MT. ASHWABAY WINTER BIKE TRAILS

Length:  7 miles

Trailhead:  Ski Hill Road, just south of Bayfield

Difficulty:  Moderate

Description:  Winter biking at Mt. AshWaBay is a collaboration between North Coast Cycling Association and the Ashwabay Outdoor Educational Foundation.  The mechanically groomed 28 inch wide trail is 7 miles in length. Grooming is 1-2 times per week depending on conditions. The trail contains a gentle intermediate out and back section which accesses a more challenging single track loop.  A daily trail fee of $10.00 is required for non pass holders, payments are made in the fee box or chalet.

CABLE TOWN TRAIL

Length:  2 miles

Trailhead:  Cable Community Center

Difficulty:  Easy

Description:  The Cable Town Trails are a group of short, interconnected wooded loops separated by an open field.  The main west loop is easy rolling.  The east loops go in and out of a small ravine.  The trail gets quite a bit of traffic, with snowshoe trails interspersed with the bike trails.

BACKSIDE WINTER BIKE TRAIL

Length:  3 miles; 6 miles round trip

Trailhead:  Birkie Start on McNaught Rd

Difficulty:  Moderate but with some short steep hills

Description:  Backside connects the Birkie Start to Timber Trail, with several sections of shared use ski trail.  Be sure to stay on the “bike lane” part of the trail in the shared used sections.   Add the Chico and Connesker for a total 11 miles of riding. Note that the Esker Trail, east of Spider Lake Firelane is not groomed due to difficulty with deep snow and drifting.

 

SEELEY HILLS WINTER BIKE TRAIL

Length:  10 miles

Trail heads:  Uhrenholdt Forest and Old OO

Difficulty:  Most difficult from Uhrenholdt access; Moderate to More Difficult from Old OO access

Description:  Seeley Hills is the most technical groomed trail, with lots of hills and some off camber sections. The trail is almost 10 miles long from the Urhenholdt access.  It is 7 miles long from the Old OO access, skipping the Urhenholdt section.  Please yield to skiers at intersections, and do not ride the ski trails except where necessary to follow the bike trail.

SEELEY PASS WINTER BIKE TRAIL

Length:  7 miles each way

Trailhead:  Hwy OO

Difficulty:  More difficult

Description:  Seeley Pass is a narrow two way single track trail from the OO trailhead to the S10 waypoint on Fire Tower Rd.  It is moderately technical, with a significant amount of climbing.  It crosses several fire roads, so there are opportunities to bail out if you decide you’ve had enough!

BIG FAT LOOP

Length:  14 miles

Trailheads:  Hwy OO and Old OO

Difficulty:  Moderate

Description:  The Big Fat Loop (“BFL”) is a “winter-only” trail using forest roads and three short sections of rough cut to link Makwa and Seeley Pass to the Seeley Hills Trails. The loop is about 14 miles long.  It has some moderately technical sections on the single track portions, and some moderate climbing.  Please be careful on the short Phipps Fire Lane section, where snowmobiles can be operating at fairly high speeds.

BIG EASY WINTER BIKE TRAIL

Length:  2.5 miles

Trailhead:  Hwy OOl

Difficulty:  Easy

Description:  The Big Easy is a beginner loop at OO.  It is wide with virtually no hills.  It was built by the American Birkiebeiner Ski Foundation.  The trail begins by the large kiosk on the east side of the Samual C. Johnson Family Center.  It follows part of the Easy Strider Ski Trail and connects to Telemark Road.

HAYWARD AREA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL WINTER BIKE TRAIL

Length:  5.5 miles

Trailheads:  Essentia Clinic parking lot; Olson Rd

Difficulty:  Easy

Description: Designed as a beginner trail, the Hayward Area Memorial Hospital Trail is considered a “gateway” trail, an entry-level trail to introduce riders to mountain biking.  It consists of a series of one way loops groomed 4 feet wide connected by several sections of wider two way trail.  Expect sweeping curves along gentle hills and numerous ski trail crossings.  Please yield to skiers at intersections and do not ride on the ski trails except for the short section of shared trail over the Smith Creek bridge.  Access is either at the northwest corner of the Essentia Clinic parking lot one mile west of Hayward on Hwy 77, or on Olson Rd near the Trussworks factory.