Welcome to the premier system of mountain bike trails in the Midwest, located in and around the beautiful Chequamegon National Forest region of Northwest Wisconsin.
The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association off-road bike trail system consists of over 300 miles of marked and mapped routes through a near-wilderness area of striking beauty and peaceful solitude. The CAMBA system is quickly becoming the Singletrack Mecca of the Midwest, with more singletrack trail being constructed every year. CAMBA's ultimate vision is a linked system of singletrack trails connecting Hayward, Seeley, Cable and Namakagon.
|Winter Fat Bike Trail Conditions|
|Trail Name||Status||Conditions||Most Recent Grooming|
|Seeley Fat Bike Trails||100% Groomed||Excellent||1/28/2016|
|Seeley Pass-Boedeker to High Point||100% ridden in||Excellent||1/28/2016|
|Seeley Pass-Boedeker to OO||100% Groomed||Excellent||1/28/2016|
|Mawka-South||Groomed 3 miles south||Excellent||1/28/2016|
|Big Fat Loop||100% Groomed||Excellent||1/28/2016|
|Beginner Trail||Inch of new snow||Good|
|Esker Trail||100% Groomed||Excellent||1/27/2016|
|Mt. Ashwabay||Great conditions|
|Hatchery Creek||Snomo Packed||EXCELLENT||1/29/2016|
|North End||Ridden in||User packed|
CAMBA Fat Bike Trails to See Significant Expansion
The 2015-2016 winter season will see a significant expansion of the groomed fat bike trail riding in the Chequamegon Area of Northwest Wisconsin. With over 20 miles groomed during the past season, local fat bike enthusiasts expect to more than double that amount of groomed trail on which to ride their fat bikes.
“We’re super excited about the prospects for this winter,” says Cindy Bijold, head of the CAMBA Fat Bike Committee. “We’ve been scouting and preparing new routes and are looking forward to some big things for the coming season.”
The seed for the current fat bike movement in the Chequamegon Area was planted two years ago when a group of dedicated riders began meeting and holding a weekly ride. Now, with strong leadership, solid partnerships and cooperation, a well-formed vision, and a committed and engaged team, the movement has firmly taken root, setting the stage to establish CAMBA country, already one of the top regional mountain bike destinations, as an equally popular winter biking destination.
With a recently purchased two-wheel drive Rokon motorcycle and a second similar machine owned by a local enthusiast, the CAMBA Fat team is well-prepared to buff the local trails into shape. Volunteers using snowmobiles will assist during periods of heavy snow.
Trails include some of the popular CAMBA singletrack plus a new 14-mile wider route based on existing woods roads. In addition, a new easy/beginner loop has been added to the mix to offer an entry-level experience for those new to the sport.
Groomed Fat Bike Trails – 2015-2016 Season
Seeley Pass – 24 miles round trip (out & back). Singletrack from OO to the High Point of the Birkie Trail. Level of difficulty: Moderate to Advanced.
Makwa - 10 miles round trip (out & back). Singletrack from OO south. Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Seeley Ski Trails - 10 mile loop. Groomed ski trails starting on Old OO near Seeley. Level of difficulty: Advanced.
Big Ft Loop– 14 miles. Groomed route on old forest roads from OO connecting to the Seeley Ski Trails. Level of difficulty: Moderate to Advanced (distance).
Beginner Loop – 2.5 miles. 4-foot wide groomed loop, relatively flat starting and finishing at OO trailhead. Level of difficulty: Easy.
Esker Trail – 3.5 miles. 2-foot wide singletrack. Extended climbing to begin and then rolling. Starting near entrance to Telemark Resort in Cable on Spider Lake Firelane. Return to start on road – 1.5 miles. Level of difficulty: Advanced.
Plus hundreds of miles of plowed town roads throughout the region for extended touring options.
CAMBA East-West Connection Completed
On Tuesday, November 3, a group of volunteers “drove the golden spike,” so to speak, and completed the final segment of the trails connecting the Cable Cluster to the Namakagon Cluster. Over six years in the making, this eight-mile combination of new trails helps fill out one of the remaining connections in CAMBA’s 90-mile plus system of interconnected singletrack trails.
The Treasures’ Trace trail runs from the Rock Lake bike trail near Emerson Lake, 3.5 miles west to the boundary of the national forest. From here, Danky Dank, which was completed earlier this summer, runs 4.5 miles to connect with the Esker Trail. It is necessary to ride in on the Esker about two miles from Spider Lake Firelane to pick up Danky Dank. The total 10-mile through-ride is about as diverse a series of trails as you are going to find in the CAMBA system, each trail with very different character and personality, sometimes changing several times within a few miles.Read more
"Dryland" trail conditions reporting will resume in March or April.
Note that except for groomed fat bike trails or other trails that see other winter uses, the CAMBA singletrack and other trails are not maintained during the winter months. You are still welcome to use the trails, but may encounter blowdowns, missing trail maps, etc.
Multiple Use of Bike Trails
In case there is any confusion about what uses are permitted on the bike trails, please understand that snowshoeing is a permitted use on any CAMBA bike trail and is, in fact, encouraged.
Likewise during summer months, running and hiking are very much encouraged.
However, walking on groomed winter bike trails without snowshoes is discouraged as it damages the groomed trail surface (just like walking on a groomed ski trail would) and diminishes the user experience.
As a rule the CAMBA trails are rideable within 12 hours or less of almost any major rain event and sooner after lesser storms. As always, please use good judgement when deciding to ride during wet weather. If you leave much more than the dimple of a tire tread, you should wait for the trails to dry out. Trails will only need to be closed due to extreme events.