Eagle Run Trail Groomed For Fat Bikes
Winter mountain biking, aka Fat Biking, is rapidly gaining popularity in Michigan.
The Corsair Trail Council is embracing this growing segment of winter sports and is grooming the Eagle Run Trails, located two miles west of Oscoda on River Road, for fat bike riding. The seven miles of trails are being groomed 6' wide for shared multi-use with cross-country skiers, fat bikers and snowshoers.
Winter brings unmatched fun and gorgeous scenery to the Eagle Run trail system and now fat bikes allow us to enjoy this winter wonderland on two wheels. Threading through a gentle quiet forest, the trail traverses an interesting wetland and occasionally follows the shoreline bank of the lower AuSable River.
The trail is fairly level and is accommodating to all skill levels. Be sure to watch for wildlife such as deer, turkey, muskrat, trumpeter swans and the namesake bald eagles that travel along the river.
Trail Rules and Etiquette
To reduce conflict, lower the impact of snow biking on this multi-use trail and protect the relationship with the U.S. Forest Service, we ask you to follow trail rules and etiquette.
• Support trail grooming by purchasing a trail button. Buttons are available at area businesses.
• Hikers walk along left edge of trail, skiers travel along right edge, bikers and snowshowers travel down the center, preserving the ski tracks.
• Bikes yield to skiers and snowshoers. Snowshoers yield to skiers.
• Tires must be 4" or bigger. Tire Pressure: 6 psi or lower recommended for preserving trail conditions and optimizing bicycle performance.
• Temperature: Below 30 degrees. If it is above 30 degrees you should not be riding on the soft trails.
• If you are leaving a rut deeper than an inch, having a hard time riding in a straight line, or pushing your bike, the snow is too soft and you absolutely should not be biking on the trails.
Where Else Can I Ride?
Two-track roads in the Huron National Forest are open to mountain biking. Some forest roads are plowed, packed and fun to explore in the snow covered environment.
The Michigan Shore-to-Shore Trail, in the Huron National Forest, is open to mountain biking. The trail extends from Lake Huron (Oscoda) to Lake Michigan (Empire). During winter it is occasionally packed by trail users and may provide good riding.
The Corsair Trail System on Monument Road is CLOSED to mountain biking. Riding on these trails is strictly prohibited.
Be sure to stop by Nordic Sports to purchase a trail grooming button and receive a map of the Eagle Run Trails.
Groomed trails don't fall from heaven... the snow does, and then the work begins. Grooming equipment, fuel, tools, insurance and repairs are costly and are financed by trail user's financial contributions. Trail buttons ($10) are available at Gary Oil Company in Oscoda or Nordic Sports in East Tawas.
Friday - February 26, 2016
The recent 12" snowfall was packed and groomed last night and conditions are excellent!
Please be conscious of the weather and temperature. With the warming temps ride early in the morning while the snow surface is frozen and fast. Riding in soft snow will leave damaging ruts and will be difficult and slow cycling.
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