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I have a pretty good knowledge of WI trails, and I have never heard of it before, nor have I ever seen it mentioned on this board or other WI MTB boards. Since they have it mapped out, it must exist. I'm guessing it's more of a XC ski network that they label as MTB too.

Anyone actually ride this network?
 

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Hey thanks for the reply. A bunch of friends and I will be going up there at the end of July to do some white-water(?) rafting. I figured since the place claims to have decent mtb trails, I may as well bring the bike and see how decent they might be. I'll have to post back here, after we make it out there. Later.
 

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Actually, there is a whole network of great singletrack forming ( around 9+ miles and counting) just across HWY 55 to the east of the Bear Paw. Some easy stuff on each end, but the loop has some pretty sweet techy ridge riding deep in the forest. Not too many people are aware about these trails, but that will soon change I'm sure.

I have not ridden there yet, but I was told the Bear Paw does have a mile or three of singletrack. Basically a hiking trail that bikers can use. The rest is classical/skate ski trails.

Not too sure how much "white water" you will find. We went for a dip in the Wolf River after our bike and the water levels were pretty low.
 

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Bear Paw

there is about 3 miles of single track at the Bear Paw plus a bunch of logging roads. It is all fun to ride. However, there much more single track across hwy 55.

From the Bear Paw, a person can ride 2.5 miles of logging road to the newly created trails in the Nicolet National Forest. check at the Bear Paw first, because if you access the Nicolet trails (we haven't named them yet), from the Bear Paw you need to cross private property. So far they have been cool about it, but check. There are 3 other access points, Bear Paw will have info.

There are two out and back connector trails and a loop. If you leave from the Bear Paw and ride everything you will have put on about 19.5 miles.

note, the Bear Paw also has the best food in the area. also, the river levels are rain dependent.

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Is the Bear Paw you guys are discussing also serve as a Boy Scout camp? Just curious as I recall attending a place by that name many years ago when I was part of the 'pack'! I know the camp was north of Green Bay, and that's about it.

This whole Nicolet Nat. Forest network is sounding better every week. If I lived closer I would have hit it by now, but I'm trying to plan some sort of weekend trip to visit it before fall. If there are any planned group rides coming up, please post it up. Thanks.
 

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bear paw

Ha, if you'd have ridden it sooner it wouldn't have been done. :)
There is a Bear Paw Scout camp East of Mountain. In fact, a young man from that camp has told me of his intentions of doing his Eagle project on this trail, extending it North of hwy 64 a mile and a half. differ scouts have been a big help in building and doing spring cleaning of this trail.

To answer your question, this is not the same Bear Paw. The Bear Paw being referenced is 12 miles West of Mountain. There is a Scout camp directly to the South this Bear Paw, Camp Gardner Dam.

There is a group ride on Thursday evenings, 6 pm at the Bear Paw. they ride differ areas each week throughout the Summer.

there are at least 6 campgrounds in the area. the best being Boulder Lake and the Bear paw,(which also has rooms, huts, and an inn). So don't be shy about making the trip. If you go and have good time riding, please post a review here.
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Hey dudes,

Thanks for the great replies. Well I guess I'll find out how decent the place is, once I get there later this month. I spoke to someone at Bear Paw, over the phone, and he basically said the same thing about how they're constantly doing work on their trails. He also mentioned the trails across from the resort on the otherside of Hwy 55, just as TrailPlanner had mentioned. Really looking forward to checking the place out. Again, thanks for the replies.
 

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Bear Paw/Nicolet Nat'l Forest - This place is SWEET!!!

This weekend, some of the buddies and I were up in White Lake, WI, so we figured we'd check-out the MTB trails in the Nicolet Nat'l Forest. Let me start-off by saying, "THESE TRAILS ARE FRICKIN' AWESOME!!!" What sucks though, is that I realized too late that I forgot to pack my camera in my Camelback.:madman: Anyways, the trail is an on-going work-in-progress by a guy named Charlie Johnson, and his crew of volunteers. There's even a local Boyscout troop that participates in the maintenance and building of the trails. Thumbs-up to all of them! Well, because this trail system is relatively new, the trail hasn't been officially named, yet. But it consists of two out and back connector trails and a loop. If you leave from the Bear Paw and ride everything, you will have put on about 19.5 miles. That's a helluva ride on some of the sweetest flowing singletrack Wisconsin has to offer, and enough technical stuff to put even some of the most experienced riders' skills to the test!!! And if you think riding over logs is fun, keep an eye out for the 'Psych-Test'! Basically it's a 4 ft. boulder that you ride up and over. SWEET!!! ;)

I'll be posting a copy of the map sometime soon, but until then, anyone interested in a copy can send me a pm w/ your email address, and I'll send it right away. Later….
 
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