Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report

  • Trail Condition: Excellent
  • Last Groomed: February 15th, 2019
  • Base Snowfall: 36+"
  • Reported On: February 15th, 2019 @ 9:06am

Groomer Report

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Overall Story:

Friday 2/15 9:00am CST:  Well the snow just keeps a’coming we feel we received about 12-14″ Tuesday this week, which is on top of receiving 12-20″ of snow last week.  LAST NIGHT we saw another 5-10″ of Lake Effect.  We did have a groomer go down last night, our beloved Tucker.  We’re working to understand scope of issue ASAP and potentially haul off for 911 service/repair.  Groomers will be running during the day time to get the snow/drifts and road crossings back into safe shape so please ride cautiously.  We groomed all day and night yesterday but from 11pm to 6am we received several inches of snow that has drifted across fresh groomed trails.  Trail are in the best shape that they have been in for the last several years! We are aware just east of trail 1 to Presque Isle, WI just east of Marenisco is a large water hazard.  Please ride slow, it is just east of the Presque Isle intersection!  PLEASE STOP AT ALL STOP SIGNS, we have heard of log truck versus snowmobile accidents last Friday that cannot happen!!  Trail conditions are the best shape that they have been in since 2015.  Pipelines and power lines are NOT public land!    Please remember to ride RIGHT, ride TOGETHER, ride SOBER and only off-trail ride where you 100% know it is legal KNOW before you GO.  Please keep speeds and noise low through towns.  This is our 3rd year operating 100% all volunteer grooming staff and with your membership we can continue to do so.  Buy online via link above, click pay with paypal and then you can click to process as a guest with your credit or debit card.  Thank you!!!

BASE SNOW FALL:  This is current ground snow depth.

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Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:

Overall rating:  EXCELLENT

Last groomed 2/14/19.    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:  EXCELLENT

Last groomed 2/14/19.   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: EXCELLENT

Last groomed 2/12/19.  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.  Last week an accident occurred with a log truck.  Stop at the stop signs!!


Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:

Overall Rating:  EXCELLENT

Last groomed 2/13/19.  This trail is one of the most heavily traveled trails on our system, but we do groom it daily.  Fast and wide trail as it is an unplowed county road we use.  It’s a super highway!  Please note Bingo’s is closed and has no gas, travel into Wakefield (1.5mi) and visit our sponsor Holiday for fuel, food and 24-hour trail permits!  This trail will be groomed this evening.


Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):

Overall Rating:  EXCELLENT

Last groomed 2/10/19, attempting to groom today 2/13.   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:  EXCELLENT

Last Groomed 2/12/19 all the way to the Wisconsin line!  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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