Current News:
Activities 2017 - 2018 Season

Radio Frequency used on mountian is Channel 6-1.

Wanted to pass on the reason why the camera is not showing up. All is fine on the mountain but WeatherUnderground is supposed to catch the photo we send, then display it. They are having technical difficulties on their server and hopedfully they will get it fixed soon. Meanwhile, when we get our new website hosted we can catch the photo ourselves which would fix this problem.   This weather webpage work is all done by volunteers, including some of the labor for Weather Underground.

Need to remind everyone - PLEASE STAY OFF PRIVATE PROPERTY - If you do not know whose property you are on GET OFF OF IT! This problem occurs year round.  Friends dont let friends trespass.

December 2nd 2017 - We are having a ride to visit the Chapmans - Meet at clubhouse at 10am.

December 2nd - The Forest Service will be at our General Membership meeting to present information on the regulations relating to Side by Side machines.  Our emphasis will be over-the-snow but we can ask questions about over-the-dirt also.


Time to update our Landowners list.  Please email Dottie at dcarrell2@aol.com if you have recently bought a cabin on the trail system so we can get your information on the liability insurance list.

 

December 2nd 2017 - We are having a ride to visit the Chapmans - Meet at clubhouse at 10am.

December 2nd - The Forest Service will be at our General Membership meeting to present information on the regulations relating to Side by Side machines.  Our emphasis will be over-the-snow but we can ask questions about over-the-dirt also.

December 9th - Ride to Bluewood snow permitting.  Meet at clubhouse at 8am.

December 9th - Family ride.  Meet at clubhouse at 9am.

December 23rd - Family Ride meet at clubhouse at 9am.

December 30th Radio Technology Ride - meet at clubhouse at 8am.  Family Ride - meet at clubhouse at 10am.

December 31st - Sunday night - New Years Eve Party. Clubhouse probably about 5pm.

 

  TOLLGATE TRAIL FINDERS OCTOBER 2017 NEWSLETTER

It’s hard to believe the snowmobile season is right around the corner.  It’s here and the club is making plans for a new season of snowmobile events.

 

 The TTF (Tollgate Trail Finders) board members and officers met in Walla Walla at “Smith’s” restaurant on Friday October 6th to discuss the upcoming activities for the snow season.  Our season is November 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018.  As a club, we promote family-friendly world class snowmobile recreation with many miles of groomed trails and thousands of acres of off-trail and back country riding. We are blessed to have such a winter paradise so close to our homes in Eastern Oregon and Southeastern Washington. We are equally blessed to have club members willing to devote time and energy making sure our bills are paid, trails are groomed, signs are in place and firewood is cut and placed in the warming shelters

 

Photo Credit – Becca Daniel (HWY 204 on 8-21-17)

 

 

 

 

 

We have a great infrastructure that was put in place by the forefathers of the club that allows for a great snowmobiling experience and it’s up to our generation to keep the club alive and thriving. The yearly TTF Club membership cards were recently mailed out. The membership dues remain at $50.00 per family which cover the entire family for riding the trails, the use of 2 warming shelters (Chapman-Bone Springs and Ruckel), the TTF Clubhouse, the Groomer Warehouse and Groomer Equipment, and many other amenities.

                                                                                                                             Photo Credits – TTF Archives (Bone Springs Firewood Cutting 2017)

 

Membership – What’s in it for me?

 For every $50 membership $25 is forwarded to the OSSA (Oregon State Snowmobile Association). The OSSA then pays for the purchase of the grooming machines, the parts to maintain them and the fuel to run the machines. The labor for the maintenance and the time devoted to driving the grooming machines is all donated by the gentlemen that simply love the sport enough to donate their time and effort to the sport of snowmobiling. Many hours are spent during the off season doing maintenance preparation for the snow season. Our club retains the other $25 to cover costs associated with maintaining the club house, grooming shop, insurance, electrical, heating, internet service for the weather camera at the club house and many other items that are too numerous to mention. We thank those who are members for their generosity and encourage others who use the trail system to become members of our TTF club family!! It is because of “you” the many members and volunteers that keep the trails groomed and the lights turned on that make for a wonderful snowmobile experience.

