Trail Report

Wednesday February 24, 2021 8:46AM

Good overall conditions

Light lake-effect snow

2 general warnings

5 trail warnings

A WARM WEATHER HIT BUT HANGING ON!
We received about an inch of new snow last night and it’s still falling. Operators reported fair grooming results with our Trail System in Overall Good condition, staying fairly flat through the day with some icy corners developing. The trails are soft and not setting after grooming due to the warm weather. Ride with caution. In the towns and along highways you will be finding dirty snow and bare spots. Trail 8 from Shingleton to Trail 7 South is the highest used section of trail with snow sugary along that stretch. Even with this warm spell, the trails are hanging on for some really good riding – but barely. Yesterday work was done on the JD 7130 repairing a fuel tank bracket and groove cutting was started on the front tracks. This will hopefully solve our icy hill climb issues we get on both sides of Munising after these low snow warm spells. 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. Keep snow dancing, 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 Doe Lake Road, 417 & 418 (reference map below for trail locations)

24 hour Forecast: Lake Effect Snow, 31º F, Winds NE changing to NW 10 to 15 mph, Gusts to 30 mph, 1 to 2 inches accumulation
Currently: Light Lake-Effect Snow, 30º F, Winds Variable  5 mph

Photos: Trail 8 and Track Cutting

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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

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a fair base. Groomed 2/23/2021

8 West - Chatham

Good

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a fair base. Groomed 2/23/2021

7 South - CR440

Good

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a fair to good base. There is a thin section just south of Buckhorn road. Groomed 2/23/2021

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

An inch or so of new snow, fairly flat with a good to fair base, some icy corners closer to Christmas. Groomed 2/23/2021

419 East - Wetmore

Good

An inch or so of 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

An inch or so of 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

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a fair to good base. Thinner along the Lake Superior Shoreline near AuTrain. Groomed 2/23/2021

417 - Brownstone Jnct.

Good

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a fair to good base. Groomed 2/23/2021

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

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a fair to good base, 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

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a good base. Groomed 2/22/2021

8 North - Shingleton

Excellent

An inch or so of new snow, flat with a fair to minimal base. Some corners are starting to get icy. Groomed 2/23/2021

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