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Old 01-02-2020, 10:43 AM   #1
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Default Trail Conditions 1-02-20

Starting the new year off in recovery mode.

I have had a decent amount of reports out there, and we have a handle on what is going on for the most part. Sometimes people ask why I can't immediately give a full report - it takes time to get people down all of the 101 miles of trail that we have, and believe it or not, I do not have a snowmobile, and neither do 1/2 of my groomer drivers. The other question I get is why do I say "the Caffey is bad" and not Trail #2 is bad? Well I use more local designations because I can pinpoint the areas better. Trail #2 runs from Iggy through Rexton, and is made of up the RR grade, Burma Grade, Truck Trail & Caffey, so you can see it can be better to have more descriptive locations. I used to have a map up showing more local info, not sure what happened to it, so I will post up a new one.

As of this morning we have 1 groomer and 3 or 4 cutting crews out working on different areas.
The attached map shows the situation as of this morning as far as I know. The green sections have been cut open and are passable and have been groomed once, but may have some hemet slappers or small dangly trees - nothing dangerous. The blue sections are in very bad shape and you may be able to get a sled through, but I do not recommend it.

The Caffey has a mix of big and small trees down and is a mess.
The Borland Road has 50+ large trees down in a 1 mile section.
The Cut River trail, has been opened up, and there is some water West of the blueberry fields.
The Truck Trail is open and in good shape.
The RR grade from Iggy to Burma is open and in good shape.
The RR grade from Burma to Trout Lake is a mess.
I do not have a report on the cedarville connector yet. (light blue) I will put money on decent issues on the Red Creek Rd though.

Rough estimate is 200 man hours into this already and we are not half way done yet. I expect the crews to make good progress today. I will update more when I have the info.
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Old 01-02-2020, 10:45 AM   #2
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Just a taste of what is out there.
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Old 01-02-2020, 11:17 AM   #3
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-02-20

AND, I almost forgot....

A HUGE THANK YOU to our unnamed volunteers from Rexton & Trout Lake who were out there without any request or help from us. That kind of thing is a huge help.

If you are lurking on the site, please don't hesitate to post up. You deserve some recognition!
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Old 01-02-2020, 12:10 PM   #4
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Exclamation Re: Trail Conditions 1-02-20

Wow, what a mess. I may try to come UP to give a hand this weekend if things line up.
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:02 PM   #5
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Evening report is that the Borland Road and the Caffey are both now open and the groomer has been down once.

They made progress on the RR Grade, we still have about 5 miles just SOuth of Trout Lake that needs to be finished up.

The Cedarville trail still needs to be check out.
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-02-20

A great big thanks to all that are out there working. Sorry I can’t be there to help.
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:14 PM   #7
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AND, I almost forgot....

A HUGE THANK YOU to our unnamed volunteers from Rexton & Trout Lake who were out there without any request or help from us. That kind of thing is a huge help.

If you are lurking on the site, please don't hesitate to post up. You deserve some recognition!
Happy to help, with my work schedule it can be difficult to "give back", the timing was right!
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Old 01-02-2020, 08:25 PM   #8
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I was out Tuesday and Wednesday clearing often whatever I could by hand. Pretty much did something on every trail RR grade to Burma Grade Burma grade had some big stuff. Caught I fresh groom on Tuesday heading to Brevort. Had a bite to eat after about 15- 20 stops clearing. I was whooped the weight was deceiving some of the smaller stuff I though I was going to man handle snapped me right back or I could barely move it. Was able to clear a lot of small stuff after the groomer. Also caught a fresh groom On Burma grade after the Intersection and RR grade back into Moran where I ran into Groomer Chris and one other gentlemen. I had just came from Trout Lake and let them know the RR grade had a huge pine down just south of M123 coming out of Trout Lake. No where to even go around. I think they went on with a saw and got that cleared. RR Grade North of Kenneth still lot of work. From there south has cleaned up a lot. Beatiful out there. I will send some pics

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Hunter and I shook Atleast 100 trees to spring back and probably moved another 50 between Monday and Tuesday. It was and I’m sure still is a mess in spots. Thanks to all those that are continuing efforts throughout the week! Now if we could get Mother Nature to get back in line we would be all set. The warm weather and rain couldn’t have helped anything today.
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Old 01-03-2020, 10:08 AM   #10
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We made lots of progress on the trees. Still some ways to go, and Ma Nature isn't done with the hits yet. It was pretty warm the last couple of days, and the deep woods are in OK shape for snow, but we are losing the RR grade out of Iggy. Recommend trailering right now.
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Old 01-03-2020, 01:01 PM   #11
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Dangerous trail conditions, and the fact that EMS can not access the trails in the Curtis area due to downed trees, and more importantly open water and swamps - their trails are CLOSED until further notice. I am hearing they are basically impassable and people are getting into trouble trying to get in there.

