Trail Report

Tuesday March 2, 2021 8:27AM

Fair overall conditions

Light lake-effect snow

2 general warnings

3 trail warnings

We are in those late season riding conditions changing by the hour with large daytime/night temperature swings. We received about an inch or so of visible new snow yesterday on top of a mess made from a few days of warm sunny weather. Trails set hard quickly as we tried to beat the temperature drop with a daytime groom yesterday. Operators were reporting unworkable results with no snow and trails setting rock hard and icy before grooming was completed. We even had the metal tracked Pisten Bully slide off the icy planks on the AuTrain River Bridge. Our skilled Operator Chuck was relieved it chose the steel section of bridge to slide. With that our Trail System is in Overall Fair Condition with some areas in now un-groomable poor condition. Trail 8 from Shinleton West to Trail 417, Trail 417 to Brownstone Intersection and Trail 7 from 2 miles South of Christmas South to Buckhorn Road are in Fair condition. Trail 8 from Shingleton North for about 5 miles, Trail 7 South of Doe Lake Road and Trail 419 from Wetmore to about 2 miles Northwest of Munising are in poor condition and un-groomable. In the towns and along highways you will be finding dirty snow and bare spots. We are going to watch the weather closely and try to continue grooming East for Seney on Trail 8 from the Bear Trap intersection to the Trail 43 intersection.  Day-by-Day changes this time of year so Keep snow dancing, get out and ENJOY what is left of the Trails, Ride Safe and Stay Tuned for updates!

Past 24 hour Grooming Operations: Trail 8 from Shingleton West to Trail 417, Trail 7 from Christmas South to Buckhorn Road, Trail 417 & Trail 418. (reference map below for trail locations)

Forecast: Sunny, 37º F, Winds S 10 to 15 mph, Gust to 25 mph
Currently: Cloudy, 16º F, Winds S 10 mph, Gusts to 18 mph

Photos: AuTrain River Bridge

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- A quick freeze after warm weather has created some icy conditions, especially in the corners. 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

Fair to Good

No new snow, choppy with a fair base. Groomed 3/1/2021

8 West - Chatham

Fair to Good

No new snow, choppy with a fair base. Groomed 3/1/2021

7 South - CR440


No new snow, fair to poor conditions from Trail 8 South to Doe Lake Road. Rough with minimal to no base south of Doe Lake Road, bare patches, standing water and dirty snow. Groomed 3/1/2021 to Buckhorn Road, grooming South of that is now on hold.

7 North - Christmas


No new snow, choppy with a fair base, some icy corners and dirty snow and a few bare patches and minimal base for two miles closer to Christmas. Groomed 3/1/2021

SLOW DOWN in Residential area of Christmas. PLEASE respect the residents and stay of the throttle, especially with loud pipes.

419 East - Wetmore


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

419 West - Munising


No new snow, choppy with a minimal base. Watch for some icy corners and ice near top of large hills and a few bare spots. Groomed 2/28/2021

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

418 - Au Train


No new snow, choppy with a fair to no base. Thinner trail with gravel mix along the Lake Superior Shoreline near AuTrain. Groomed 3/1/2021

417 - Brownstone Jnct.


No new snow, choppy with a fair base. Some rocky areas starting to get exposed. Groomed 3/1/2021

422 - Miners Castle


No new snow, choppy with a fair base, 2 mile stretch along H-58 has minimal snow cover along guard rail sections. Groomed 2/28/2021

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


No snow, choppy with a fair base. Groomed 2/27/2021