Please use caution while riding you will encounter so wet spots and icy spots. We need more snow. Please stay on marked trails riding on unmarked trails can result in the clubs losing easement for the trails. Please be respectful.
Early season riding…
Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report
Trail conditions are poor. We need more snow.
Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US 2 Crossing is in poor to fair condition it was last groomed on 1/2/2021
Trail 2 from Ramsay to Wakefield is poor it was last groomed 1/2/2021
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marensico is poor to fair last groomed 1/3/2021
Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing is poor to fair last groomed 12/26/2020
Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI) is poor to fair last groomed 12/28/2020
Trail 11S last groomed 1/2/2021
Please yield to any and all logging traffic, they have the right of way.
Please stay on marked trails!!!!
Gogebic Area Groomers Report 12/29/2020
Groomers have been out. Trail 8 East from Bergland to Ewen has been groomed, Trail 13 North towards Rockland and 13 South has been groomed. Trail 1 from Bergland to White Pine is groomed and 102N and 1 South are being groomed now. There are many wet spots starting to show, but freezing up with the cold temps. We need more snow. 8 West will be broke tomorrow.
U.P. Thunder Riders Trail Report 1/1/2021
It’s OFFICIAL. SNOWMOBILE TRAILS OPEN ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 1 AT 8AM!
WEATHER UPDATE via US National Weather Service Marquette Michigan - With meteorological summer underway, here’s a look back at how the 2020-2021 snowfall season stacked up across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The snow season certainly didn’t stack up to U.P. standards as snowfall ranged from roughly 20 to as much as around 80 inches below the long term average. The greatest departures occurred in some areas within the Lake Superior snowbelts. The last winter that had a poor snow showing on par with what occurred this past winter was 2011-2012. You can view past snow seasons back to 2002-2003 at www.weather.gov/mqt/seasonsnowfallmaps #miweather #keweenaw#westernup#marquette#munising #seney #newberry #soo ... See MoreSee Less
IRONWOOD / WESTERN U.P. UPDATE via Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club - Someone forgot to tell Jerry you need snow to groom trails! Beautiful day here in Ironwood, MI!! ... #ironwood#westernup... See MoreSee Less
IRONWOOD / WESTERN U.P. UPDATE via Gogebic Range Trail Authority - ORV & Snowmobile Club - Calling all members, volunteers this Saturday at 9:00 am to help with clean up on trail 2 from Ramsey to Hurley. We will supply gloves and garbage bags, trailers to pull behind side by sides or ATVs. We encourage all enthusiasts that ride the trails to come up out and help. We will be starting from the groomer Barn in Bessemer and working our way. For more information contact Jerry "Nezzy" Nezworski at 906-285-0753 or go to the club's facebook page.... #ironwood#westernup... See MoreSee Less
WEATHER UPDATE via US National Weather Service Marquette Michigan - Snow is sticking on the grassy surfaces over the south-central and western sections of the U.P. this evening. The transition to snow will continue north and east tonight. Expect some slippery roads overnight into Sunday morning... #MIWeather#keweenaw#westernupSnow is sticking on the grassy surfaces over the south-central and western sections of the U.P. this evening. The transition to snow will continue north and east tonight. Expect some slippery roads overnight into Sunday morning. ... See MoreSee Less
Gogebic Range Trail Authority – Snowmobile & ORV Club Trail Report
• Trail Condition: Poor
• Last Groomed: March 13th, 2020
• Base Snowfall: 24″
• Reported On: March 18th, 2020 @ 9:30am
Wednesday 3/18/2020 9:00 am CST Overall Story: Poor
Trails are hazardous with slush ponds and pools as well as “rotting snow bridges” as the Hurley White Thunder Riders put it so well. We have not groomed in 10 days. Brushing activities have been on-going in wet areas to use the snow pack while we can. Riding is limited, most clubs except Keweenaw Snow Trails has quit grooming. Last weekend a neighboring club was swallowed by a hidden slush lake under the snow. There is fresh snow being called for and awfully enough rain for 12 hours before it. We will be out riding evaluating trails to see what can be groomed, if anything.
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. CLICK THIS LINK FOR MAPS, scroll down to motor vehicle use maps.
Trail 2 from Hurley to Ramsay US-2 Crossing:
Overall rating: Fair
Last groomed 3/7/2020. 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: Fair to Poor
Last groomed 3/7/2020. There is a water hazard near Blackjack. Trail is icy.
Trail 2 from Wakefield to Marenisco:
Overall Rating: Fair
Last groomed 3/6/2020. Water Hazard west of 2/8 intersection.
Trail 8 from Wakefield to Tula Crossing:
Overall Rating: Fair **SEE NOTE
Last Groomed 3/6/2020. The ditch trail on Gogebic Area Grooming’s side has had the water holes open up, it is impassable. We do not advise riding this trail unless you are a highly experienced technical rider with a long track.