I just got this info via phone, I will post up the official press release when I get it.
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Old 01-03-2020, 04:33 PM   #12
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- DNR News -
Map of snowmobile trail closures in eastern UP.
Jan. 3, 2020
Media contact: John Pepin, 906-226-1352

Snowmobile trail segments closed in Mackinac County
Some snowmobile trail sections in the Curtis area of Mackinac County have been temporarily closed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because of hazards posed by recent weather conditions.

After recent snow and ice storms, followed by a warming trend, hazards posed by downed trees, branches and water over trails have emerged in the eastern Upper Peninsula.

Trails crews continue to work on clearing trails, especially in Chippewa County, but the going is slow. The DNR is assembling crews to assist trail grant sponsors with the cleanup.

In some places, in neighboring Mackinac County, riders have disregarded closed gates and found trouble along the trails.

“Emergency crews have pulled sleds out of heavy water areas over two consecutive nights,” said Paul Gaberdiel, eastern U.P. trails specialist with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Parks and Recreation Division. “These areas with swamps have a lot of water holes in the trails. Conditions there may not improve until significant snowfall and much colder temperatures occur, which are needed to freeze and firm-up the trails.”

Disregarding closed trail signs or gates could jeopardize rider safety. The trail closures are taking place to proactively help protect riders from these hazards.

“The majority of the closures are in western Mackinac County, around Curtis,” said Rob Shields, a DNR forest fire supervisor. “It is paramount that snowmobilers ride cautiously in other areas of the eastern Upper Peninsula.”

Trails affected by the closures include portions of U.P. Trail Nos. 2, 421, 457 and 43. One closure bypass is available along County Road 432 north of Gulliver in Schoolcraft County.

For the latest information on DNR trail and other facility closures, visit Michigan.gov/DNRClosures.

Find out more information on snowmobiling in Michigan, visit Michigan.gov/Snowmobiling.

Review trail safety tips at Michigan.gov/RideRight.
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Default Re: Trail Conditions 1-02-20

The RR Grade from Iggy to Trout Lake is now open and safe.

The Truck trail is open, but needs cleanup. Same with Cut River trail.
I think the Caffey is good.

Small crews will be working on the Huckleberry & Truck Trails tomorrow.
Big crew will try to open up Cedarville trail on Sunday.

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If you are out riding this weekend and want to help out, there is smaller stuff that needs to be trimmed, and stuff that needs to be moved further off of the trail on the Truck Trail and Cut River trails. remember the groomer is 14ft tall, and we try to groom 14-16ft wide.
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Following. Any updates after the weekend? Hoping to ride the area Saturday, or go further North and West?
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Our group rode the Straits Club trails on Saturday 1/4, most trails were in pretty good shape. Here is a report on where we rode:

Truck trail north 470/471 from Brevort to Trout Lake, good condition.

Trail 2 Caffey, about mid way several water crossings, we turned around. A few other oncoming groups did pass us, so you can cross the water spots.

Trail 471 Castle Rock/Round Lake/Pipeline/Camp Rd in good shape. A small water crossing on the Pipeline.

RR Grade Trail 2 from Moran north, good condition. South of Moran a few rocks poking thru but passable.

RR Grade Trail 47 north of Burma to Trout Lake good shape with one small slush/water hole north of Burma grade. The last few miles into Trout Lake were a bit choppy.

Trail 2 Burma Grade west of RR Grade: Logging has the road plowed for about 4 miles, still ridable on the shoulders. The plowed portion is icy. One water hole (12 inches deep) about 1 mile east of the 471 truck trail. We decided to bypass around the water hole using a forest road at the ORV parking area.

We removed some remaining brush as we came across during our ride.

A bit of fresh snow would freshen things up and make the trails very good.

While in Trout Lake getting some lunch, we heard reports that the CSC trail to Strongs was blocked by large tree about 5 miles into the woods. Also the Soo Club was struggling to clear their trails and the DNR is bringing help this week to assist in tree removal.

The TASA trail 473 from Rexton to Trout Lake was passable by sled, but in very poor shape through the swamp with trees down, talking to a couple that rode from Newberry.
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Following. Any updates after the weekend? Hoping to ride the area Saturday, or go further North and West?
I always give a full update on trail conditions on Monday and Thursday. If there is a need you will get additional info in between that.
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Thank you for the update. With a little warm up coming, may try north of Seney.
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