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Winter Mountain Biking

Several CAMBA trails are open to winter biking. Only fat bikes with 3.5 inch or wider tires are recommended for riding any of these trails during the winter.

Many of these trails are shared with snowshoers, so please be aware of other trail users. Also, many trails intersect groomed cross-country ski trails where riding is not permitted except to cross the trail, conditions permitting.

Some of these routes will be packed by snowshoers, others will be packed only by bikes. Trails not used by snowshoers are not otherwise maintained during the winter.

Snow-covered town roads may be good alternatives, but you may encounter snowmobile and other vehicular traffic.


Winter Mountain Bike Riding - Need to Know

Winter mountain biking is rapidly gaining popularity in the Chequamegon Area. Information on where to ride and other important considerations are still being assembled. Please check back to review the latest information as things may change as the season progresses.

Where to ride:

• CAMBA Trails - all CAMBA singletrack trails and other designated routes are open to winter mountain biking except when the trails double as a snowmobile trail or groomed ski trail.

! The Esker Trail has been groomed and is now open for winter mountain biking.

     Riding is prohibited on all state funded snowmobile trails in Bayfield County. This includes all groomed snowmobile trails except those using town roads. Bayfield County has a specific ordinance prohibiting anything except snowmobile use on these trails.

     Sawyer County policy discourages the riding of snowmobile trails in the winter.  While there are no expressed prohibitions, the county forest administrator does not believe it is a good idea.

•  Groomed ski trails: There are presently no groomed ski trails in the area open to winter mountain biking.

• Snowshoe trails - many CAMBA singletrack trails are used as snowshoe trails in the winter. These will be packed by trail users and should make for good riding. Please be courteous and share the trails. These trail tend to be narrow and have little or no room to pull off the trail.

• The North End Snowshoe Trails - several snowshoe trails from the North End Trailhead in Cable may be opened to winter mountain biking.

•  Two-track roads and other woods roads in the county and national forests are open to winter mountain biking.

• Town roads - snow covered dirt and gravel roads are open to winter mountain biking. Some of these roads may also be snowmobile routes, but if it is a public road, it is open to bikes. Use extra caution on these routes

• Some designated ATV trails if they are not also snowmobile trails are OK to ride and are not subject to this same stipulation.


Winter mountain bike trail grooming is still a work in progress. It is likely that there will be some groomed winter mountain bike trails this winter. Stay tuned.