Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Closed
  • Last Groomed: March 22nd, 2019
  • Base Snowfall: 36+"
  • Reported On: April 04th, 2019 @ 3:53pm

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Overall Story:

Monday 3/25 5:00pm CST:   Put a fork in it!  GRTA has officially wrapped up grooming for the 2019 season.  We groomed Friday night 3/22 and quit once the base froze back into an unworkable ice block.  There is PLENTY of snow to ride on, but making a solid trail ride loop is going to be difficult.  We suggest trailering to Wakefield to ride east.

WARNINGS AND NOTICES:   WATER HAZARDS ON MOST TRAILS.  BRUSHING/FALLEN BRUSH ON TRAILS FROM LATE SEASON BRUSHING.

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 3/22/19.    Please do not ride on side walks near Holiday and try to keep noise down in town.  The concrete road routes in Bessemer are pretty tough right now.

 

Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield:

Overall rating:  POOR/CLOSED

Last groomed 3/18/19.   Prospect road ditch trail has been removed by the county to allow proper water drainage, the 3/4 of a mile of concrete is not for the faint of heart.  We recommend trailering to Wakefield and catching the trail there.  There are water holes near Blackjack Ski Resort.  Be sure to stop and see Gabbro Falls by Blackjack ski hill, it is extremely impressive!  THERE IS A NEW TRAFFIC PATTERN riders need to follow to cross highway 2, see the below map.  Please travel slowly through this area and on this section of trail to Wakefield.  It is tight and twisty.

 

Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:

Overall Rating: GOOD

Last groomed 3/16/19.  There are water holes around the Wakefield area, a short reroute was made around one but the others are across the whole trail.  Ride extremely cautiously. There is tons of base yet on the trail!!  There is logging on the trail 10 miles east of Wakefield near Great Lakes Road/Dump Road intersections.  Please yield to logging crews!!  This trail is a mix of twisty but wide forest roads (13mi) and 12mi of rail bed to Marenisco. This beautiful trail is 12 miles of unplowed wide logging roads that wind their way through the Gogebic Range Hills before running 10 miles of rail-trail to Marenisco.  PLEASE STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS ON THE RAIL TRAIL!  There is a significant logging presence on FR-8100 with dozens of log trucks hauling out daily.

 

Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:

Overall Rating:  GOOD

Last groomed 3/22/19.  Tons of base left, water hazards at the 2/8 intersection!

 

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  FAIR

Last groomed 3/17/19.   Large water holes across trail and the road route sections are tough due to the bare concrete.  PLEASE stay on the trail through the farm fields.   This is our most scenic trail and is a treat to ride!  There are several scenic vistas on the trail such as Bald Mountain “NORTH” lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior,  the Bald Mountain “SOUTH” lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak), the Montreal River Gorge look out and finally the amazing Superior Falls Waterfall Complex.  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.

 

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

Overall Rating:  GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last Groomed 3/17/19.  The snow remains waist deep, but water holes are starting to open back up.  This 17 mile long scenic trail has 2 stop signs and is a wilderness tour.  It provides additional access to Lake Gogebic or Ironwood/Hurley depending on your route.   Thank you to the Presque Isle SnoBunnies Snowmobile club whom we groom to in Vilas county.  They have helped communicate conditions of this trail as it is one of the most distant ones from our grooming barn

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

 

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Poor Trail Complaint