Trail Report

Tuesday March 9, 2021 7:11AM

Fair overall conditions

No snowfall

2 general warnings

2 trail warnings

FAIR TRAIL CLIFF HANGER!
Trails really took hit with a warm Monday. With a few days forecast in the 40’s, the Pisten Bully groomed its way back to our headquarters in Shingleton. The Groomer Operator reported a flat trail with wet snow and fair results. Most of our Trail System is in Overall Fair condition as of last night but getting icy in sections and the outlying areas in poor condition are expanding. Trail 8 from Shingleton West to Trail 417 is really flat with little chop in areas. Trail 417 to Brownstone Intersection and Trail 7 from 2 miles South of Christmas South to Buckhorn Road and Trail 418 are in Fair condition and a bit choppy. Trail 7 South and Trail 419 from Wetmore to Munising are in poor condition. In the towns and along highways you will be finding dirty snow and bare spots. Trail 8 North of Shingleton is in Poor condition due to large bare sections for the first 4 miles heading North. With a few days of high temps coming grooming operations are currently on hold. If we are lucky one last snow storm may swing through. 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 7 from Christmas South to Trail 8, Trail 7/8 and Trail 8 East to Shingleton. Operations temporarily on hold.

Forecast: Partly Sunny, 48º F, Winds S 5 to 15 mph, Gusts to 30 mph
Currently: Clear, 28º F, Winds S 9 mph

Photos: Trails 7N and Trail 7/8 just West of Trail 7 South

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ICY CONDITIONS and STANDING WATER!

- Icy conditions exist on tight corners and now in some straight sections along with areas of standing water. 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

No new snow, fairly flat with wet snow and some icy stretches developing. Some inside corners have standing water. Groomed 3/8/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

8 West - Chatham

Fair

No new snow, fairly flat with wet snow and some icy stretches developing. Some inside corners have standing water. Choppy West of Trail 7 North. Groomed 3/8/2021 from Trail 7 North heading East, Grooming Operations on Hold

7 South - CR440

Good

No new snow, fair to poor conditions from Trail 8 heading South with minimal to no base, standing water and dirty snow. Groomed 3/6/2021 to Buckhorn Road, Grooming Operations on Hold

7 North - Christmas

Fair

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

419 East - Wetmore

Fair

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

419 West - Munising

Fair

No new snow, fairly flat up in the hills with a minimal base closer to Munising. Watch for some icy corners, ice near top of large hills with a few bare spots. Also watch for water holes developing from springs closer to Munising. Groomed 3/7/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

418 - Au Train

Poor

No new snow, Fa bit choppy in areas and a fair to no base. Bare trail along the Lake Superior Shoreline near AuTrain. Standing and flowing water just East of AuTrain. Groomed 3/6/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

417 - Brownstone Jnct.

Fair

No new snow, fairly flat but a bit choppy in areas with a fair base. Some rocky areas starting to get exposed on the steep hills. Groomed 3/6/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

422 - Miners Castle

Fair

No new snow, fairly flat some light chop and a fair base, 2 mile stretch along H-58 has minimal snow cover along guard rail sections. Some areas of standing water. 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

Fair

No snow, fairly flat with a fair base. Groomed 3/5/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

8 North - Shingleton

Poor

No new snow. Light chop for 7 miles North of Shingleton but Poor due to bare sections and standing water for the first 4 miles heading North. Groomed 3/5/2021, Grooming Operations on Hold

STAY ON TRAIL - Please Stay Off of and DO NOT CROSS residential properties when passing through Shingleton! Gravel roads are not fun but losing a trail is worse!

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