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Western U.P. Trail Report – Western U.P. Bureau – 01/03

Gogebic Range Trail Authority

• Trail Condition: Good
• Last Groomed: January 02nd, 2020
• Base Snowfall: 32″
• Reported On: January 02nd, 2020 @ 1:01pm

Overall Story:
Thursday 1/2 12:00 pm CST: We continue to groom a fantastic trail base with a lot of snow. There are water hazards across the system, we regretfully are back to “early season conditions.” That means trails will change dramatically & quickly. And that means riders need to ride easy and defensively! For the large spots we have made reroutes until the temps drop and trails firm completely back up. Smaller ones are easily navigated. All local clubs are working overtime to try and deal with the hazards as fast as possible, but please be patient. We’ve seen 100″+ of snow, 10 days of 30’s and 40’s with rain. We had immense snow depth which is why conditions remain so good, but also why the hazards are so tough to seal back up. Lake Gogebic Area is having more water issues causing them to spend more time fixing holes than grooming trails. Please be patient with our clubs! GOOD NEWS: TRAIL 11S HAS BEEN APPROVED TO REOPEN! We will send the groomer down it ASAP to get the freezing started!
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!
Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:
Overall rating: GOOD
Last groomed 1/1/2020. 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
Last groomed 1/2/2020. 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
Last groomed 1/1/2020. 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: CLOSED!
We hope to open it by the weekend. Gogebic Area Grooming

Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):
Overall Rating: OPEN – FAIR to GOOD
Open but with hazards and reroutes. 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: OPENING SOON!

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.

Gogebic Area Groomers 1/1/2020
Received over a foot of snow yesterday which would have been much more welcomed had it not been for the warmer temps that created open water areas. It’s still snowing with temps in the high teens which could drop to single digits later today. Let’s hope. Snow is in the forecast daily with a significant (12-24”) forecasted for Jan 4-9.
Currently:

• Trail 1 N has some wet spots.
• Trail 8 between Bergland and Wakefield is CLOSED due to water on the trail. Advised not to ride this trail at all until it freezes. If heading west, take the West shore to Marenisco.
• Trail 13 North: groomed last night.
• Trail 8W groomed last night.

Most of all the trails have some type of water issues. Groomers are out now in Marenisco seeing what needs to be fixed. Use extreme caution while our guys assess and fix. Snow cover is making is more difficult to see water areas. Everyone is doing all they can – please do your part and be smart when out riding.

U.P.Thunder Riders of Watersmeet 1/2/2020
Grooming daily and the trails are in very good condition, but we do have some water areas West of Watersmeet on Trail #2. Please ride with caution on this 30 mile stretch of trail. We are doing the best we can with these water areas, they are difficult to deal with.
Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Watersmeet very good condition, Watersmeet to Paulding good condition with 1 wet area that is passable, 2 logging project on this trail one north of Forest Rd 5250 (trail 150) and the other is north of Bond Falls Rd so please use caution and respect the loggers
Trail #2 west of Watersmeet, good condition but several wet areas, the worst wet area is in the Tunnel it is full of water about 8-12 inches it has a concrete bottom so you won’t get stuck .
Trail #2 east of Watersmeet to Trail #107, good condition
Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, good condition

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Thursday April 2nd, 2020 - 6:13 pm

U.P. Thunder Riders Snowmobile Club

Snowmobiling Season 2019-20 seems link it ended months ago not 2 days ago with all that's going on in our world right now.

We had a great season with some of the best conditions we've had in awhile. Then March came and the warmer temps ended our season March 3

We have a small but truly dedicated and hard-working team that spent countless hours to provide the best trails they could. Drivers and Trail Boss THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

And to all of you, thank you for your support and encouragement through the season is truly appreciated!

Thunder Riders always has projects going on throughout the year, and we encourage (need) you to get involved. We will be brushing trails throughout the Summer so let us know if you’d like to lend a hand, anytime at all! Just give us a shout right here!
Again thank you to everyone who played a part in making this season a successful!

Stay safe and well we look forward to seeing you all next year!
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Snowmobiling Season 2019-20 seems link it ended months ago not 2 days ago with all thats going on in our world right now.

We had a great season with some of the best conditions weve had in awhile. Then March came and the warmer temps ended our season March 3

We have a small but truly dedicated and hard-working team that spent countless hours to provide the best trails they could. Drivers and Trail Boss THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

And to all of you, thank you for your support and encouragement through the season is truly appreciated!

Thunder Riders always has projects going on throughout the year, and we encourage (need) you to get involved. We will be brushing trails throughout the Summer so let us know if you’d like to lend a hand, anytime at all! Just give us a shout right here!
Again thank you to everyone who played a part in making this season a successful!

Stay safe and well we look forward to seeing you all next year!

Comment on Facebook

Thanks for all you do awesome trails!!!

Thank you

We always appreciate your trails and your efforts!! I have some time in the winter to groom if you need some more help!!

Had another great season riding your amazing trails. Thanks for all your hard work!

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the trails.

Always awesome trails!

Thank you for the amazing trails this winter!

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Thursday April 2nd, 2020 - 11:33 am

U.P. Thunder Riders Snowmobile Club

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Wednesday April 1st, 2020 - 4:04 pm

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My vacation to Michigan for May had to be cancelled so I love seeing these pictures. 💔

Tuesday March 31st, 2020 - 11:27 am

Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club

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Friday March 27th, 2020 - 2:53 pm

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