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Old 03-03-2016, 10:33 AM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 3-03-16

One last hurrah, and it will be a good one. Trail conditions on all of our trails are near perfect. We had a wide flat frozen base last weekend, and it has been topped with 3-6" of new snow earlier in the week, and an unexpected 3" on the Burma Grade last night. Things are great - 2 riders told me last night that they are the best trails of the season - ironic that the weathermen are calling this the last weekend of winter with a big warm-up and rain next week.

The weekends weather is forecast for 33d on Fri and 34d on Saturday. trails will loosen up and will start to get tore up with the traffic I am expecting. We are grooming Friday evening and Saturday night to take care of things.

The only items to note are: trail #2, north of 471, from castle rock road to Moran has 2 thin miles, one at hay lake and one just South of Moran. You will find some gravel in those areas so bypass them if you want - later in the weekend just South of Moran may become very tough. Getting to Moran from the North is just fine. Getting into Brevort you are going to have to deal with a mostly bare shoulder for a mile getting near US-2. In St. Ignace it is moderately OK today, but come Saturday you are going to find pavement to deal with, behind City Hall and also Bentely's getting to downtown gas, and about 3/4 mile of shoulder pavement getting to US-2 Shell. Personally I would be OK with it, some people think that is too much.

Teat this like the 3rd week of March riding, and baring a later March blizzard, and get out and have a good time while you can. Late season riding conditions will be present. Watch for other riders, maybe some ice in the corners, be safe and have a good time.
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Old 03-03-2016, 02:24 PM   #2
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Just talked to 6 riders that came in from Brimley for lunch. They said great ride the whole way. They took our RR grade, and said it was passable. Thin just South of Moran, and a few rocks, but certainly passable. This will likely deteriorate but it is OK as of today.
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Old 03-03-2016, 04:03 PM   #3
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Thanks Neal headed up in an Hour can's wait first ride this year with my Daughter.
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Old 03-03-2016, 07:26 PM   #4
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are the trails to the south off of rail road grade any good?
thinking of trailering there Saturday morning
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which area do you mean?

All of our groomed trails are in very very good condition, with the exception of the 2 miles mentioned before, that is trail #2, North of the 471 beginning, and South of Moran. And today, even that area was in usable condition.
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Old 03-03-2016, 09:32 PM   #6
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I was thinking of going to trout lake via rr grade then taking 471 to the left and back..how far of a ride? want to stay away from all the traffic if possible and put on 100 miles,,thanks
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In the morning the RR Grade in Moran should still be passable. Head up to Trout Lake, then head West, and drop down to trail #2 - which we groom, then up to Rexton. Decide on a stub out to Newberry, otherwise drop down to Epoufette for a snack. Then across the bottom of our trail system on the way home. Nice big day loop, very doable in 1 day. Not sure of the exact milage.
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In the morning the RR Grade in Moran should still be passable. Head up to Trout Lake, then head West, and drop down to trail #2 - which we groom, then up to Rexton. Decide on a stub out to Newberry, otherwise drop down to Epoufette for a snack. Then across the bottom of our trail system on the way home. Nice big day loop, very doable in 1 day. Not sure of the exact milage.
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is there gas in rexton or epoufette?
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gas in TL & Rexton
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I was thinking of going to trout lake via rr grade then taking 471 to the left and back..how far of a ride? want to stay away from all the traffic if possible and put on 100 miles,,thanks
These are not exact, but will give you an idea:

30 miles = Iggy - Trout Lake
27 miles = Trout Lake to Rexton (via #2)
15 miles = Rexton to Epoufette (TASA Trail)
32 miles = Epoutfette to Iggy (via #471)
104 miles = total loop
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Just got a report from the groomer that South of Moran got thinner then expected. Good idea to bypass that area for Saturday. A much better route should be to go the west route. Going to Trout Lake go out 471 then back 2 East to the rr grade and back 47 North. It wont add that much mileage or time to your trip. Actually a bit more scenic.

For those that need it, you can still get to gas in Moran from the North, it is just South of there there is about a mile of very very thin rr grade. If you don't care about some gravel I guess you could just power over it, but wanted to let you know it was there.
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Been in the office for several hours this morning, and there have been a TON of sleds by here. Traffic must be pretty moderate out there. Have fun and stay safe.
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Epoufette reports the most sleds they have seen all season - by far.
Quote from riders just off our Caffey trail:
"Hands down the best trail we have ridden anywhere, all season."
Testament to Bobby & Ken packing our West end highways.
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I groomed up town this afternoon trying to move some snow around and cover the gravel. It helped some but you are going to have to deal with sever hundred feet of gravel getting to us-2 shell or bridge dropoff. Similar but not quite as bad getting to downtown shell.

If you want to try it on sunday just be aware of the issues getting into town. Not sure if any trails will ladt beyond tomorrow but that will certainly kill town.

I will post up conditions if I hear from the groomers.
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These are not exact, but will give you an idea:

30 miles = Iggy - Trout Lake
27 miles = Trout Lake to Rexton (via #2)
15 miles = Rexton to Epoufette (TASA Trail)
32 miles = Epoutfette to Iggy (via #471)
104 miles = total loop
we had a great ride yesterday ,,couldn't believe all the sleds in trout lake once we headed west towards rexton they thinned out a lot first time ever riding that way ,,wont be the last,,thanks
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Just got back put on 350 miles in 2 days and a quick breakfast run on Sunday. You guys did a great job with the trails. I had a couple members in our club that were on the MSA board in our club. They did the ride then were headed to Houghton Sunday to judge the Clean Snowmobile Challenge at MTU that said they couldn't believe how great the trails were.


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