Kids Snowmobile Safety Course – NOV 4, 2017 9am-1pm

 Our club’s number one goal is to have fun! “And” to do so safely. We will kick off the season with a kid’s safety class Saturday, November 4th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. All the particulars will be listed on the TTF website (www.tollgatetrailfinders.org). We encourage kids ages of 8 and 18 who want to snowmobile to attend the class. Graduates will receive an Oregon Snowmobile License from Oregon DMV. Cardholders will be able to legally operate a snowmobile within the State of Oregon.  

 

Club Rides

We plan to lead a club ride every other Saturday leaving the club house around 9:00 am. We will alternate between family friendly trail rides and advanced back country style rides. The family friendly rides would go to places such as Bone Springs, Balloon Tree, or Ruckel Junction.  The advanced back country style rides would take the group anywhere from Seven Meadows, Tiger Canyon, Jacks Canyon and a number of other places that the Tollgate Area has to offer.  During the advanced rides we will work on skills such as avalanche, GPS, and riding skills. We have several people who are willing to lead these rides but it’s always fun to have new folks lead the pack to their favorite hideaway. If you would like to volunteer to lead a ride or be a part of one please send a “message” on the Tollgate Trail Finders Facebook page and we’ll get you set up.   


Photo Credit – TTF Archives

 

 

2017- 2018 Monthly Club Meetings

1st Saturday November thru March - We have monthly club meetings the first Saturday of each month at 5:00 pm followed by a potluck dinner.  We encourage everyone on the mountain to join in and be part of the fun and good food.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

October 20th – 21st WSSA Snowmobile & Power Sport Expo and Swap Meet – Washington State Fair Grounds.  Puyallup, WA (http://www.wssa.us)

November 4th – 9am-1pm - Youth Safety Class—-TTF Club house, HWY 204, Tollgate Open for kids ages 8-18.  TTF Membership encouraged and available during event

November 4th – 9am-1pm – Work Party - Brushing McIntyre Loop north of Target Meadows intersection, putting up poles at Mudflats, and putting up stop signs.  Meet at 9:00am in front of store next to the TTF clubhouse to not interfere with the youth class.  Please plan to join us!

November 4th – 5pm-7pm – TTF Board Meeting and Potluck

December 2nd – 5pm-7pm – TTF General Membership Meeting and Potluck

December 9th – 8am   Bluewood Run—-meet at TTF club house… bring plenty of gas as this is approximately a 90 mile ride.  Glenn Warren and Brandon Christensen plan to lead the ride.  This ride depends on snow conditions.  Plan to attend as this is always a fun time.  Hot dogs will be provided at Godman warming shelter by the Blue Mountain Snowmobile Club “IF” we make it.  I would pack a lunch just in case.  The leader may need to pick a different course.

December 31st – 6pm- New Year’s Party at the TTF Clubhouse. Watch the www.tollgatetrailfinders.org and our TTF Facebook page for more info.

 

                                                                                                                                                   

Do Your Snow Dance And Let’s Make This A Great Snowmobile Season!!

  

 

The Trailfinders board members met last Friday (10/6/17) to get a jump on organizing Rides and Activities for the coming season.  Keep checking this website to find out about weekend events such as Family rides, Destination rides, Avalanche class and ride to practice beacon use, and many more.

Our new logo is now available on tshirts and hoodies:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Order Form link below (need to order by May 15th for next batch)

http://tollgatetrailfinders.org/advertising/business-advertisers.html

 

Club minutes are now posted under the top menu, Board/Minutes.


Elected Officers are:

President - Bob Carrell

Vice President - Brandon Christensen

Treasurer - Tammy Christensen

Secretary - Dottie Carrell

Parlimentarian - Dewayne Harvill

Board members are:

Jack Preston, Bob Smith, Mike Kelly, Cody Smith, Donnie Hanson, Andrew Grissom, Cecil Berry, Chris Jensen, David Baird, Tammy Davenport and Glenn Warren.


PROPERTY OWNERS ON THE TRAIL: You are covered through OSSA for liability insurance. Go to NEWS/Property Owners on this website to check for your name if your property is on the trail system. Thank You.


LINK TO TRAIL MAPS

Click on the link below for individual trails maps to print:

http://tollgatetrailfinders.org/news/tollgate-trail-maps.html

 To Navigate to Maps - On top Menus Click on News, then Trail Maps.

Snow Depth Link

Below is a link to more weather information - particularly snow depths:

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/or/snow/?cid=nrcs142p2_046181

Tollgate snow line number 541-566--2784.
February 23, 2013

This recording is updated with current conditions everytime the groomers go out.

