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Norway Ridge Trail Run – Cancelled !

DorkNecklacea__75927.1278189712.430.430TBTALogoThis event has been Cancelled on 4/26 due to the Trial conditions. There’s still too much snow pack and ice on main portions of the trail and water. We “may” reschedule later but that is unknown as of now. Thank you !!

2014 Ales For Trails

The annual 2014 Ales for Trails is almost here !  Thunder Bay Trails will be accepting donations, running a membership drive, viewing a U.P. Fatbiking documentary (20min), playing games, easter egg hunt. Along with prize giveaways, a dollar for each featured pint will be donated back to the club and there will be a special random prize draw if you ride your bicycle there.  Come out and join us !


Residents hear update on Alpena-to-Hillman trail

April 2, 2014
Jordan Travis – News Staff Writer The Alpena News

ALPENA – Thunder Bay Trails Association members and others heard about an idea to improve the Department of Natural Resources’ Alpena to Hillman trail Wednesday.

Emily Meyerson, a trails consultant with Top of Michigan Trails Council, talked about the plan and answered questions. The council, along with the DNR, originally had hoped to apply to the Natural Resources Trust Fund to pay for part of the project by Tuesday, but a few issues forced them to hold off for a year.

Thunder Bay Trails to Hear Guest Speaker

Thunder Bay Trails will host Emily Myerson at the April 2nd meeting.  She TBTALogowill speak about the proposal to upgrade the Alpena to Hillman Rails to Trails spur.

Myerson is the trial’s coordinator for the Michigan Trails Council.  She was instrumental in acquiring grant money to develop the Nest Trail which runs from Cheboygan to Alpena.

The April 2nd meeting will be held at 6pm in the Alpena Community College’s Center Building in Room 106.  The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome.

Relay For Life Alpena

Wayne Wire Cloth Products Relay For Life Team is looking for those who American_Cancer_Society_Relay_For_Lifewould like to participate in this years event at the Alpena Fair Grounds.

Further information can be found here:

Please join them in their fight against cancer by joining the team.

Hubbard Lake Triathlon

August 2, 2014hlt small logo
North End Park
Hubbard Lake, MI

This event is for the adventurous, Michigan-loving athletes. Located in Northeast, Michigan on Hubbard Lake, this event offers a view and race experience like no other. Hubbard Lake being the 4th largest shoreline distance lake in Michigan offers a beautiful, unforgettable view for the entire event. This event offers an Olympic and sprint distance triathlon, with relay options and of course the Hubbard Lake Cycling Road Race.

New Accurate Trail Map at Norway Ridge

This new sign has a queue for those tech savvy skiers and hikers. As well as !cid__I1393693307accurate mileage for each trail.

Fat Bike Shredfest

MARCH 14-16, 2014 Mountain Bking
Friday March 14th:
XC SKI Trails open to Fat Bikes from 4pm-9pm (Trail Passes $5)
Registration for Fat Bike Races 4pm-9pm
($50 Race Registration includes Friday-Sunday Trail Pass)
Saturday March 15th:
Fat Bike Race Registration 9:00am-1:30pm ($50)
10:00 am Open MEN Race (4x 5mile course) Overall Award
12:30 pm Sport MEN Race (3x 5mile course) Overall Award
2:00 pm Women & Beginner Men (2x 5 mile Course)

Sunday March 16th:
XC SKI Trails open to Fat Bikes from 11am-5pm ($5 Trail Pass)
For More Information Contact: Justin Andre 989-348-9266 or Email:

Download the flyer

Snow Emergencies Being Declared

Winter Weather Advisory goes into effect at 4 p.m. Monday and lasts until 4 a.m. Tuesday. Snow will arrive mid to late afternoon and pick up in intensity this evening, before tapering off shortly after midnight.

Michigan Weather Watcher - Michigan, here we go again.  This is the updated forecasted snow totals as of 1PM.  Gas up those snow blowers.  Ready those shovels.  But most of all stay safe if you need to be on the roads.

Thunder Bay Trails Association Newsletter Jan 2014

18173_280513294292_3354675_nDownload the Thunder Bay Trails Association Newsletter for the month January 2014

State Wide Trails Summit

Implementing Michigan’s Comprehensive Trail Planssummit

TUESDAY, January 21, 2014

Grand Traverse Resort, ACME, MICHIGAN

Purpose of the day:
To identify priorities and three actions by trail user type for their work over the next five years. To identify collaborative priorities and establish three actions to be addressed collaboratively among all
trail user types over the next five years.

Download the Summit pdf

TBTA asks for trail courtesy

January 10, 2014 Jordan Travis – News Staff Writer

The Alpena News

If you go to Norway Ridge or Chippewa Hills pathways this winter, the Thunder Bay Trails Association has just one favor to ask: leave the groomed ski tracks for the cross country skiers.

The association’s groomer leaves a pair of parallel grooves in the snowy paths, one for each ski. But hikers and snowshoers have been repeatedly trampling these twin ruts, ruining hours of volunteer work by association members, volunteer groomer Ron Anderson said.

There are signs asking other trail users to be courteous, but there’s no rule or law preventing people from walking on these groomed ski tracks, Department of Natural Resources Unit Supervisor Eric Ostrander said. He’s based at Harrisville State Park and manages the two pathways. Nevertheless, he’s asking hikers and other trail users to be courteous.

“It takes (TBTA) a lot of time and cost to set these groomed paths,” he said.

That cost isn’t being covered by the Department of Natural Resources, Ostrander said. Instead, the TBTA is paying to fuel the snowmobile it uses to drag the groomer, and its own members are volunteering to groom the trails.

“It disappoints (the groomers) that within a day, they’ll go back out there and the groomed path has been knocked back down,” he said.

Ostrander and Anderson aren’t the only two frustrated by people trampling the ski tracks. Gretchen Kruse also has her concerns. She’s a frequent visitor to Norway Ridge and often sees the damage other users do to the ski tracks.

“I wish people could just be considerate,” she said. “Now that they have one track instead of two, there’s plenty of room to walk.”

Kruse likely wouldn’t go to Norway Ridge if it weren’t for the groomed trails, she said. The groomed tracks are packed fairly well, and when they’ve been damaged it can be difficult to ski in them.

But don’t get the impression Ostrander doesn’t want hikers, snowshoers and other users on the trails. It’s quite the opposite: Both he and Anderson, along with other TBTA members, are pleased to see how popular the trails are, and Anderson recalled talking to one visitor who comes up every winter from Lansing to use the area trails.

Rather, Ostrander and TBTA members want other users to keep to one side. The groomer leaves one pair of ruts on one side of the trail, and other users should have enough room to avoid the ski tracks without having to walk in deep snow.

Anderson said the TBTA runs on donations and membership dues. Those interested in donating or getting involved can visit the website:

Employees at P.H. Hoeft State Park are hearing similar complaints about footprints in the groomed ski tracks, Karen Schulte, administrative support, said. The park now has its own groomer to maintain paths in its own park, as well as at Thompson’s Harbor State Park and Ocqueoc Falls. Unlike the ski trails maintained by TBTA, these three in Presque Isle County are being paid for with DNR money out of Hoeft State Park’s budget.

Those who want to support grooming operations at these locations can do so by donating at drop pipes or the Hoeft park office, Schulte said. Donors can look for the yellow envelopes near the drop pipe and check the box designating how they want their donations used.

“If they say, ‘We want this $20 to go to trails, for maintenance of trails for future sking,’ that’s exactly where we’re going to put it,” she said. “We set up accounts through the Lansing office for us. It’s not going to go to any other state park, or for new filing cabinets in Lansing. It’s going to stay here for that.”

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