Winter storm today

It started snowing at MECCA at 5am this morning and the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning with accumulations of 7-13″ by noon Monday.  The trails were rolled and packed on 11/29, when the base was 2″.  The grooming team will roll and pack the trails tomorrow.  Stay tuned for trail updates as the groomers work on the trails.  Let the games begin!

Ski TRAILS CLOSED DUE TO WARM WEATHER

The ski trails are closed to skiers and hikers due to warm weather.  The snowshoe trails at the cabin trailhead are open for hikers.  Please stay off the ski trails as we try to protect the fragile base.  The forecast is for cooler temps and snow this weekend.

1-2″ base – we need snow

MECCA Trails were rolled today and the trails are marginally skiable.  If you need to come out, use your rock skis as the base is extremely thin, with numerous bare spots.  Trails won’t be groomed again until we get at least 4″ of new snow and unfortunately there’s nothing on the forecast.  We know that snow will come, so stay tuned!

Another dusting

MECCA TRAILS got 2 inches of snow over the weekend, but that’s all we have.  There’s a little snow in the forecast but we’ll need to get a good storm before we can groom.

It’s also gun deer season and the trail system is completely on public lands open to hunting.  You’re probably well advised to stay off the trails this week, or if you do head out for a hike, be sure to wear blaze orange.

FIRST SNOW

3-5 inches of snow over the past 48 hours with cool temps forecasted this week.

Hiking trails are open, maps are available at both trailheads.

MECCA Trails are on public lands open to hunting.  Wear blaze orange.

Stay tuned for updates on grooming for the ski trails.

November Trail Report

Trails are open for hiking.  MECCA’s new Hiking Map is posted at both trailheads.  The Hiking Map indicates the location of the boardwalks and wetlands on Moose and Homestead.  There is trail access from the Chalet Trailhead  in the east to the Flowage Trailhead in the west.

Be advised that all trails are open to hunting.

Trail work has been completed this fall on Spruce Hills and Moose.  Grading has been completed around the chalet.

Hazard trees removal and brushing will continue through November.

The chalet will open 8am – 6pm, when skiing and snowshoeing conditions permit.  Masks will be required when in the chalet until COVID restrictions are lifted.

Trails are open for hiking

The trails from the Little Turtle Flowage Trailhead have great hikes.  You can go right from the parking lot towards Voss Lake or go left across the flowage towards the cabin on the Little Turtle River.  If you hike from the chalet, you’ll get wet feet.  You can hike on the snowshoe trails as well.  The chalet is closed for the summer.  The toilets are open and inspected weekly.

Grooming Operations Suspended

Warm weather this week and rain on Wednesday have softened the trails so grooming has been suspended for the season.  No new snow predicted in weather forecast.  Skiing conditions poor with fast icy conditions when temps fall below freezing at night and soft wet conditions when temps rise during the day.  Ski and snowshoe trails will continue to deteriorate. Thank you for coming to MECCA Trails this winter!

Warm weather trail report

Skier and snowshoe traffic is not recommended when the surface softens. Skate lane combed this morning, tracks were set on Friday. Morning surfaces may be firm, Tracks have icy spots.  Grooming activity will resume when overnight temps are in the 20s.

Weekend Trail Report

Groomers were out early Saturday morning setting new tracks.  The skate lane was combed this morning.  The surface is a mix of snow crystals and cold snow making for fast conditions.  Very good conditions, no bare spots, 5-9″ base.  . Snowshoe trails in great shape.