Trail 160 from Walmart to Montreal River (WI):
Overall Rating: Fair
Last Groomed 3/6/2020. There is logging about 1/2 way north on the trail, YIELD TO LOGGERS AND GIVE THEM RESPECT – IT’S THEIR LAND! STAY ON THE TRAIL!!!!!! This is our most scenic trail and is 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. There are several scenic vistas on the trail:
Bald Mountain “NORTH” lookout viewing Madeline Island/ mouth of the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior
Bald Mountain “SOUTH” lookout viewing Gogebic Range (Powderhorn, Copper Peak)
Montreal River Gorge look out
Superior Falls Waterfall Complex.
11S (Wakefield, MI to Winchester, WI):
Overall Rating: Good
Last Groomed 3/6/2020. Increased logging traffic is in the area for only 1/4 mile, 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.
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.
. Gogebic Area Groomers Report 3/03/2020
• Trail Condition: Good
• Last Groomed: February 18th, 2020
• Base Snowfall: 36+”
• Reported On: March 03rd, 2020 @ 10:14am
March 2, 2020
Conditions in the Lake Gogebic Area remain good on the North end and fair to good on the South end of the Lake to the Wisconsin border. It’s currently 28 degrees and snowing and we’re forecasted for more snow this week. Snowfall this year is in excess of 140” and our trails still have a great base. Groomers will be out nightly when temps are below freezing. Riders are reporting good conditions and recommend to just ride early and plan your stop accordingly. Mother Nature is not done with this season just yet and you know what they say when March comes in like a lamb….
• Trail # 1N: from Bergland to White Pine is being groomed nightly and reported to be in good condition.
• Trail # 1 South: Towards Marenisco from Trail # 8 (Ethelwood Grade) is being groomed nightly and is reported to be in good condition.
• Trail # 1 south from Marenisco to Wisconsin Border is getting thin and reported to be in fair condition.
• Trail # 8 East from Bergland to Ewen is being groomed daily and it is reported in good condition.
• Trail # 8W: from Bergland to Wakefield. is being groomed nightly and it is reported to be in good condition.
• Trail 102 from Bergland to Trail #11 is being groomed nightly and it is reported to be in good condition.
• Trail # 13 North from Bergland to 101 is being groomed nightly and it is being reported to be in good condition. There is about 1 mile of logging going on and this trail always gets a lot of traffic.
• Trail 13 South is open, being groomed nightly and reported to be in good to Good condition.
• Trail #13 South from 100 to Trail # 2 is reported to be groomed daily and is in good to fair condition.
• Trail # 100 South end of Lake Gogebic is reported be groomed daily and is in good to Good condition.
Please stay on the trails, respect private property, do not drink and drive, and above all else, drive safely.
U.P. Thunder Riders Trail Report 3/6/2020
• Trail Condition: Fair
• Last Groomed: March 03rd, 2020
• Base Snowfall: 20″
• Reported On: March 03rd, 2020 @ 6:53pm
Groomers were out on the trails March 2 and won’t be out again until we receive more snow. We do have an approaching snow storm headed our way and we’ve seen from guesstimate of 3-8inches so we’ll wait and see
Trails are fair to poor. Road areas are now thin, icy and bare. Gas stations are bare too
Trail #2 east of Watersmeet to Trail #107, fair/poor icy
Trail #2 west of Watersmeet to Trail #1 south fair/poor and icy
Trail #3 from the Wisconsin border to Watersmeet is OK, Watersmeet to Paulding fair with icy corners.
Trail #13 south to Cisco Chain, fair with icy corners
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A couple of good ole boys out kicking off the sledding signing season today! Charlie, Joe and Greg got out after it today on 160 starting a 27 mile long process. Join a club and come have fun! We've been making trails for guests to enjoy since 1973! Shout out to Sponsor AmericInn Hotel Ironwood MI for supporting our club! ... See MoreSee Less
Hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend! Here's an image of the always incredible Bond Falls - at night!
Astrophotography is a never-ending journey into the unseen. We have fantastic tools at our disposal now to take a peek into the world beyond our eyesight limitations. That's what draws me to this.. and what drives me to experiment more and keep pushing boundaries.
For this shot - I took (4) 2-minute tracked sky images and stacked them. Then processed them in a program designed for deep sky objects taken with a telescope. This would be the equivalent to 8-minutes of data. What was able to be extracted from this was quite amazing to me. Those faint dust lanes on the outer edges of the Milky Way are now visible. I then took this processed shot and blended that with a long exposure shot of the foreground.
So the big question - is this real? Yes, it absolutely is. This can be done with one single exposure, if you wish. You just won't see this amount of detail or sharpness in the foreground. All of the images used to create this were taken from the same night, on the same tripod, without moving it 🙂
Michigan's Upper Peninsula Upper Michigan Source- Photo of the Day ... See MoreSee Less
Our trail project is completed for trail 8 north of Bergland. We ask people to please stay off with ATV’s and Side by Sides. The trail now is crowned to let water run on the edges of the trail instead of the center. More project to be completed very soon. Those leaves are changing color already😉 ... See MoreSee Less
Finally getting some trail work done with this Covid set back. This is trail 8 between Trail 1 and 102. This was a bad trail that water run off would cause dangerous trail conditions. With the trail now crowned and ditched with culverts, we should have a much safer trail. Think snow ❄️ ... See MoreSee Less