Michigan Trail Report


Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 02/08

We received 10-16″ of snow yesterday and through the night. Temps for the weekend will be in the teens with lows in the single digits.

THE GOGEBIC RANGE TRAIL AUTHORITY reports groomers will be out today getting the trails in shape. If you see a groomer please pull over and let them pass.

Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay Crossing is very good was last groomed 2/7/19. Please do not ride on sidewalks near Holiday and try to keep the noise down in town.

Trail 2 from Ramsay Crossing to Wakefield is good was last groomed 2/8/19. PLEASE REMEBER TO CROSS US HWY 2 IN THE CORRECT LANE OF TRAVEL, DO NOT BLOCK HWY TURN LANES!

Wakefield to Marenisco is very good was lasted groomed 2/8/19. Logger had plowed 3 miles east of Wakefield but as of last weekend they seem to have stopped plowing. Groomers did groom a path through the Great Lakes Road high-line swamp, but be advised off-groomed surfaces will be wet. Groomers have been able to go across due to our cold weather. YEILD TO LOGGING OPERATIONS!!!

Trail 8 from Bingos to Tula Crossing is very good and groomed daily. Bingo’s is closed and has no gas….

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI) is very good last groomed 2/5/19. This is their most scenic trail and 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.

Trail 11S is in very good condition it was last groomed 2/6/19. It is groomed all the way to the WI line. This 17 mile long trail has 2 stop signs and is a wilderness tour. The southern 3 miles get thinner, but remains in good condition.

Trail 11 N is closed indefinitely.

THE GOGEBIC AREA GROOMERS Trail Conditions are good to very good.
Last report was 2/4/19.

Trail 1 North is very good.

Trail 1 South-Remember there is a re-route from the North corner of the lake to West Shore Resort.

Conditions are great from there to Marenisco.
Trail 1/8 Corridor is very good
Trail 8 West Good to very good
Trail 8 East: Good – thin toward Ewen
Trail 13 N & S: Good to very good.
Trail 102 is very good.
Trail 100 is closed to Logging this season.

WATERSMEET U.P. THUNDER RIDERS report trails were last groomed on 2/7/19. Trails are groomed daily and are in good to very good condition. We do have a wet area 25 miles west of Watersmeet on Trail #2 so please use caution.

Trail 2 west of Watersmeet – Very good condition with the exception of a wet area 25 miles west of Watersmeet on Trail #2 so please use caution.

Trail 2 east of Watersmeet- Very good condition.

Trail 13 south to Cisco Chain- Very good condition.

Trail 3 south to Land O’Lakes- Very good condition. There is lots of traffic on this trail 100+ sleds are passing the groomer. It’s very hard to keep smooth, use caution on bridge approaches.

Trail 3 north to Paulding/Bond Falls/Bruce Crossing- Very good condition.

PLEASE STAY ON MARKED TRAILS. RUNNING ON UNMARKED TRAILS CAN RESULT IN LOSING EASMENT OF THE TRAILS AND ALSO A POSSIBLE TICKET FOR YOU.

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Postings From Regional Pages On Facebook

Wednesday July 17th, 2019 - 1:35 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

Thank you to Dutch's Old Bar in Marenisco for hosting our club meeting last night. It was obviously a very tear filled meeting with the recent loss of our beloved trustee, ORV Safety Instructor, groomer operator trainer & 2018 Groomer of the Year recipient Calvin Kangas. We've had our meetings at many of our Sponsor's locations but Candice, Maggie & Crystal went all out for us; Thank you!!!! Nan was out of town with Grand kids and Bill was busy prepping for the Softball Tournament this weekend. Regardless, get your butts in there and have some pizza and enjoy a great bar that supports our area trails. Thank you Bill & Nan! 😍💓 ... See MoreSee Less

