Chequamegon Area
Mountain Bike Association



Trail Conditions

Note: Please do not ride freshly groomed trails. Trails rarely set up the first day and need at least one night before being ready to ride.
Click here for an illustration of proper tire pressure on snow.

Grooming schedule and Trail CONDITIONS as of Wednesday, February 21, 2018 :

Hayward received a couple inches of snow with high winds on Monday.  The Ashland area saw over 14 inches!  Most trails will be groomed sometime this week, although grooming the northern Bayfield County trails will likely be delayed due to the heavy snowfall.  Several trails were becoming glazed before the recent snowfall, and it is unknown at this time how well the new snow will stick to those icy sections.  Expect significant drifting on ungroomed trails.

Please be aware of changing conditions as Spring approaches.

The following is the reported status of the trails at this time.

Cable Town Trails: Groomed yesterday afternoon, Tuesday Feb 20. .  

Big Easy: Not yet available due to active logging operation.

Big Fat Loop: No current report.  Last groomed Sunday afternoon Feb 4 EXCEPT the Makwa and Seeley Hills sections, which were groomed Tuesday afternoon Feb 20. (Note: U R HERE maps on the trail have not been updated yet. The only significant difference is the reroute on Snowmobile Trail 31. Please follow the directional signs rather than the map in that area.  Also note that the directional signs on Frindt Road are missing.  If you are riding clockwise, turn right at the end of Old OO and look for the groomed trail just south of the newer barn; if you are riding counterclockwise, turn right when you get to Frindt Road then turn left onto Old OO.)

Esker:  Groomed last week for the first time this winter! Big thanks to Josh Washlow from Up North Guided Tours for opening up the trail and cutting up some fallen trees last week, and to Ron Bergin and Mick Endersbe for packing it and grooming it over several days last week.  Grooming was interrupted yesterday due to heavy drifting.  It will be a few days before the crew is able to break through the 4 foot drifts and make a rideable trail.

Hatchery Creek: Groomed yesterday afternoon, Sunday Feb 20.

Hospital Gateway: Groomed on Tuesday Jan 30.

Makwa:. Groomed yesterday afternoon, Tuesday Feb 20.

Mt. AshWaBay:  Grooming was planned for last night.  No report yet regarding how it turned out.  It is possible that it will be delayed due to heavy snowfall Monday Feb 19.

Seeley Hills:   Groomed yesterday evening, Tuesday Feb 20.

Seeley Pass: Scheduled for grooming Thursday evening, Feb 22.

Westside/Backside:  Groomed yesterday afternoon, Feb 20.  Directional signs and U R HERE maps are now installed.  Expect more shared-use sections with the North End Ski Club this year. Please do not ride on the ski lanes of the shared-use sections.  2/4/18 UPDATE:The Birkie Trail Crew is now grooming last year’s Fat Bike Birkie race course in case it is needed.  That race course follows much of the old Korteloppet race course, which includes much of the Westside/Backside Trails.  The race course also crosses private land after it leaves the Backside Trail.  It is not yet known whether or not the public is allowed to ride that section of trail.  Please stay on Backside until further notice and do not follow the old Korteloppet race course onto the Telemark property.

Other Area trails (non-CAMBA):
Heaven & Tortoise: Groomed Tuesday evening Feb 20.  Expect some soft spots on Heaven due to drifting.  Note that Tortoise is also a snowmobile route that is open to winter biking.  It is closed to bikes in the summer when it serves as an ATV Trail.  Also note that a number of snowmobiles have been riding off trail by Heaven, so please be aware of motorized users.  Winter grooming is done by Up North Guided Tours LLC.
Farm Road Trails, south of Ashland:  Aaron is trying to pack the fourteen inches of fresh snow with a snowmobile before attempting to groom again.
Spooner Park:  No new report.  The trails are not groomed by machine, but get enough foot and bike traffic to be decent riding most of the time.
Wildcat: Grooming yesterday, Tuesday Feb 20.

General Considerations
In general, the CAMBA trails are well-drained and are rideable within 12 hours or less of an average rainfall. If you encounter a trail that is consistently wet and you leave any more than a dimple of a tread impression from your tire, you should not be on the trail.

Please exercise good judgement when deciding to ride during wet periods. The damage inflicted on the trails can be extensive and cause a considerable amount of work for our volunteers and trail crew.

Trails are particularly vulnerable during the spring break-up period when the frost is leaving the ground and even more so in the fall, during the freeze/thaw cycle that occurs as we transition from fall to winter.

Trail Closures and Special Notices
Patsy Lake Trail: The beavers have been very active near N14 – near where the northern and southern loops of the Patsy Lake Trail meet. Water is over the trail in several areas and there is no way to get around it.  We are assessing the situation and trying to come up with a solution.

HASTA Ski Trails: We have been informed that some fat bikers have been riding on the HASTA Ski Trails from the Hospital Road Trailhead.  Please spread the word that bikes are not allowed on any of the HASTA Ski Trails at the hospital. We are grooming the new Hospital Gateway CAMBA Trail for fat bikes. Please use that trail instead of the ski trails. The trail is currently about 1-1/4 mile long and is accessible only from the northwest corner of the Essentia Clinic parking lot. Unfortunately, the trailhead is partially obscured by a big pile of snow, but the trail is indeed accessible. CAMBA will be expanding the trail over the next few years. The tentative plan is to connect it to the Olson Road Trailhead.