Winter Fat Biking
Winter mountain biking is rapidly gaining popularity in the Chequamegon Area. There are now over 50 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 is 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: As a general rule, bikes are not allowed on groomed ski trails in northwest Wisconsin, but there are presently two groomed ski trails in the area open to winter mountain biking. The Town of Hayward Recreational Forest is open to fat bikes on Wednesdays from sunset until park closing at 10:00 pm. Also, the National Forest Service’s Valhalla Recreation Area has opened up some trails to fat bikes on a trial basis.
- 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 trails 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.