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Noquemanon Trail Network Starts Grooming

Wed, Dec  6, 2006 - By Susan Brian

Marquette, MI — The Noquemanon Trail Network (NTN) is excited to announce it has started to maintain its cross country trail system for the winter!

The NTN has begun to pack the Forestville Trailhead Loops as well as the Noquemanon Trail to County Road 510. The NTN has also packed the Saux Head trails off of County Road 550.

“The trails are in good condition”, says Chris Lawler, chief groomer for the NTN. “We recommend that people use rock-ski’s still, as there are still some thin spots and some debris on the trails”, says Lawler.

The Noquemanon Trail Network has significantly expanded its trail operations this winter. It has added 15 km of new trails at its Forestville Trailhead. These include a 1.5 kilometer lit Sprint Loop, a bypass trail for man’s best friend (the family dog), a beginner trail and an advanced trail that is 10 kilometers in length. There is also a new warming facility, rentals available and lessons. The warming facility will be in operation later this month. The lit loop will be operational within the next 2 weeks.

The NTN is a membership organization, whose sole funding is provided by the purchase of memberships to support the operations of the trails. Last year the Noquemanon Trail Network spent over $60,000 on the grooming and operations of its x-c trail system. Memberships can be purchased at many outlets throughout the Marquette area such as: Down Wind Sports, the Sports Rack , Nordic Bay Lodge, The Lake Superior Community Partnership, The Big Bay Outpost & Deli, Cram’s General Store in Big Bay, Big Bay Outfitters and Wilderness Sports in Ishpeming You may also call purchase a membership on-line at noquetrails.org.

The Noquemanon Trail Network is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that promotes development of integrated, multi-use, non-motorized trails. For more information on the NTN, contact Susan Brian at (906)228-6182.