Michigan Mountain Biking Association
Steve_Kinley wrote:Probably because the snowmobiles are allowed in the south unit and they wouldn't want them on the same trail where they set the classic XC ski tracks.
DNR_Bald Mountain wrote:Hello,
To try and clear up any confusion on the different units, the South unit trails are the only legal trails where you are allowed to snowmobile, while in the North unit snowmobiles are illegal as the North unit is designated for cross-country skiing. While fat biking is not prohibited in the north unit, we ask that people respect the multiuse trails and not ride when the crosscountry ski tracks have been set. Since snowmobiles are allowed in the south unit and they help pack down the trail, we are able to enhance the trail with our groomer for fatbikes, so it made more sense to groom the South unit for fatbikes since most of the grooming is already in place. To try and switch units for their designated use would be a legal nightmare and create all kinds of confusion.
So in summary:
South Unit: legally open to snowmobiles, groomed for fatbikes.
North Unit: groomed for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling is illegal, fatbikes are NOT prohibited-but please respect the other users and not ride when tracks are set.
When we groom the north unit, we use a snowmobile, so maybe those are the tracks you saw. However if you see other people snowmobiling in the north, let us know ASAP at 248-693-6767. Cross-country skiing and snowmobiles do not mix well.
Lead Ranger A
Bald Mountain Recreation Area
1330 East Greenshield Rd
Lake Orion, MI 48360
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