MUSKOKA - A few more flakes would be helpful, but at this point a great deal of the local snowmobile trail system is up and operational.
Gravenhurst-based Snowcrest Riders club president Bob Clarke said as of this past weekend the club has been able to get all but six of its 16 trails open and local lakes have been staked, including parts of Lake Muskoka, Sparrow and Kahshe. He added the six that are currently closed are being checked after each snowfall and three of those could open within the next week if weather co-operates.
“If the lakes aren’t staked, it’s not considered safe, but at this point we’ve been able to check most of the lakes around and get those staked,” he said. “We could certainly use a bit more snow, but we are rolling now.”
He added that trail C101D, which essentially takes riders from the Muskoka Wharf in Gravenhurst up to the Bracebridge region of trails, was opened as of Jan. 24. Riders should check the trail signage to determine the condition: red means closed, yellow means limited and green is full availability. Many of the open trails locally are still rated yellow, which “means they may be groomed, and they are all well packed, but some extra caution should be taken,” Clarke said, explaining because the base is thin, some rocks, roots or branches could be exposed.
“It’s a thin base right now, but what is there is solid and the long-range forecast, even with the warmer weather coming, looks like we’ll be getting some of that snow we’d like,” Clarke said.
Around Bracebridge, the Trunk Trail and trail D103B, and a great deal of C102D to the north are open with varied conditions.
To check local conditions, visit the Snowcrest Riders’ website at snowcrestriders.com, the Sno-Bombers of Bracebridge at sno-bombers.com or the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club’s interactive maps at ofsc.on.ca.