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moonshiner

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Hate to be a downer but this is the forecast for deadwood, I would guess the trails will be in tough shape after this week. It will be a lot cooler at trailshead but still very warm for this time of year.

Today A slight chance of snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 47. West wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tonight Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday Partly sunny, with a high near 52. South wind 3 to 7 mph.

Wednesday Night Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind 7 to 12 mph increasing to 13 to 18 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph.

Thursday Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 32 mph.

Thursday Night A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 8 to 13 mph.

Friday Sunny, with a high near 50.

Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.

Saturday Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 28.

Sunday Mostly sunny, with a high near 41.

Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 27.

Monday Partly sunny, with a high near 43.
 

sdsnocop

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Below is the forecast for the Trailshead / Hardy camp area. Not quite as bad as Deadwood but still ugly. I beleive the snow will still survive but expect spring conditions. Going up to ride today (for fun), Have to be in Chamberlain for a meeting tomorrow and due to OT issues I will not be back up until Saturday.


Today
A chance of snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind 8 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph.
Wednesday
Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph.
Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Breezy, with a southwest wind 14 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 52. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph.
Thursday Night
A chance of rain showers before 11pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Friday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Friday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
Saturday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 42.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 22.
Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 35.
Sunday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
Monday
Partly sunny, with a high near 37.
 

sdsnocop

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Found some real good conditions today. Never went North of Trailshead, A good 8 inches new snow since the weekend. Temps never got out of the low 30's today. Found good powder but I lost spark on my Mountain Cat so I had to switch to the old trusty 400 Indy. Best conditions of the year so far.
 

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sdsnocop

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How far south from trailshead and what trail number were you on might run out there tomorrow if conditions are good.

We unloaded East of the barricade on trail 8, rode 8 to trail 1, turned off 1 North through Blind Park to the Snotel site. Rode North of Snotel site to next meadow. Rode powder along meadow and took pics. East to FS117. North on FS117 to Oatman Springs. Veered NE to road along meadow East of the Mickelson Ranch. Cat broke down, towed back to FS117, towed North to Trail 2, Trail 2 into Hardy Camp, switch to Old Polaris Indy, Lunch at Trailshead. South through meadows to Trail 1 next to Cold Creek, South on 1 to Monkey Hollow. Got Polaris Stuck behind Monkey Hollow. South on 1 to 11, West on FS110 to Trail 11, to Mallow Camp, East to Trail 12, South across head waters of Beaver Creek, South over ridge to Dry Parmelee Canyon, East to Trail 12B to Trail 12, North on FS117 to Trail 1 to Trail 8. East on Trail 8 and past barricade. Veer North, climb ridge to photo site of George Custer's 1874 expedition. Back to truck.
 

sdsnocop

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When do they close the system for the season ?

Trails are open through March 31. Grooming will also go as far into March as snow conditions allow. Snowmobiling is still allowed on Forest Service lands and snowed in roads after March 31st. Trails that cross private lands and on the Mickelson Trail are closed starting April 1st.
 

starrsleds

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blind park snotel is at 23 inches that's the highest its been all year? Pretty happy cause all the keyboard jockeys say there is no snow. More for us!!!!!
 

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Keep us posted on how things are on Saturday and Sunday, still thinking of coming out next week. Looks like some snow chances for next week:face-icon-small-hap
 

sdsnocop

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Snow is holding up ok. Trails were good except they were a little hard and icy this morning but soften up nice by lunch time. Trail into Spearfish canyon is holding up. Just a 1/4 mile stretch that has a strip of gravel down the middle. You can still ride on snow or ice along the edge. Off trail is a little crusty but still somewhat soft in the trees. IMO the snow was much better South of Trailshead, not as crusty and more fresh snow on top. Also much less tracked up. Temps today jusy soften the top and did not melt anything.
 

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accident

The Care Flight helicopter was in the Trailshead lot around noon today. I noticed that Black Hills Trails "tweeted" shortly after that to slow down and be careful on the trails because they were icy. Put those two things together and it sounds like somebody was going too fast on icy trails and had a fairly serious accident. Unfortunate.
 
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