Trail Conditions 2020-2021

Friday March 5
With all the rain and warm temps all trails are closed to riding. Looks like forecast for coming week is in the 50's so will be closing gates on trail 4 west of Hillman to protect private landowners from unwanted riders. If we get ridable snow will reopen but for now everything is done for the season.

Wednesday 2/24/21
The past couple days have taken a major toll on trails being it rained and temps in the mid 40's. Several sections of trails in open areas are now bare and we will need a few inches of snow to begin grooming again. Trails 464 and 992 were groomed Monday and not bad but with melting all trails are rated poor to fair at best. Sorry for the crappy report.

Monday 2/15/21

We have gotten several inches of new snow this past week but since it was very low in moisture and fluffly does not pack when grooming. All trails have been groomed and several will be groomed today. 
Trail 992 to Posen Very good with few thin sections
Trail 4 to Hillman fair
Trail 4 to Alpena good
Norway Ridge, Indian Reserve and Devils Lake need snow Fair

Sunday 2/7/21
All trails except Devils Lake, lack of snow, have been groomed and are in fair to good condition. Snow is still light in some sections but overall for the snow we have trails are white and rideable. As most areas had a hard base before we got the 4" of snow late last week we were able to groom and trails are not bad.

Tuesday 2/2/21
Nothing new except maybe even a little less snow. If weather guessers are correct we might get some snow Friday so we are waiting. Trails still mostly are white but are rated poor.

Sunday 1/24/21
Still nothing new to report. No new snows and all trails are still poor. 

Sunday 1/10/21
Nothing new to report with no new snow and warmer temps the past week or so. All trails are still rated poor even though most are still white. Until we get new snow no groomers will be running.

Thursday 12/24
Trails are all in poor condition do to warm temperatures and rain. We will need more snow to even think about grooming so we just sit and wait. Merry Christmas to everyone.

Monday 12/21
After a lot of work and help from Thunder Bay Sledheaders all our trails have been opened of fallin trees, branches, etc. TRails have been groomed but due to heavy traffic and warmer temps are in poor condition. Lots of dirt showing on most trails with again trail 992 to Posen being the best. If you see something in the trail please stop and remove. Grooming has stopped until we get more snow.

Wednesday 12/16
We got about 12" of very wet snow this past Sunday and we are still working on opening trails from all the downed trees and brush. Main trails 4 to Hillman, 992 to Posen and 464 connecting these trails have been cleared and are in fair to not bad condition with a few face slappers and other small issues. Devil's Lake trail will be cleared today we hope along with Indian Reserve and maybe Norway Ridge if all goes well. Not fun with all the trees down and brush blocking trails but we are doing our best. Please ride safe and stop to remove brush as every little bit helps.

We did 
December 6, 2020
All trails have been checked, trees removed, and signs replaced or repair. The only issue we have is  zero snow yet so we wait. Once we get snow it will take sometime to build a base and fill any holes in trail. Also please ride safely once we do get snow as funny things happen to trails from now until we start grooming like more downed trees and signs disappearing.

Trails have been signed and brushed in preparation of a new snow season.

Thursday March 20, 2019
All trails are closed due to warm weather and rain. Gates west of Hillman will be closed while others will remain open for now.

Thursday Feb 20

Trails were groomed early this morning and some were groomed yesterday. Base is starting wear out from grooming and new snow is needed. If the forecast is correct we are expecting temps in the 40's the next couple days which will take a toll on trails and grooming operations . Groomers could be on trail 24/7. Slow down and enjoy the ride.

Trail 992 Alpena to Posen:  Excellent
Trail 4 Herron Rd. to Alpena: Very Good
Trail 4 Herron Rd. to Hillman: Good
Trail 464  Connector : Very Good
Indian Reserve Road Trail: Good
Devil's Lake :  Good

Friday January 10
Winter Storm Warning
It looks like we might get rideable snow late tonight and late tomorrow night with maybe up to 10". Since we have zero base and lots of standing water if you ride please be extra safe. Slow down and watch for issues along the trail like water, trees, ruts and other hazards. Will update if we see the snow.

Sunday January 5
Trails are worse than terrible!! Between loggers and lots of water it will tack lots of cold temperaturers and snow to ever make a great trail and neither is in the forecast.

Tuesday December 31
Happy New Year
Lots of rain the past few days followed by about 1" of snow. Trails are awful with lots of standing water and very little snow. No grooming or riding on our trails yet.

Sunday December 22
Well the warm temps of 40's has taken care of any snow we had. Trails are bare again so until we see new snow nothing will change.

Monday December 8
After clearing numerous trees from the last high winds and snow we are now getting rain. We still have lots of water issues on trails that need to freeze before any grooming can be done. Trails are all in poor condition and will need cold weather and snow. Will update when conditions change.

Monday December 2
We did received about 6" of snow with very high winds yesterday. Crews have covered the trails to remove downed trees which exceeded 40. The groomer did cover the Devil's Lake trail but due to no frost and standing water it was decided to wait to cover other trails. If you want to ride Trail 992 would be the best bet with no standing water

Saturday March 23 8:00AM
This will be the last trail report of the season unless we get  new snow before April 1st. Trails still have snow but are very hard and travel between trails using roads is not possible. Forecast is for rain and temps in the upper 40's . So Happy Spring

Thursday March 15 8:00AM
Lots of rain and warm temps have really taken a toll on trails and especially county roads. All grooming has stopped until we get new snow. So trails are fair at best

Wednesday march 6 *AM
Trails are all being groomed and are in very good condition. Watch for deer on trails and please ride safe.

