Washburn Gravel Routes
Starting Point: FR 252 and Cty Hwy C
W1 – (10:28 Route) – 10 miles out and back. An easy to moderate
low traffic route. Wooded, scenic ride over rolling hills through the
National Forest with access to several lakes for picnicking and
FR 252 and FR 251 are graveled; the remainder of the route is on
sandy forest roads. There are many ATV, snowmobile, and horse
trails crossing along this route, so it is important to pay attention to
W2 – (10:28 Route) – 28 miles. Continuation of 10-mile route.
Most of the roads beyond FR 251 are sandy with rolling hills;
fat tire bikes are recommended.
Both routes: Enjoy a stop for a picnic or swim at one of the
lakes along the way: Twin Lakes and Birch Grove
Campground are east of FR 252 on FR 435; Long Lake Picnic
Area is east of the route on FR 251; Horseshoe Lake is along
the route on FR 427.
Starting Point: Intersection of FR242 and FR236
W3 – (Fire on the Mountain Route) – 24.5 miles. Moderate to
Difficult. Scenic ride over rolling hills through the Moquah
Barrens. Fat tire bike is recommended as the majority of the
route is on sandy roads with the exception of paved FR236.
There are many ATV, snowmobile, and horse trails crossing
along this route, so it is important to pay attention to your
The ride will provide awesome views of the Moquah Barrens
ecosystem. Vast openings give riders opportunities to see a
variety of wildlife, wildflowers and pick wild blueberries.
Check out Pine Lake along the route off FR248 via road 1337
and Horseshoe Lake along the route on FR 427.
Starting Point: FR 443 at the intersection with County Hwy C
W4 – (Morning Dew Route) – 7.5 miles. Easy, wooded, scenic
ride through the National Forest. Fat tire bikes recommended
as this route can be quite sandy. Route can be ridden in
either direction and is great for beginner fat tire bikers.
When you’re done with your ride, swing into Washburn to the
South Shore Taphouse or up to Bayfield to the Adventure