The North Country Trail is America's longest National Scenic Trail stretching 4,600 miles from New York to North Dakota linking 7 states, 10 National Forests, and more than 150 public lands providing year around recreational opportunities. In Michigan, there are about 1,150 miles of the NCT; about 750 in Lower Michigan and 450 Miles of NCT in the Upper Peninsula. The Peter Wolfe Chapter has about 120 miles of trail stretching from M64 in the West, to East of US41 at Long Lake near the Craig Lake Forest.


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We would like to encourage all trail users, both hikers and volunteers
 to join the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail!
Click here to Join!

Please click here to report your volunteer hours directly to NCTA! Hours are collected by NCTA HQ.

See our Facebook page for the schedule
of PWC events!

Our next PWC Board meeting is Thursday August 18th at 7pm at the Nara Chalet in Houghton.
All are welcome!

The Peter Wolfe Chapter will be having monthly hikes during 2016 for folks to Hike the 100 Mile Challenge!

We would like to invite you all to come join us!! 
See our Facebook page for the schedule of PWC events!

We would like to encourage all trail users, both hikers and volunteers, to fill out this medical form and carry it in your personal pack while hiking:
Emergency Medical Information Form
- Fill out and print; or print and fill out by hand.

Some PWC Trail issues of Note:

* There are sections of our trail that have been marked for logging. The trees that are marked to be cut have been painted with the exact same blue color as the NCT Blue Blazes!! (usually several diagonal stripes per tree) So be very careful to look for the 2 inch by 6 inch vertical paint or plastic blazes (or the old blue plastic triangle blazes)! We have done our best to make the trail obvious when we have found these tree markings this season, but there may be some places we have not discovered yet.

Featured link: Options for winter hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing

2016 News and Events:
See our Facebook page for the schedule of PWC events!

2015 News and Events:

PWC board meetings on January 15, March 19, Annual Membership meeting May 7th, June 18,

The Peter Wolfe Chapter Annual General Membership meeting will be
Monday, May 7th at 7pm at the PLDL in Houghton
with guest speaker from Plum Creek Timberlands and annual election of board members..
Public Welcome!!
If you are interested in joining the PWC,
or serving on the Board of the chapter,
please contact us!!!

PWC work bee on the Tibbets Falls trail Saturday April 25th organized by Marj Krumm.

PWC snowshoe hike Saturday January 31 at O Kun de Kun Falls, 2pm EST, hike leader Jason Oles of the Ottawa NF. Poster

The public is invited to join the Peter Wolfe Chapter for a snowshoe hike on the NCT on Saturday, January 31st. Meet at the O Kun de Kun Falls trailhead at 2pm EST. The trailhead is on the east side of US45, halfway between Rockland, Mi and Bruce Crossing, 6 miles south of M26. This is about a 3.5 mile round trip snowshoe to see two beautiful frozen water falls and a spectacular suspension bridge over the Baltimore River.
This is on PWC segment 22.
Google map here!
A high resolution copy of this hike poster for printing.
Bring water, snack and your friends!

We will have our PWC spring quarter board meeting on Thursday, March 19, starting at 6pm in the Nara Chalet, on US41 south of Michigan Tech Univ in Houghton.   All are welcome!

The Peter Wolfe Chapter
Annual General Membership meeting will be
Monday, May 7th at 7pm at the Portage Lake District Library
on the waterfront in Houghton with guest speakers from Plum Creek Timberlands where we hope to build new trail going east,
and our annual election of new board members.
So this is an important meeting for all members to attend
and hopefully find a fun project to get active with!
Public Welcome!!
If you are interested in joining the PWC,
or serving on the Board of the chapter, please come or
please contact us!!!

Sunday Sept 20, 1pm EDT: A PWC public hike on PWC segment 44-46, Tibbets Falls hike on State Land lead by Marge Krumm and Connie Sherry. This is in recognition of Michigan Trails Week ! Directions: Drive 9 miles south of L'Anse on US41, turn West on Baraga Plains road, drive 6 miles west then turn South on Baraga Plains road, drive 4.5 miles south, stop in NCT Trailhead Parking before the bridge. It is at the intersection of a 2-track and Plains Road, 3.4 miles north of M-28. Poster here Bring your Friends!

Saturday Sept 26, 9am-2pm EDT: Trail WORK day on PWC segment 22, O Kun de Kun Falls trail retread project lead by the Ottawa National Forest. This is National Public Lands Day for volunteer projects. The O Kun de Kun Trailhead is located approximately 7.5 miles north of Bruce Crossing, MI on the east side US Highway 45

      Sunday Sept 27, 1pm EDT: A PWC public hike and New Member Recruitment Day on PWC segment 13, Lookout Mtn near Victoria lead by Grant Fenner and Mark Roberts (Pair A Docs). This is a North Country National Scenic Trail Day hike! (one day later) Meet at the Old Victoria Restoration, 4 miles south of Rockland, to car pool to start point, join us for refreshments at Henry's Inn in Rockland after! Poster here Bring your Friends!

