Thursday. Please respect residential property owners and STAY ON THE TRAIL, No Snowmobile Signs mean just that. Please DO NOT run the Powerlines off of Trail 419. Our Team of volunteer Groomer Operators will continue to do their best to keep trails flat so; get out and ENJOY the Trails Ride Safe and Stay Tuned for updates!

Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: Trail 8 from 7 miles North of Shingleton West to Trail 417, Trail 7 from Christmas South to CR440, 417, 418, 419E & 422 (reference map below for trail locations)

24 hour Forecast: Partly Sunny, 38º F, Winds NW 5 to 15 mph, Gusts to 20 mph
Currently: Clear, 40º F, Winds Variable  5 mph

Photos: Trail 8, 422 and Wetmore Spur (Cover: Trail 8)

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SOFT SNOW and some ICY CORNERS!

- Very little new snow is starting to create soft snow conditions and icy corners in areas. SLOW DOWN, Stay Right and Stay Alert!

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. Order in effect through September 30, 2021. 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" (Order and Map in images below shows area)

Trail Conditions

8 East - Shingleton

Good

No new snow, flat with a fair base. Groomed 2/22/2021

8 West - Chatham

Good

No new snow, flat with a fair base. Groomed 2/22/2021

7 South - CR440

Good

No new snow, flat with a fair to good base. There is a thin section just south of Buckhorn road. Groomed 2/22/2021

Just south of Doe Lake Road there is a large depression from underlying trail conditions. Keep the speed down and ride with caution in that area.

7 North - Christmas

Good

No new snow, fairly flat with a good to fair base, some icy corners closer to Christmas. Groomed 2/22/2021

419 East - Wetmore

Good

No new snow, fairly flat with a fair base. Watch for some icy corners and ice near top of large hills. Dirty snow along M-28 with a few bare spots. Groomed 2/22/2021

STAY ON TRAIL! DO NOT run powerlines. We have been fielding phone calls about trespassing. This is private property and we do not want to lose our trail.

419 West - Munising

Good

No new snow, fairly flat with a fair base. Watch for some icy corners and ice near top of large hills. Dirty snow along M-28 and a few bare spots. Groomed 2/21/2021

Watch for ice patches and small water holes developing from springs in trail closer to Munising.

418 - Au Train

Good

No new snow, flat with a fair to good base. Thinner along the Lake Superior Shoreline near AuTrain. Groomed 2/22/2021

417 - Brownstone Jnct.

Good

No new snow, flat with a fair to good base. Groomed 2/22/2021

Watch for a few large holes developing in a narrow section of trail about 1.5 miles North of Trail 8.

422 - Miners Castle

Good

No new snow, flat with a fair to good base, a bit choppy north of H58, 2 mile stretch along H-58 has minimal snow cover along guard rail sections. Groomed 2/22/2021

WATCH FOR CARS/TRUCKS Though we have more snow vehicles still try traveling out the the Miners Castle overlook. Stay alert for stuck vehicles or possible trail damage once you enter the groomed section of Miner Castle Road.

Wetmore Spur

Good

No new snow, flat with a good base. Groomed 2/22/2021

8 North - Shingleton

Good

No new snow, flat with a fair to no base. Some corners are starting to get icy with some bare spots. Groomed 2/22/2021

Trail Reports

February 2021