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Winter Fat Biking


Several CAMBA trails are open to winter fat 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 machine groomed or packed by snowshoers and others will be packed only by fat 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. See below for additional information about riding snowmobile trails.

Groomed winter biking trails are gradually evolving in CAMBA country. See the Winter Fat Bike Trails Conditions report for more details.
 

 

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Winter Fat 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. And groomed riding opportunities have evolved.

Machine groomed trail riding opportunities are rapidly expanding. In 2013 only Seeley single track trails were machine groomed. This year (2014) we have added Seeley Pass! The trailhead is at the Birkie - Boedecker Road  warming hut. Ride west from the hut on Boedecker road. Continue past Janet Road. The machine groomed single track trail starts at the intersection of snowmobile trail #8 and Boedecker Road. Ride north on this section of Seeley Pass as an out and back for approximately 12 miles of ridiculous fun!!

Plus we recently added the 5.7 mile section from OO to Boedeker Rd.

All together there are 22 miles groomed fat bike trails - which could be the most groomed fat bike trails in the Midwest.


Stay tuned as we work very hard to bring you more winter fat bike trial riding opportunities in CAMBA Land.

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.

•  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.

 

 

Groomed Trails

Seeley Fat Bike Trails

The Seeley Trails were originally built by local resident and avid mountain biker, Tom Gaier.  The singletrack system, intermixed with some double-track/ski trails, is about 10 to 12 miles in length, depending on which "route" is taken.  Last year Jeff Schmid started grooming the trails using a 1972 Ski Doo Elan with a hand built drag.  The Elan is very unique due to its very narrow track and ski width, which allowed it to travel through the narrow bike trails. Although a very simple machine with just a 12 horsepower engine, Jeff was able to climb all of the steep hills, even with a foot of new snow.

This year Jeff purchased a Rokon 2 wheel drive motorcycle along with a new mini-roller to pull behind the Rokon and pack the trail.  The equipment and grooming techniques are still being dialed in as Jeff learns more about the potential and limitations of the equipment and process.  

Last winter, however, there were long periods of time when the trail felt as firm a sidewalk through the woods, which, considering how much and how frequently it snowed, was pretty amazing.

Seeley Pass

Seeley Pass is a CAMBA trail that runs from County Highway OO north into Bayfield County.  A significant portion of this trail is also being groomed for winter fat biking – from the OO trailhead all the way to the High Point crossing of the Birkie Trail.  This is an out & back route at this point as there are no return routes open to bikes. The Birkie Trail is not open to bikes and CAMBA does not endorse riding any of the nearby snowmobile trails.

Distances:  OO to Boedeker Rd. – 6 miles. Exercise CAUTION when crossing Janet Rd. about ¾ mile north of OO and also be aware of two additional snowmobile trail crossings along the way and another at Boedeker Rd. at CAMBA marker S6.

From S6 to “Ballfield” – 2.7 miles.  There is one snowmobile crossing, crossings of both the Birkie and Birkie Classic Trails and the crossing of Firetower Rd.

Ballfield to Gravity Cavity - .6 mile.

Gravity Cavity to High Point – 1.2 miles – crosses Birkie Classic.

Total distance: 10.5 miles one way.

Last winter the CAMBA Esker Trail near Cable was groomed, but that effort has been suspended due to the difficulty of dealing with drifting snow on top of the esker.

As additional grooming volunteers and equipment become available, more groomed winter bike trails will be added to this menu. A number exciting options are being considered for next season.


Contribute to Support Winter Fat Biking

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.

Donate to support winter fat biking.

 

 

 


Winter Fat Bike Trail Conditions

Winter Fat Bike Trail Conditions
Trail Name Latest Grooming Conditions
Seeley Fat Bike Trails 1/9 Rolled
Seeley Pass-Boedeker to High Point 1/10
Seeley Pass-Boedeker to OO 1/10