Current Grooming Report and Snow Conditions
January 22, 2019
Went out today to groom the trail system…ran into a bit of trouble. About 1/2 mile out on the Museum Trailhead trail, there was a large washout, and trying to skirt around it, the snow caved in and the snowmobile and grooming machine got stuck…really stuck! The only way out was to detach the grooming machine and try to drive across black ice. The black ice won! About an hour later of digging snow and trying to create a snow surface, a lone skier came by (Michelle) and helped me move the machine onto just enough snow to back up and then go forward.
After packing the snow and reattaching the groomer, I went out about another 1/4 mile and came across a series of 4-5 washouts. It’s possible to cross them and groom beyond them but will wait for further assistance.
WOW!!! What little is groomed is very good, will try again on Friday. Hopefully, we can get the snowmobile trailer dug out so that we can transfer the machines to the Jamison trailhead, where better snow conditions exist. Thank you for your patience, but with all the recent rain, many, many washouts have occurred. We received about 4” of new snow, but it did not fill in the washout areas. Overall, good skiing for classic/back country skiing… should be good skate skiing on the limited groomed that I did.
JAMISON TRAIL: Open, not groomed
HARPER’S WAY: Open, not groomed
CAMP LISA: Open, not groomed
UPPER CAMPGROUND: Open, not groomed
CAMPGROUND: Open, not groomed
LOWER CAMPGROUND: Open, not groomed…won’t be groomed this season due to downed trees.
BEAR SCAT FLAT: Open, groomed, no set track
PLUMAS-EUREKA: Open, groomed, set track for about .5km (then the electrical connection for the track setter broke…will fix it by Friday)
DOG TRAIL: Open, not groomed
THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN THIS!
A special thank you to all who have supported our volunteer grooming program in the past (no state funds are used for this program). If you haven’t this year, please consider donating to our efforts to keep them ongoing. And of course, gratitude to all the volunteers who donate their time to the trails.
Again, this year, our entire funding comes through donations to PESPA (Plumas Eureka State Park Association, P.O. Box 1148, Graeagle, CA 96103. There will be a donation box installed at the Jamison Trailhead Kiosk soon.. There are no trail fees, but we do wish that you consider donating to the program. Suggested donations are $5.00/day per person, $25.00/person for the season and only $35.00/family for the season.
Dogs are not permitted on the Jamison or Museum Trailhead trails, but a separate Dog Trail is groomed across from the Jamison Trailhead, for both skiers, snowshoers and their canine friends. It is currently groomed. We ask that you pick up after your pets. There is a pet station/bags at the Kiosk. Go out and enjoy winter skiing and snowshoeing!!!
AVALANCHE ADVISORY: The Central Sierra Nevada Mountain Avalanche Advisory is issued daily by the Sierra Avalanche Center (SAC), covering the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range from Ebbett’s Pass (State Highway 4, Alpine County) to Yuba Pass (State Highway 49, Sierra County). It applies to back-country areas outside of developed ski areas only. For daily avalanche advisory information, go to the SAC website at www.sierraavalanchecenter.org, or phone (530) 587-3558.