Washburn Lake Trails - TRAIL

Washburn Lake Trails - Trail, Rhinelander, Wisconsin

5.5 miles of wide XC trails and 3 miles of single track. Moderate and some difficult climbs, single track quite technical

User Reviews (10)

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lostskier   Cross Country Rider [Mar 19, 2013]

Many improvements have been made to this trail over the last 3-years. The ski trails are no longer used by the mountain bikers as a single track loop has been created that is close to 8 miles. A new 1-mile section was added in the summer of 2012. This course now holds the Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Series (WEMS) RASTA Rock'n Root Race in August which consist of 3, 6 and 10 hour events. There is a new shelter on Perch Lake that has picnic tables and a water well, swimming in the lake is also available after a hot ride. Features include a rock garden called "Stone Soup" by the locals along with a couple of bridges. There are two trail segments that are "mini" flow trails down several of the large hills and a couple of "pump" sections. This trail is technical trail given the hilly topography, but has gotten a little "easier" to ride with all the repairs to trails to make them more sustainable. Current plans are to construct almost 10-miles of new single track over the next 3-years, along with a skills area for kids. The trails are maintained by the Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA).

Customer Service

Park at the Perch Lake shelter and ride clockwise.

Similar Products Used: Underdown near Gleason/Irma.
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4
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4
buzz advert   Racer [Sep 29, 2009]

Love these trails. I'm not a huge fan of cross country ski trails, but this would be the exception. There are a number of fun, fast sections and good climbs. Herringbone Hill will challenge any rider--when you're in good shape, try hammering it in your middle chain ring. Once atop this climb you can stick it in your big chain ring and let it rip; you get a long, amazing roller coaster ride--the better you know the trail, the faster you can go here (all out). Another downhill near the end of the extra loop just before the pretty wide open section will easily get you over 30 mph (I think I did 36 last time).

The single track, which is both inside and outside the cc loop, is twisty and windy and hard to navigate; that is, unless you're a local--which I'm not--and really know the trail, you'll not always quite know where you are or which part you've ridden already. Nevertheless, this is some of the best technical single track you'll find. Not sure what the other reviewers are talking about when they say it isn't technical. I've ridden all the single track multiple times and it IS technical, but great for your skills.

Not having ridden these trails for a couple years, I found a new trail this year. It goes down to Roby Lake (I think), ending by a new shelter next to the lake. The single track is very soft and loamy. I only did it back uphill where it's a nice workout with poor traction in parts. On a turn I wiped out and fell into a nice booby trap in the form of a cut-down-to-six-inches stump in the hip. Yowser!

Customer Service

All of it.

Similar Products Used: Hanson Lake trails. Razorback Ridge, though it was trashed by logging a couple years back and I haven't returned.
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5
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4
member13   Cross Country Rider [Aug 03, 2009]

I think this is one of the best trails in the area. I found more than the stated 3 miles of single track. It was a great ride and would recommend it. Not very technical.

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4
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3
lifeasjeff   Weekend Warrior [Aug 25, 2007]

The single track is fun and fast. There are not a lot of technical sections and the hills are modest so you can really build up some speed. However, the dense forest provides for lots of blind turns and you never know what to expect next. The bugs can be pretty bad here even during the hottest part of the day in dry weather.

Customer Service

Check out the bikes-N-boards website for a fairly up-to-date map of this and other local trails. Even though the map is quite new you will encounter lots of unmarked single track. The double track is good for getting around but is too wide to be challenging.

Similar Products Used: Hanson Lake
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4
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4
Jeff   Weekend Warrior [Aug 25, 2007]

The single track for the most part makes for an enjoyable and easy ride. There are not many technical parts, but the trails are narrow and the dense forest makes for a lot of blind turns so you never know what's around the next corner. The hills are gradual for the most part so it's easy to move quite fast. The bugs can be quite bad here, even during the hottest part of the day in dry weather.

Customer Service

Check out the bikes-N-boards website for a fairly up-to-date map of this and other local trails. Even though the map is new you will encounter numerous unmarked single track trails. The double track is good for finding your way around but too wide to be challenging.

Similar Products Used: Hanson Lake
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4
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4
Teiger   Weekend Warrior [Oct 27, 2003]

Fun trails.This is the third time I have rode them. The single track is a good test of your low speed handling skills. There is quite a bit of new single track that has been added since I had last rode it. The new trails are very tight and twisty. This new single track is not posted on the trail head map which made for an interesting ride.

Customer Service

Clockwise. There are two new single track trails to the left of the main trail that will lead you to the majority of the single track.

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4
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3
Mel   [Sep 26, 1999]

Rode this trail once for about 1 1/2 hours. Didn't see alot but what I saw was good. Some fun singletrack and good jumps on the main trail back to the trail head. The little bit of single track I was on was somewhat technical but not overly difficult, just fun. Want to go back and explore more.

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4
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Scot   [Oct 24, 1999]

leave trail-head to left (clock-wise around ski trail) after first hill (down then up) look to left for single track, most of it is accessed from here and either loops back on itself or the main ski trail. there is a little more at just before you get back to the trail-head whicth is the most technical.

Customer Service

trail is on co. forrest land, go exploring! there is some decent double-track to be had,just to the north-west is a snowmobile trail that can be ridden for 6-7 miles either way (it crosses a swamp to the north and just gets flat & boring to the south).some trails are marked walking only where they cross roads these are OPEN to bikes, the signs were posted in the 60s (pre-mountain bike)

Similar Products Used: clear lake - north of lake tomahawk; lincoln co. atv trail- northern lincoln co. paralleling hwy. 17; underdown- between irma and gleason off hwy. J on copper lake rd.
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4
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John Lillis   [May 12, 2000]

Beautiful second growth county-forest land. Faint traces of late-19th-century logging operations remain. Hilly. Take insect repellent in summer. Good to walk in non-biking seasons. Maps can seldom be found in rack at trail's start. Being in good shape helps - not an easy trail. Note: the portion of the trail west and south of the Washburn Lake Road is confusing even with a map - it's easy to get off on snowmobile trails and get lost on this part of the trail.

Customer Service

Counterclockwise beginning at parking area N of Washburn Lake

Similar Products Used: No toilet or trashcan at trailhead.
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4
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Wm. L.   [Aug 25, 2000]

A nice place where riders with different levels of skill and fitness can show up and all have fun. Main trails are easy, and the single track has tricky spots.

Customer Service

All, but beginners or the less adventurous might like the wider paths.

Similar Products Used: Make sure you leave some $ in the donation box. It's very nice of them to dedicate some land to non-motorized use.
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4
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