Weather Underground PWS KORTOLLG2

Grooming Reports 2017-2018 (snow line 541-566--2784)

Groomer's Report October 2017
The 08 is back on the mountain thanks to Denny Farwell, district 7 & 8 director who brought it back to us.  It is fully serviced and ready to go.  We finished working on the 98 this month, reinstalling the repaired fuel tank, and rear tie rod.  It is fully serviced and ready to go.  I worked on the roof of the grooming shed again on the south side, replacing screws and putting tar over the screws.  Hopefully that will fix the water leak over our bench.  Thanks to the groomer guys for all their work this summer, and to Tucker Snow Cat for repairing the 08.  
THINK SNOW!
Jess Thompson, grooming chairman
PS.  The former Skyline Club members put a cord of wood in the Ruckel Shelter this last week.  Thanks to Bernie Chapman and Rod Morrow for donating wood for this purpose.  Ruckel Shelter is ready for the winter.
Summer Groomer Work  7-13-17  THANKS for your work guys!
Five of us worked on the 98 today.  We will have to work on it one more day to be ready for winter.  Minor things to repair, tie rod, fuel tank leak, engine fuel shut off switch.  Everything else looks pretty good on the old cat.
With the help of Denny Farwell, OSSA District 7 & 8 Director, I put in to have the 08 Tucker hauled to Medford for the bottom half of the SnowCat to be overhauled.  The OSSA board approved it in April, it was hauled down the end of April.  They went through the bearings in the differentials, transfer case, and installed all new gears in the transfer case.  The track carriers were badly cracked as well as the pivot points on the axles.  They gave us a great deal on new track carriers and re-built the pivot points on the axles.  They replaced all track belts as most of them were coming apart.  They did some welding on the push frame for the dozer blade and the main frame of the machine itself.  This machine was built without a pivot on the rear turntable, which puts all the stress from being off level to the track carriers and main frame.  All the old CATS had this pivot point and the newer ones have it now.  It is finished and waiting in Medford for transport back when Denny has time.  His truck hauls the CAT for us.  Thanks to him for doing that.  Thanks to OSSA for spending the money to fix it right.
We will be working on the 98 this week to get it ready for this coming winter.
Thanks
Jess
TTF grooming chairman  
On trails that need to be brushed:  we put in for grant money to brush from Jubilee Lake Turn off 6413 to Look out Mt area and back towards Timothy, especially between intersections 14 and 15 near Lookout Mt, the trees are encroaching on the road.  Timothy Shortcut from the Guard station to 6413 is starting to brush in pretty good.  There are spots on 6413 road that are starting to brush in.  Hot spots on private land trails are between McIntyre Road and Krahlman property, from the cabins on the powerline to Hill Camp especially, trees encroaching as well as brush.  The other spot was between McDougal highway crossing and the hill near Cecil's cabin where it makes a switchback up the hill is starting to brush in pretty heavy.  I can't think of other spots right now.
Jess  
Thanks to everyone that helped this year, especially my groomer drivers: Allen, Kurt, Larry, Doug Watson our new driver, and our newest trainee, Jeff Wagner who just started.  These guys kept the groomers running this year, so I really thank them for that.  Thank the people that worked on trails, especially down on the Shumway: Bob, Cecil, Tristan and Brandon.  Special thanks to Cecil Barry for patrolling trails and letting me know if there was a problem, and for locking the shelters at the end of the season.  Thanks for everyone's support, I had a lot of good comments this year.
March totals:
260 miles groomed
48 hours spent grooming
306 gallons of fuel used
14 1/2 hours maintenance
1 tree removed from trail
470 miles driven too/from mountain by drivers
9 hours driving time.
Totals for the year:
2,410 miles groomed
379 hours spent grooming
2,478 gallons fuel used
49 trees removed
32 1/2 hours maintenance
2,330 miles driven too/from the mountain by drivers
46 hours driving time
Thanks for your support TTF!!
Jess Thompson, grooming chairman
Tollgate TrailFinders Facebook

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Sno Park Permits

Washington Sno Park permits will NOT be honored in Oregon Sno Parks this year according to the Oregon Forest Service.  An Oregon Sno Park permit can be purchased at the DMV (maybe Stateline Polaris also).



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