       Tuesday, Sept 29, 10am EDT: Hike the proposed PWC new connector trail east of Canyon Falls. Meet in the Canyon Falls trail head parking off US41, 10 miles south of L'Anse to carpool to start point of the hike lead by Connie Julien. Join the PWC board on this is rugged unmarked wet hike for adult volunteers willing to help evaluate a possible trail connector route. Bring water, lunch, sturdy boots, long pants, long sleeves and gloves for protection from very tall sharp vegetation and terrain. 

      Tentative Special PWC meeting late Sept/early Nov to discuss the evaluation of the proposed connector trail hiked on Sept 29th, so PLEASE take that hike to help us decide if that is the path we wish to follow east.

      Thursday, Nov 5th, 7pm EDT: PWC Board meeting at Nara Chalet south of Houghton. All welcome!


2014 News and Events:

2014 Board and Meeting Activities: 

PWC board meetings on January 28, March 6, April 17, June 19, July 29, October 16.

General Membership meeting on May 22.

Maintenance Comm meetings March 13, August 6, 

June 7 and July 13 PWC Volunteer Blaze training on seg 21 lead by Arlyn
PWC HIKES: June 8, July 19, Aug 17, Sept 27:

June 8 PWC Hike in the Big Lake area, seg 52 lead by Doug Welker

July 16 Doug organized a meeting with NCTA, NPS, ONF, DNR. (summary of that meeting emailed to board by Dan S. on July 26th)

July 17 Superior Watershed organized a meeting with NPS in Marquette about crews for trail work next season.

July 19 PWC hike in seg 35-36 lead by Marj Johnston

May 28 and August 19 NCTA organized phone conference with chapters officers/board invited by NCTA to participate.

August 17 PWC hike on seg 30 lead by Dan Schneider

August 18- work began on the O Kun de Kun Falls gravel tread work by ONF on the first 200 feet starting from the trailhead off US45.

August 31 MTU Student Volunteer Day on Segment 40

Sept 27 PWC Hike in the Norwich Mine area, seg 10 lead by Dan S with Dr. Patrick Martin of MTU

October 2014: The Fall colors are absolutely beautiful now from late September to mid October, so hopefully you can get out there and hike some of the NCT!! All of our trails will be beautiful this season! We especially recommend the Trap Hills hikes in the PWC! You can see forever from the highest cliffs in Michigan from the Trap Hills! Another beautiful view that was still in peak colors on Oct 12, is Lookout Mtn off the Victoria Road; see links on the left for more info.

We will have our PWC fall quarter board meeting on Thursday, October 16, starting at 6pm in the Nara Chalet, on US41 south of Michigan Tech Univ in Houghton. We will have a featured speaker at this meeting, Jeff McCusker, the NCT trail Manager with the National Park Service! Jeff's talk on trail maintenance will begin at 7pm following the board meeting. All are welcome!


Peter Wolfe
was the first to thru-walk
the NCT, finishing in 1980.

Peter later came back and made his home right here
near Mass City.

Annual Awards:

Congrats to PWC member Doug Welker for being awarded the
NCTA Lifetime Achievement Award!
PWC volunteers Jim Belote and Connie Julien were awarded the
NCTA Trail Maintainer Awards.
Steve Maass was awarded the
Chapter Honor award for 2015.
Congrats to all!

PWC members, William Lynch, Barbara Manger Lynch and the Lux Foundation
were awarded the Blue Blaze Benefactor award for 2014 for "demonstrating vision and generosity through significant monetary or in-kind contributions to the NCT or NCTA"!

They fully funded the
Matt and Luke Manger Lynch NCT Shelter
 on their property in the Eastern end of the Peter Wolfe Chapter trail and have made generous donations to the NCTA over the years.

Also in 2014:
 PWC member, Rolf Swanson, was given the
4,000 hour President's Lifetime Service Pin in recognition of "15 years of true dedication, exceptional service and outstanding contributions towards the dream of the NCT".
PWC member, Dan Schneider received our Chapter Honor Award for 2014 "for an individual who demonstrates loyalty, commitment and hard work annually to the local organization's chosen activities".
PWC member, Connie Julien was awarded the 400 hour Recognition NPS - NCTA shirt in 2014.

PWC member, Scott Holman was awarded the NCTA Outstanding Private Landowner of the Year Award for 2013. Scott was instrumental in allowing the NCT trail and Plumbago Creek bridge to be built on his property.

Scott received this award for exemplary cooperation with our chapter to provide a new and critical link in the NCT in Baraga County.  He not only allowed the trail to cross his land, but cut some trees on his land to help supply needed decking and stringers for a 156-ft. bridge.  More details are in the July-Sept. 2013 North Star.

PWC member, Linda Zimmer was awarded the Annual Chapter Honor Award in 2013 for joining in NCT work and gathering Baraga county people to help with the trails.

PWC member, Ted Soldan was awarded the Annual Chapter Honor Award in 2012 for he and Alice; who made numerous signs for the NCT Baraga Plains area and helped build and rebuild the Oren Krumm NCT shelter.


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