Winter Fat Bike Riding - Need to Know
Winter mountain biking is rapidly gaining popularity in the Chequamegon Area. There are now over 45 miles of groomed winter bike routes and literally hundreds of miles of plowed town roads to tour.
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. Care should be exercised during transitional seasons when the frost in going in and coming out of the ground. Trails are particularly vulnerable to rutting at these times.
• 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. CAMBA does not endorse riding on snowmobile trails.
• Groomed ski trails: There are presently no groomed ski trails in the area open to winter mountain biking, except the Seeley Ski Trails.
• 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 are open to winter mountain biking. They are user-packed only and narrow.
• 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.
Follow this link to make a contribution to support winter mountain biking in the Chequamegon area. Here you can make a donation that will be dedicated to developing and maintaining winter mountain biking trails.
CAMBA Fat Bike Trails See Significant Expansion
The 2015-2016 winter season saw 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 trails were more than doubled this past winter
“We’re super excited about the progress made this past 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 next season too.”
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 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 Fat Loop (new) – 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.
Mt. Ashwabay - 7 miles of 2-foot wide singletrack. The regular trailhead is NOT the start of the trail. The garoomed trail start is adjacent and to the left of the grooming equipment storage shed. The shed is located on the south side of the parking lot up a slight incline. Level of difficulty: Intermediate to Difficult.
Plus hundreds of miles of plowed town roads throughout the region for extended touring options.
|Winter Fat Bike Trail Conditions|
|Trail Name||Status||Conditions||Most Recent Grooming||Recent Snowfall||Next Grooming|
|Seeley Fat Bike Trails||All grooming|
|Seeley Pass-Boedeker to High Point||discontinued.|
|Seeley Pass-Boedeker to OO|
|Big Fat Loop|