Starting Point: New Moon Bike Shop, Hayward
Alternate Starting Point: Sawmill Saloon, Seeley
All distances based on Hayward start.
HS1 – 25 miles with 439 feet of climbing. This easy route contains a combination of gravel and pavement that starts on an abandoned railroad grade and heads toward the KOA Campground. Use the railroad grade to avoid riding on Hwy 63. You will ride along and cross the Namekagon River and enjoy great views of the east side of Nelson Lake.
HS2 – 33 miles with 833 feet of climbing. This moderate route extends Route HS1 with sections of pavement, though most of the roads are very quiet. You will cross the Namekagon River a couple times and enjoy great views of Nelson Lake. Some sections of Tagalder and Phipps Fire Lane can get sandy when it is dry. A gravel bike with wider tires or a mountain bike would be ideal for this route.
Après’ ride, stop by New Moon and have a beer or wine on their outdoor deck.
HS3 – 38 miles – Includes the perimeter of HS1 and HS2 and extends to the northeast into hilly Birkie Country. Pass near the Birkie Cty OO Trailhead and the Samuel Johnson Outdoor Center just a mile to the east on Cty OO – water, vending machines, restrooms available. Long gradual climbs and fun extended descents. Check out ROAM Adventure Basecamp on Janet Rd. and swing into the iconic local favorite Sawmill Saloon for a burger, pizza or cold beer.