Trail Report

Thursday March 11, 2021 7:03AM

Poor overall conditions

Rain

2 general warnings

1 trail warning

GROOMING SHUT DOWN!
Warm weather and heavy rain have destroyed our trail system with bare sections, standing and flowing water and very icy conditions now. Grooming operations have stopped with 75% of what little snow we had disappearing over the last 48 hours. Some of the trail base is holding across most of Trail 8 from Shingleton West, Trail 7 North, parts of Trail 417 and 418 but all with sections of standing water, ice and bare sections. As temperatures drop back down they are expected to become completely ice. Trail 418 has high flowing water just east of AuTrain. Conditions will be very hard on the sleds if you choose to go out there. There are a few weeks left of the season so if choosing to do so ride safe!

Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: ON HOLD

Forecast: Rain, 48º F and dropping, Winds S becoming W 25 to 30 mph, Gusts to 45 mph
Currently: Rain, 48º F, Winds S 15 mph, Gusts to 32 mph

Photos: Trail 418

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VERY ICY CONDITIONS WITH FLOWING WATER!

- Heavy rain and high temperature have created very icy conditions with standing and flowing water and some trail washouts. Ride with caution.

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

Poor

No new snow, fairly flat with icy stretches, standing water, minimal base and some bare patches. Groomed 3/8/2021. Grooming Operations on Hold

8 West - Chatham

Poor

No new snow, fairly flat with icy stretches, standing water, minimal base and some bare patches. Groomed 3/8/2021 from Trail 7 North heading East, Grooming Operations on Hold

7 South - CR440

Poor

No new snow, minimal to no base, bare stretches with standing water and dirty snow. Groomed 3/6/2021 to Buckhorn Road, Grooming Operations on Hold

7 North - Christmas

Poor

No new snow, flat with a minimal icy base and some standing water, Poor for two miles closer to Christmas with bare trail, icy corners and no base. Groomed 3/8/2021. Grooming Operations on Hold

419 East - Wetmore

Poor

No new snow, fairly flat and choppy in areas with a minimal icy base and bare ground around Wetmore and Munising. Very icy corners and near top of large hills. Dirty snow along M-28 with a bare sections and standing water. From Wetmore to Trail 8 is fairly flat and icy with standing water. Groomed 3/7/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

419 West - Munising

Poor

No new snow, fairly flat and icy, thin to no base with standing water, washouts with flowing water and bare stretches, especially closer to Munising. Very icy corners and near top of large hills. Groomed 3/7/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

418 - Au Train

Poor

No new snow, choppy and icy, thin to no base with standing water, washouts with heavy flowing water East of AuTrain and bare stretches, especially along Lake Superior near AuTrain. Flowing water near the West end approaching Brownstone intersection. Groomed 3/6/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

417 - Brownstone Jnct.

Poor

No new snow, fairly flat and icy, thin to no base with standing water, flowing water and bare patches, Some rocky areas exposed on the steep hills. Groomed 3/6/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

422 - Miners Castle

Poor

No new snow, fairly flat and icy, thin to no base with standing water and bare patches, 2 mile stretch along H-58 has no snow cover along guard rail sections. Groomed 3/6/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

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

Poor

No new snow, fairly flat and icy thin to no base. Groomed 3/5/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

8 North - Shingleton

Poor

No new snow. mostly bare ground and standing water. Groomed 3/5/2021, Grooming Operations on hold.

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