Trail Report

Sunday April 21, 2019 4:27PM

Fair to Good overall conditions

Ice Patches Surface

4 general warnings

3 trail warnings

Welcome to the start of our ORV Trail Reports!
These will be posted every week or so depending on changing conditions.

Trails are currently in a Fair to Good overall condition for ORV riding.  The trails are still 80% covered with a packed snow base. Fun but slower riding trail conditions, icy in areas with water holes, soft spots and ruts forming. The combination of ice and soft ruts can easily re-direct your machine, add in a soft snowy bank and you are quickly pulled off the trail. We can attest to that with today’s ride collecting counter data and inspecting trails – see pictures. Overall the trails were adventurous with the bonus of a dozen Turkey seen on Trail 418 and a few Deer on Trail 417 – see pictures. Remember, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is CLOSED to ORV traffic. H-58 from Munising to Grand Marais is the only road through it that is open to ORV use.

Ride safe and have fun!

ICE, SLUSH, RUTS

- Ride with caution, areas of hard packed snow base remains with icy patches, soft spots and ruts starting to form.

Trail 419 HAZARD

- Trail 419 between Munising and Wetmore has a temporary culvert still in place, too much snow to remove for a safe crossing. Ride with extreme caution as open pockets are starting to form around it - see photos

Trail 419 CLOSED Section

- Trail 419 is closed to wheeled vehicle traffic for two miles from Munising toward Christmas starting at Brook street. Follow ORV Detour - see route and signage in photos

Trail 422 CLOSED in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

- Trail 422 is CLOSED to ORV's in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Miners Castle is NOT Accessible. You can only ride as far north as the Miners Castle Road / Carmody Road Intersection.

Trail Conditions

8 East - Shingleton

Ice Patches

(Marquette-Manistique Trail and Route) - 90% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

8 West - Chatham

Ice Patches

(Marquette-Manistique Trail and Route) - 90% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

7 South - CR440

Ice Patches

80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

7 North - Christmas

Ice Patches

(Marquette-Manistique Trail and Route) - 80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

419 East - Wetmore

Ice Patches

60% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

419 West - Munising

Ice Patches

80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

Trail is closed to wheeled vehicle traffic for two miles from Munising toward Christmas starting at Brook street. Follow ORV Detour - see route and signage in photos

418 - Au Train

Ice Patches

(Marquette-Manistique Trail and Route) - 80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

417 - Brownstone Jnct. to Kawbawgam

Ice Patches

(Marquette-Manistique Trail and Route) - 80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

422 - CFR and NFS Lands Only

Ice Patches

80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

Trail 422 is CLOSED to ORV's in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Miners Castle is NOT Accessible. You can only ride as far north as the Miners Castle Road / Carmody Road Intersection.

Wetmore Spur

Ice Patches

80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts.

8 North - Shingleton

Wet and Muddy

80% hard packed snow cover, wet with soft spots and ruts and water holes.

Trail 8 is CLOSED to ORV's from Shingleton to 1/2 mile North. Alternate route: Ride north along shoulder of H15 for .8 miles to gravel road heading east, Trail 8 intersects 400 feet in and you can head north from there.

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