Thank you to Dutchs Old Bar in Marenisco for hosting our club meeting last night.  It was obviously a very tear filled meeting with the recent loss of our beloved trustee, ORV Safety Instructor, groomer operator trainer & 2018 Groomer of the Year recipient Calvin Kangas.  Weve had our meetings at many of our Sponsors locations but Candice, Maggie & Crystal went all out for us; Thank you!!!!  Nan was out of town with Grand kids and Bill was busy prepping for the Softball Tournament this weekend.  Regardless, get your butts in there and have some pizza and enjoy a great bar that supports our area trails.  Thank you Bill & Nan!  😍💓Image attachment

 

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Awesome people and atmosphere at Bill & Nan's Dutch's Old Bar. Always a stop anytime we are in the area.

Tuesday July 16th, 2019 - 11:15 pm

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

This isn't a snowmobile or ORV club post about our trials, tribulations or injustices; this is a post of reverence, sincerity and compassionate thanks - please read. The world lost an incredible human yesterday when we lost Calvin Kangas, GRTA trustee 2017-2019, to a heart condition while he was volunteering his time fixing hiking trails in the Porcupine Mountains. Calvin was a devoted humanitarian as displayed by his far reaching volunteerism for the many organizations he and his beautiful wife Susan supported. He always said, "Superman should be replaced with a "V" for volunteering because that is what makes communities great". Calvin joined the GRTA in January 2017 after showing up to our plea for help to groom our snowmobile trails. Little did I realize we were gaining a tremendous and accomplishing force of Yooper-man cloaked in flannel, KBC and Stormy Kromer. Every single time I had a stranger answer our call for help to groom trails I passed them to Calvin and he would make himself available to train them - mostly 7pm-2am. He would breathe dignity, compassion and logic into every situation we encountered coaching me all the way subliminally to make the right call. He always did 120% of what was asked and did it with the biggest Upper Peninsula smile you ever saw. The man drenched every room in positivity and warmth the likes I have never experienced. He passed on doing what he loved the most - creating public access to the beauty that is the Upper Peninsula. He bridged gaps between motorized and non-motorized groups over the basic principle that we are all here to appreciate mother earth's beauty. What he taught me most was to live your life the way you want, have FUN(!!), and SEW THE THIRST FOR MORE ONTO OTHERS. He left us far too soon doing exactly what he loved - volunteering on trails. Stay tuned for information on how you can pay homage to Calvin Kangas's legacy. This isn't about anything other than giving a damn about your community - which is what we feel Calvin's legacy is all about. Our heart is broken for now, but your spirit and legacy will love on through us. Thank you - Steve #onelife #calvinkangas #forevergrateful #volunteer #volunteerism #upperpeninsula #ewenmi #ironwoodmi ... See MoreSee Less

 

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He had to be one of the best men I ever met. and he brought so much joy to everyone he knew. I'll never forget the math classes we shared--his humor kept us going. Sorry to hear of his passing. Til we meet again. A Classmate at E-TC.

How blessed I was to have Calvin for an uncle. He inspired me by his positivity and love of nature and people. What a beautiful tribute this is. 🌲Scott Vaughan

Our sympathies to Susan, Judy and family. Soar with the angels Calvin, you have earned your wings.

I did not know Cal for very long at all, having recently moved here. Met him through the Ni-Miikanaake Chapter: North Country Trail, and his enthusiasm and volunteer spirit was very evident in everything about him. He was a good and kind person, and he always asked me about mutual friends and made me feel welcome in a group where I was mostly a stranger. This past weekend the group held a hike and prior to departing, he spoke eloquently to the folks gathered about the North Country Trail, it’s purpose, our goals, and the need for fresh volunteers to take the reins and help make those goals a reality. I’ll remember that forever. If all of us capture and exemplify the same vigor and spirit as Calvin Kangas, those goals will become reality. Let’s do it.

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of a great guy, husband, volunteer, and fellow dog lover. Susan, please call if you need anything.

