Activities 2017 - 2018 Season

Radio Frequency used on mountian is Channel 6-1.

THE RIDE TO BLUEWOOD IS ON FOR DEC. 9TH.  MEET AT CLUBHOUSE AT 8AM.  THIS RIDE IS TECHNICAL FOR SKILLED RIDERS.  HAMBURGERS ARE AVAILABLE BY DONATION AT GODMAN SHELTER.

 

We will be having a ride to Chapman's cabin tomorrow also (Dec. 9th).  This is a family ride.  Meet at clubhouse at 9:30am.

****We are constructing a new website.  It will be different looking so use a little patience at first.  We are planning on meeting a Dec. 15th deadline to switch to new site.****

Unfortunately, as of Dec. 8th there still is an insufficient amount of snow to open the lower trail system for snowmobiling.  We will announce the opening of the lower trails on this website. To honor the property owners that allow us to groom the lower trails, thru thier property, driveways and yards, we cannot open gates that would allow 4-wheel drives and hunters to easily trespass onto private property.

The Sheriff's department is looking for Search and Rescue volunteers.  These are people who have snowmobiles and/or side by sides that are on the mountain regularly and willing and able to respond to a request by the Sheriff.  Please email Dottie Carrell at dcarrell2@aol.com with your name, address on the mountain, phone number, and email so you can be included on the club list sent to the Sheriiff's office.  I hope to send this list very soon.

The Forest Service presentation at our General Membership meeting Dec 2 on the regulations relating to Side by Side machines in our forest was informative.  Over-the-snow tracked UTVs currently have a vehicle body width limit of 60-inches, allowing the tracks to extend beyond the body.  This is imposed by a Forest Order established in 2012.  The primary intent of the restriction is to preclude larger heavy vehicles (Jeeps, Suburbans and Suzukis with tracks) from damaging groomed trails and being a safety hazard due to width and speed.  There was also productive discussion about wheeled ATV and UTV use in the summer.  There are designated roads and trails identified in the "Motorized Vehicle Use Map (MVUM)", but it is acknowledged there is not a continuous route that would allow for convenient ATV/UTV summer recreation.

Logging on Trail

The Forest Service has informed us of logging activities currently occuring on a section of trail.  Lower Luger Loop and the Sinks area has logging eqipment being used on the trail.  There is supposed to be one lane available to pass the logging activities.  This is between junctions 10B and 15B on our trail map.  Please proceed with caution in this area.  If there is any problem while snomobiling in this area please contact the Forest Service at (509) 522-6290.

 

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.

 

Meeting Minutes available at:   http://tollgatetrailfinders.org/board/minutes.html

TTF Newsletter December 2017 

Club Update by Bob Smith – TTF Board Member 

Snowmobile Friends,

At the writing of this December newsletter we are anxiously awaiting that beautiful white stuff… Snow.  December 1st marks the official opening day of snowmobiling when over the dirt with tires ends and over the snow with tracks begins.  Many of us at the TTF (Tollgate Trail Finders) have new sleds to break in and others have our oldies but goodies polished up and ready to hit the trails and back country.  

 Besides snowmobiles, our club embraces UTV’s (Utility Terrain Vehicle’s) commonly known as side x sides and ATV’s (All Terrain Vehicle’s) with tracks for over the snow recreation.  At our November club meeting Jess Thompson, our grooming chairman, indicated that side x sides with tracks didn’t seem to tear up the groomed trails any worse than snowmobiles.  Many of our members are reaching an age where an enclosed over the snow vehicle with a heater is a great way to see and experience the beauty of our National Forest.  Our younger folks like them because they’re just plain fun.  

  

Also at our last meeting the club voted to work toward becoming a club that supports year around “Safe and Sane” UTV/ ATV recreational riding activities.  It will take much work on behalf of our Board of Directors and Officers to amend the club by-laws to support those changes.  It will probably take additional trail marking to show which trails are allowable and legal to ride on.  It’s the wish of our club to reach out to new UTV/ATV sports enthusiasts to become members of our TTF family and to grow our club to be a truly year around recreational club.  It won’t be an easy undertaking because we will need to petition the Forest Service to embrace the idea of allowing UTV/ATV’s on the Forest Service Roads.  Currently, most of the roads are off limits to Sport Utility Vehicle use.   

On Saturday, December 2nd we will hold our monthly club meeting at 5:00 pm.  At that meeting representatives from the USFS (United States Forest Service) will be in attendance to speak with us about regulations regarding UTV use and to receive our input on over the snow vehicle use.  As time goes on there are more and more UTV’s with tracks on the mountain.  From what we know right now, the current regulations allow a maximum overall width of 62” and most of the newer side x sides with tracks are much wider than that.  The regulations need to reflect what is actually available in the UTV world and this is our opportunity to express our views to the Forest Service.  It is also our wish to petition the Forest Service to allow more open access to UTVs on the Forest Service roads after the snow melts.  We encourage all who have an interest in seeing the mountain open up to more UTV access to attend our club meeting Saturday, December 2nd at 5:00 pm.  As an active snowmobile club we have an opportunity to meet with the Forest Service and express our views.  This won’t happen without lots of input and change comes slowly but this is a start.  The larger our club is, the stronger the voice that we have with the Forest Service.

