Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Excellent
  • Last Groomed: January 17th, 2020
  • Base Snowfall: 36"
  • Reported On: January 17th, 2020 @ 8:05am

Groomer Report

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Overall Story:  VERY GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Friday 1/17 8:30 am CST:   -20 below zero last night!  We are down one groomer but this crew embraces challenges, our Tucker has been on the trails for 24 hours straight and will wind up grooming nearly 30 hours straight before it’s inside for a quick thaw today before trails are groomed tonight through Sunday.  Trails are in fantastic shape!!  December 2018 we groomed 800 miles.  December of 2019 we groomed almost 2,500 miles, woofta!  We continue to receive an inch or so of snow every other day since last week.

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.

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:  EXCELLENT

Last groomed 1/16/2020.    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:  GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last groomed 1/16/2020.  The entire stretch is in excellent condition!  Featuring a brand new section to enjoy this season, the club eliminated Prospect road route and moved the trail completely into the woods eliminating 1.5 miles of road route.  PLEASE STAY ON THE TRAIL AND RESPECT THESE LANDOWNERS!

 

Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:

Overall Rating:  GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last groomed 1/17/2020.  There is logging 4 miles east of Wakefield.  Please yield to logging traffic, they are working and you are playing!

 

Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:

Overall Rating: GOOD TO EXCELLENT

Last Groomed 1/17.  There is a new traffic pattern on the northern end due to a plowed section.  Please follow the new route for the remainder of this season.

 

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  EXCELLENT

Last Groomed 1/16.  There is logging about 1/2 way north on the trail, YIELD TO LOGGERS AND GIVE THEM RESPECT – IT’S THEIR LAND!  All detours now fixed and trail 100% open!  STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!!!   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 1/13, planned for tonight 1/17.  A couple icy areas remain rough due to freezing the trail in.  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.  THANK YOU to all the people who have helped brush this trail!  You made our groomer operators day twice over by helping brush the trail for us.  This is what makes snowmobiling great!!

 

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