Checkout the conditions on Minnesota Highway 6 south of Emily! This link will take you to the Minnesota Department of Transportation's camera showing Highway 6. The State updates the images several times per hour; the camera is located just south of Emily. Note: you can't see much at night!!
IMPORTANT: The road construction completed in the City of Emily last summer resulted in the addition of new sidewalks along Highway 6, and in some changes to our trail route through the city. The trails are marked; please stay on them! Note that snowmobiles are not allowed on the City sidewalks!! Also, there is what may appear to be a vacant lot on the northwest corner of Lake Street and 2nd Street, across from the Catholic Church. This is actually a MnDOT holding pond for a new storm sewer system, and has lots of drainage stuff in the middle of it. Please do not drive across this; the trail runs along the south and east sides of this lot. The City has been very accommodating to us during the trail change process, and we ask that everyone follow the rules. THANKS!
Also....The local power company has been installing new utility poles and overhead wiring along the east side of Highway 6, along the Wolfhound Trail. Before we received all of our snow, they had completed a lot of work to brush back the right-of-way, and had installed many of the new poles. They have now begun work to install poles down closer to Big Al's Bar, and they plowed a lot of snow down to the ground adjacent to, and sometimes on, our trail. So....please use caution when riding in this area.
FRIDAY JANUARY 11, 2019 UPDATE
Good News! The swamps on the Aspen East Trail are finally safe for us to drive our equipment on, and we completed grooming it today. Tomorrow night, we will groom the Smokey Hollow South, Emily-to-Outing and Emily-to-Fifty Lakes Trails. We did not get any new snow this week......
MONDAY JANUARY 7, 2019 UPDATE
We are grooming today and tonight; the entire system will be complete by tomorrow morning (except for the Aspen East trail). We did have a bit of a setback in terms of weather. We were expecting 3-5 inches of new snow, but got zero.....and it rained; temps have been in the high 30's. The snow is extremely wet and sticky, which does not groom as well as the dry stuff. Trails in shaded areas still have, in general, a fair amount of (wet) snow, but the snow in open areas is melting fast. The temps are expected to drop on Tuesday, but there is no significant snow in the forecast for this week.
FRIDAY JANUARY 4, 2019 UPDATE
The temperatures have been very warm the last couple of days, reaching into the low 40's. The trails were still smooth when we checked them yesterday, but they are getting soft and a bit dirty in spots. Grooming in these conditions can cause more harm than good. We are going to groom our high usage trails (Emily to Outing, and Emily to Fifty Lakes) Saturday night, but we are going to hold off on the rest until the temps drop back down, probably Monday night. We still have not groomed the Aspen East trail due to the thin ice on the swamps.
LOG YOUR TIME!
Please keep track of the time that you volunteer to help the club. This includes just about everything...i.e., trail clean up, trail grooming, equipment maintenance, administrative work, etc. This helps us with the reporting we are required to do to the State of Minnesota, plus it may make you eligible for an award at the end of the riding season! To record your time/activities, you can fill out the attached Log Sheet and drop it off at the Club House (additional copies are available at the Club House), or you can email the information contained on the form to firstname.lastname@example.org