Sunday March 3 8:00AM
What a winter so far with no snow in December to will it ever quit in February. With  groomer running more also see more issues with broken drags and flat tires.  Trails are very good with a bump here and there due to bridges and drifts. Please ride safe

Tuesday Feb 26 4:00PM
Trails have gone from almost perfect to fair in one big storm. It stated with warm temps, the rain, then freezing rain oh is it cold. Groomers are trying to groom frozen trails and remove trees and branches but trails are far from prefect yet. If you ride please be safe and watch for the unexpected.  

Friday Feb 22 7:30AM
All trails have been groomed the last 2 days and in excellent  condition. Forecast for the next couple days is rain so we will have to wait to see what falls out before we can groom again. If riding trail 992 between Alpena and Posen please watch for deer as we are seeing 50 to 100 every time we groom. Ride safe and please stay on trails as makers.

Monday Feb 18 7:30AM
Trails are being groomed but have two issues that have developed. First we have a drag down with broken welds which might take a day or two to repair. Secondly we had hunters destroy trail 464 with about 6 trucks getting stuck them bringing in wreckers to help destroy the trail. If riding on this trail section please be aware of logging and now hunters.
Thursday Feb 14 7:30 AM
The recent snow storm brought over 8" of new snow and high winds causing lots of drifting. Groomers have been out and trails are in very good condition. Wind is still causing some drifting so please slow down and ride safely. Also watch for logging on trail 464.

Tuesday Feb 5 7:30AM
The past couple days took its toll on trails and snow depth. Forecast does not look good for today through Thursday for a little snow but rain and freezing rain. Need to have temps drop for a couple days so tractor does not rut trails due to soft base. So with that said trails are rated fair at best.

Sunday Feb 3 8:00AM
All the traffic yesterday took a really toll on trails. Club parking lot was so filled that groomers could not get out of barn to run. Guess not a big deal as temps today are in the mid 30's with rain coming. Trails there are from fair to very good but will be grooming until Tuesday if forecast is correct. 
Monday January 28 8:00AM
Grooming will be on hold today until the present winter storm passes by. Trails are in very good condition and are being groomed as needed. With the very cold temps trails are holding up very well. 

Thursday January 23 8:00AM
Finally new snow has arrived with about 4" and another 3" today. Groomers will again be out starting tomorrow and get all trails ready for weekend. Riding will be cold but trails should be excellent since we had a good base. Ride safe

Monday January 14 5:30PM
Grooming will be on hold until we get more snow. TRails are rated from poor to fair to good since our trails cover a large area. Please conditions on trails closer to Alpena and north

Saturday, Jan. 12th 7:00AM
TRails Fair to good
All trails have been groomed but we need more snow. Grooming has been placed on hold until we get more snow. Best riding will be near Alpena and north. All trails are rideable but we do need snow. Trails are like first snow with an ice base so please ride safe and enjoy a day in the woods. Watch for logging on TRail 464 which will run all winter.

Thursday January 10 5:00PM
We got between 3 to 6" of snow last night which makes grooming a real pleasure. Trail 992 is very good to Posen, Trail 4 is very good from Alpena to Herron Road and then to Hillman is fair to good. Trail 464 is very good as are other trails. 
Stop by our trail stop/open house this Saturday the 12th from 11 to 3 at our club house corner of M 32 and Herron Road on TRail 464
Wednesday January 9 7:20AM
TRAILS: POOR/FAIR We had a very warm weekend which eliminated most trails . Then came the storm which dropped about 3" of snow with lots of wind followed by ice/rain. Groomer are on hold as snow is too wet to run but might try tomorrow to check for downed trees. If you ride please be safe and watch for issues on trails.

January 3 8AM

Groomers have been out and trails are in FAIR condition. Had to remove lots of low hanging branches so watch for those missed by groomer. This is first snow so watch for issues on trails until we get more groomable snow. A special thank you to Thunder Bay Sledheads for their help on cutting branches.

January 1, 2019 Tuesday
Well the big snow storm has come and gone and we got about 4" of new snow not the 6 to 10" predicted. Better then nothing but not enough to groom yet. Trails should be rideable for a few sleds but will be like early riding as we had no base. Ride carefully and watch for any hazards that might appear on trails.

Sunday , Dec 29 7:00AM
Still no snow!!!! After a month where we got about 2" of snow on Christmas eve then you got it RAIN! We have about 1" of snow on the ground now but even forecast for this week is not good. So we wait and will update when or if things change.

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Please note that we will do our best to give you an true indication of existing trail conditions but also be aware that they can vary greatly as our system covers a very large area. If it appears that the update is from a few days back it is because either the conditions have not changed or we are out riding. 
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Special Note: As of Monday February 8th the City of Alpena Trail will be closed to all traffic as they are removing the bridge over the Thunder Bay River. Trails 4 from Hillman and 992 from Posen will still be open to Alpena for food, fuel, and lodging but not between the 2 trails. Connecting of trails 4 & 992 must be done by using trail 464