Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Closed
  • Last Groomed: March 13th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 24"
  • Reported On: April 01st, 2020 @ 7:27am

Groomer Report

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Wednesday 4/1/2020 9:00 am CST Overall Story:   THANK YOU

THANK YOU for visiting and riding our trails this season.  Our group of 100% all volunteers does this in hopes you come here, fall in love with our area and buy a house.  We believe in the positive ramifications responsible motorized recreation has in our area economy and the best riders in the world are why.  We will need tremendous help this coming fall as trail 11S will have to be rerouted or closed, we got lucky 2 years in a row.  Overall thank you land owners, sponsors and volunteers.  It takes everyone to make this happen.

WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   We are begging riders to ride off trail legally as there are 1-million acres of public land east of Wakefield to off trail ride on – please only ride legal areas!  The Ottawa National Forest is 990,000 acres and much of it open to cross-country riding (no trail/road) if there is 6″ or more of snow.  Several restricted areas, contact the forest for further information.  CLICK THIS LINK FOR MAPS, scroll down to motor vehicle use maps.

BASE SNOW FALL:  This is current ground snow depth.

NWS Marquette, MI Next 24 Hours Snow Forecast:  click here

John Dee Snow Central Forecast:  click here


Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  Fair

Last groomed 3/7/2020.    Please do not ride on side walks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.


Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield:

Overall rating:  Fair to Poor

Last groomed 3/7/2020.  There is a water hazard near Blackjack.  Trail is icy.


Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:

Overall Rating:  Fair

Last groomed 3/6/2020.  Water Hazard west of 2/8 intersection. 

Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:

Overall Rating: Fair **SEE NOTE

Last Groomed 3/6/2020.  The ditch trail on Gogebic Area Grooming’s side has had the water holes open up, it is impassable.  We do not advise riding this trail unless you are a highly experienced technical rider with a long track.


Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  Fair

Last Groomed 3/6/2020.  There is logging about 1/2 way north on the trail, YIELD TO LOGGERS AND GIVE THEM RESPECT – IT’S THEIR LAND!   STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!!!   This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride!  Stay on the trail in the farm fields.  Over 25 landowners are involved to make this trail a reality, please respect them and ride responsibly.  There are several scenic vistas on the trail:

Bald Mountain “NORTH” lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior

Bald Mountain “SOUTH” lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak)

Montreal River Gorge look out

Superior Falls Waterfall Complex.


11S (Wakefield, MI to Winchester, WI):

Overall Rating:  CLOSED.

Last Groomed 3/6/2020.  Significant brushing hazards on the southern end of the trail.  Increased logging traffic is in the area for only 1/4 mile,  PLEASE YIELD TO ANY AND ALL LOGGING TRAFFIC.  There is a short section of dual use the landowner (Keweenaw Land) has graciously approved us to use along with them.  It is private land and we are guests, please act like it.


11N (Wakefield, MI to South boundary Rd/White Pine):  Closed due to off trail riding.  Seeking local community support with ideas on how to reopen it.  200 yards of private property closed this 25 mile trail.

Poor Trail Complaint