Tim and I are very shocked and saddened by your loss of Calvin. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, his family and all that had the opportunity to meet and know Calvin. God Bless. Tim and Sarah Long

Heroes don't always wear a uniform. Thank you Calvin for everything you've done. We were blessed to have you in our community.

Here, here, I will miss you just like all the others, may I try to fill your shoes, Gods speed my friend. 🙄

May God give Susan the strength to bear her loss.

gone to soon but not forgotten...

How blessed our community was to have such an amazing person give so selflessly for the greater good. Thank you for capturing so eloquently Calvin’s spirit of volunteerism, Steve. Peace and prayers to his family and friends 🙏🏻

Susan,Judy and the rest of the family,you all have our deepest sympathy!!! We are heartbroken😥😥 You have lost a loving and caring person!!! Rest In Peace,Calvin!! We love you and will miss you!!❤️😥

Wonderful guy, will be missed greatly.

Deepest sympathies to Calvin’s family and friends.

RIP sir. Thank you for your servants heart. Prayers to his whole family, club, friends.

Wonderful tribute and well spoken thoughts. A great legacy. So sorry Susan for your loss.

A beautiful tribute. Our sympathies to Susan and family💔

Shocking news. He was one of the nicest people I know

So sad. Such a great person,great volunteer. Prayers to his family.

Heart broken, RIP Calvin you will be missed by all who knew you. Prayers to family and friends!

So sad. Sorry for your loss, Susan. He was a wonderful guy. He will truly be missed.

You all have my deepest condolences . 😔

RIP Calvin. You gave so much to many organizations. The GTRA tribute on FB sets a public service goal for us all. Thank you Calvin, and Susan too.

Sad to hear. He graduated with my brother and i remember him being such a kind and gentle soul! R.I.P.

So sorry to hear this !! He was a great guy !!! Always smiling & fun - was so proud of me & my growth - I’ll sure miss him 😭🙏. RIP Cal 💔

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Tuesday July 16th, 2019 - 10:05 am

Western U.P. Visitors Bureau

After the Storm photo taken at Sunday Lake on 7/15/19 (photo credit: Jennifer LaMaide) ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Amazing photo!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday July 16th, 2019 - 9:11 am

Western U.P. Visitors Bureau

More shots of Monday's sunset over Sunday Lake. (photo credit: J. Laessig) ... See MoreSee Less

The second ORV Safety Education Course held by GRTA this year was this past Saturday at the Gogebic Community College. 11 participants were awarded their ORV safety certificates! We owe a big THANK YOU to Jennifer Hanson from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jessie Yesney from Gogebic County Sheriff's Office (he also owns Antonio's Bergland, MI!) for their help in leading major sections of the course. The course was led by Deborah Fergus and supported by club trustee's Joe Rundell and Bill Lafond, THANK YOU!! To date GRTA has certified 78 people with their MDNR safety certificates and a fall class is being planned. Get involved, ride safe, ride sober and set a good example!!! #dogoodfeelgood ... See MoreSee Less

The second ORV Safety Education Course held by GRTA this year was this past Saturday at the Gogebic Community College.  11 participants were awarded their ORV safety certificates!  We owe a big THANK YOU to Jennifer Hanson from Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Jessie Yesney from Gogebic County Sheriffs Office (he also owns Antonios Bergland, MI!) for their help in leading major sections of the course.  The course was led by Deborah Fergus and supported by club trustees Joe Rundell and Bill Lafond, THANK YOU!! To date GRTA has certified 78 people with their MDNR safety certificates and a fall class is being planned.  Get involved, ride safe, ride sober and set a good example!!! #dogoodfeelgood

Sunday July 14th, 2019 - 12:01 pm

Western U.P. Visitors Bureau

The 126 foot long Siemens Truss Bridge was built in 1896 by the Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Company of Milwaukee. It is one of many historic bridges that is now part of the MI Iron Belle Trail. Snowmobile Trail 2 passes underneath just west of Bessemer, Michigan. ... See MoreSee Less

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