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
Medical Information Form
- Fill out and print; or print
and fill out by hand.
click here to report your volunteer hours!
Mining History! Outstanding Views!
Saturday, September 27, 2014 is
North Country National Scenic Trail Day!
Join the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country
Trail Association for a hike on the Norwich Mine interpretive trail,
with Industrial Archaeologist Patrick Martin of Michigan Technological
University. then traverse the scenic Norwich Bluffs on the North Country
National Scenic Trail. All in the beautiful Trap Hills region of
The interpretive hike will begin at 11am EST, at the Norwich Mine
Interpretive Trail trailhead on Norwich Road, 15 miles south of M-64
(Norwich Road is about 2 miles west of the Village of Ontonagon). The
hike on the Norwich Bluffs directly follows the interpretive hike.
Choose the length of hike that's right for you! The interpretive hike is
about 1.5 miles in length. The full hike is about 4 miles. Keep in mind
both hikes begin with a steep, rocky ascent (and end with a steep, rock
descent) and involve rugged terrain.
For those wishing to ride share from the Houghton area, a carpool meetup
will take place at 9:30 am at the west end of the Copper Country Mall
Please pack a lunch, bring adequate water, camera, and your hiking
Hike to be lead by, Dan Schneider
President, Peter Wolfe Chapter NCTA
and Michigan Tech's Dr. Patrick Martin, Professor of Archaeology and
Chair of the Social Sciences Dept.
This is segment 10 of the PWC NCT
Info and maps of the area can be found here on our webpage:
Norwich Mine Interpretive TraiI
Some PWC Trail issues of Note:
* The DNR is having some logging done on the east side
segment 49 this Fall in the Baraga Plains, so be cautious in that
small area, they already logged the west side of seg 49. You could just
walk on the Big Lake Campground road a little over a mile to the next
place the NCT crosses the road to avoid that logged section altogether.
* The Western UP got up to 3 inches of rain on
Wednesday, Sept 10th, so the Victoria dam has been releasing water from
the dam. This will make for a wet crossing below the Victoria dam. You
may want to take the
highwater bypass route thru Rockland which will have a
store/cafe/motel you may want to visit anyway. This bypass will only add
about 3 miles to your hike.
* To avoid a river crossing ford over the East Branch
of the Ontonagon river, where the river is always cocoa colored so you
can not see the bottom, we suggest you hike over the Gardner Road
bridge, this bypass will only add about 1.4 miles to your hike. We are
working on getting a reroute in this section to avoid the river ford.
* There are sections of our trail that have been marked
for logging and the trees that are marked to be cut have been painted
with the exact same blue color as the NCT Blue Blazes!! (usually several
stripes per tree) So be very careful to look for the 2 inch by 6
inch vertical paint or plastic blazes! We have done our best to make the
trail obvious when we have found these tree markings this spring, but
there may be some places we have not discovered yet.
* If you plan on driving to the
Falls Trailhead for a hike into Tibbets Falls, please note: The Tibbets
Falls bridge on the Baraga Plains Rd is "closed" due to road
reconstruction just south of the bridge, you will have to come to the
trailhead from the North until about the END of AUGUST as per the County Road
Featured link: Options for
winter hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing
PWC Board meeting January 28, 7pm AA home
PWC Board meeting March 6, 7pm Nara Chalet
PWC Board meeting April 17, 7pm Nara Chalet
Annual membership meeting May 22nd, 7pm Nara Chalet
PWC Volunteer Training June 7th, O Kun de Kun parking lot, US45 training
on Seg 21
June 8th, Big Lake Hike, Seg 52
PWC Board meeting June 19, 6pm Nara Chalet
Volunteer Blaze Training Sunday July 13, 10am-1pm, seg 21
PWC Invites the public
to hike July 19, 10:30am EDT on Segments
The PWC will have Volunteer
on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 10am-1pm EDT.
Arlyn will be training us on Blue Blaze
Painting on Segment 21.
Meet at 10am at the O Kun de Kun parking lot on US45.
This will be a blaze painting session
which we encourage all adopters and other trail volunteers to join!
The public is invited to join us on a 3
mile hike on Saturday, July 19th! Details of the hike with maps and
directions can be found
here (scroll down below the map for directions). Please consider printing a copy of
and putting it up on a bulletin board near you announcing this hike! See
you on the 19th at 10:30am EDT!
PWC board meeting Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7pm at the
Lion's Club chalet in Greenland (Ontonagon County Fair
Grounds) starting with potluck at 6pm. Please join us!
Maintenance Committee will be meeting Wednesday, August 6 at the home of
Comm Chair, Arlyn's home in Houghton. Starting with a potluck at 6pm.
All are welcome!!
Arlyn for directions!
Join the PWC on a hike Sunday, August 17 on our segment 30: We
will be hiking a three-mile stretch of trail heading eastward from the
Forest Road 1100 trailhead south of Rousseau. A car shuttle has been
devised to take hikers back to the trailhead.
Meet at the western end of the Copper Country Mall parking lot at noon
to carpool. Or meet up with us at the Forest Road 1100 trailhead. We
should be there by 1:15pm EST.
The trail section is located near Bob Lake, where picnic facilities are
See you on the trail!
Hike to be lead by, Dan Schneider
President, Peter Wolfe Chapter NCTA.
Sunday August 31, the PWC will host a group
of student volunteers from Michigan Tech! They will be helping us
maintain PWC segment
40. Please join us in welcoming
the students and help with the trail project by meeting us at the MTU
MUB at 8:30am to car pool to the work site or at the Trailhead parking
on FR2200 at the intersection with FR2240. Bring your lunch, snack,
Hope to see you there for what we hope is our first annual student
Volunteer Adventure a
About a half a mile of high-quality trail
was built on Bill Lynch's property southeast of Herman in Baraga
County. It's a key link in an east-west route to connect existing
trail at Canyon Falls Rest Area and NCT Hikers Club Chapter trail at
Long Lake outlet.
We had a beautiful campsite on Little Spruce Lake, and our chef John
Forslin had all of our meals ready for us before we left each day and
when we got back. John stayed in camp and made trips to town for
food and water, and was visited in camp one day by a bull moose!
More trail needs to be built, and we'll use the campsite for short
overnight work trips or another VA.
first to thru-walk
the NCT, finishing in 1980.
Peter later came back
and made his home right here
near Mass City.
members, William Lynch, Barbara Manger Lynch and the Lux Foundation
were awarded the Blue Blaze Benefactor award for 2014!
They fully funded the Matt 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.
PWC member, Scott
Holman wins 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
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 Award
in 2012 for he and Alice; who made numerous signs for the
NCT Baraga Plains area and help build and rebuilt the Oren
Krumm NCT shelter.