 Private Property

As we begin another season of enjoying the wonder that abounds us in the Blue Mountains, we are reminded of being respectful to others.  One way of doing this is to stay on the marked trails while riding on private property.  Our lower country trails utilize access rights granted by numerous property owners.  These property owners have been gracious enough to allow snowmobilers to ride on their property.  When we stick to the marked trails this relationship thrives.  When someone rides out of bounds and decides to carve untracked powder in a beautiful meadow or in the trees, this is disrespectful and needs to stop.  It’s tempting to veer off and play in the powder when riding on private property.  The problem is this jeopardizes our future access. Please refrain from doing this until you have accessed public land. We have trail maps available at the TTF Clubhouse that you can refer to in the future if you are unsure. Our rule is “when in doubt, stay out.”  

 

 

 We Are Thankful

 Our newsletter allows us the opportunity to reach out and thank those who make our snowmobiling possible.  First…. Our grooming crew who works tirelessly and mostly namelessly.  These selfless guys drive to the mountain in the wee hours of the morning to brave the cold weather to smooth our trails.  This takes a lot of skill and knowledge of the mountain trail system within the Umatilla National Forest.  This crew grooms dozens of miles of Forest Service roads allowing us to have access to back country riding that would otherwise be all but impossible to reach.  Not only do these guys work all winter but much work is done during the summer months doing maintenance on the equipment.  The TTF wants to acknowledge and thank our all-volunteer grooming crew!!  We think of you as our snow angels, our unsung heroes that volunteer your time to allow us to have fun.  We simply say thank you.  Here is a list of our groomer drivers.

 

 

Jess Thompson Grooming Chairman         Kurt Entze                  Allen Thompson

Doug Watson                                                             Buckshot Carter        Larry Mahanna

Jeff Wagoner – new to our program

 

Let’s pray for lots of snow to get our season off to a great start!  See you all on December 2nd.

 December Events

2nd – 10am, Ride to see Bernie and Louise Chapman

2nd – 5pm, TTF Membership Meeting and Potluck.  The Forest Service to present information on the regulations relating to Side by Side machines and to receive input on UTV/ATV use on snow as well as on Forest Service Roads. Plan to bring your favorite dish for a potluck dinner to follow the general membership meeting.

9th - 8am, Bluewood Ride hosted by Glenn Warren – Advanced Riders only.  Bring gas it is nearly 100 miles round trip.

9th - 9am, Family ride led by Cecil Berry

23rd - 9 am, Family Ride led by Bob Carrol and Dewayne Harvill

30th – 9am, Family Ride led by TTF Staff

30th – 10am, Advanced Technical Ride with Communications focus led by Bob Smith.  Bring your GPS Radio and we will learn about way points and how to find your friends when they get lost.

31st - 6pm, New Year’s Party at TTF Clubhouse

 

January Events

6th – 9am, Avalanche training ride - By Victor McNeil from Wallowa Avalanche Center

6th - 5pm Board/Membership Mtg with Potluck

10th-14th – OSSA’s 46th Convention Hosted by Grant County Snowballers – John Day, OR., Register by               December 15th. http://www.oregonsnow.org/convention.aspx 

20th – 9am, Family Ride - Bone Springs led by Kolby Christensen

20th – 930am, Advanced ride to secret spot for backcountry skills training

 

 

Watch the www.tollgatetrailfinders.org and our TTF Facebook page for more info.

 

 TTF SWAG - T-Shirts and Hoodies

 

 These were the rage on the mountain last season and they are back!  Goto

tollgatetrailfinders.org to order yours today!

 

                                                                                                                                                    

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

  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

 

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.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.  Check the link below for our property owners list:

http://tollgatetrailfinders.org/articles/click-here-for-list-of-property-owners-with-a-groomed-trail.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.


 


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.

Trail Maps
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Jubilee Road to Bone-Chapman Shelter
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Map Legend
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Inner Trails From Morning Creek
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Lower Trails McDougal Rd.
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Trail to Ruckel
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

Property Owner list for OSSA insurance, If you have a groomed trail that crosses your property and you do not see your name listed. Please use the contact us form so we can get you added.

Name

mailing address

property address

Thanks

Weather Station
August 15, 2013

 Contact info for the admin of the weather station and/or this website is:

Dottie at dcarrell2@aol.com

The Tollgate weather history graph can be viewed at: 

http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KORTOLLG2

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

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

Updated Board Member list and October Board Meeting Minutes now posted
October 27, 2012

Weather Underground PWS KORTOLLG2