Washburn Trails

Rhinelander, Wisconsin

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The Washburn Trails are a great location to head for when the crowds are getting thick at some of the more well-known northeastern Wisconsin trails. These are less well known and yet offer some excellent singletrack riding on a rather simply designed course. The trails are always under development and expansion; they consist mostly of rough dirt paths blazed by local riders across the network of established trails. The main trails are ridden on wide grass paths with single- and doubletrack running over them. This portion of the network covers approximately 7 miles and, though it is the easiest of the terrain found here, has its share of fast descents and climbs. Picking a good line around the erosion on the climbs is necessary. The entire system is set in a dense hardwood forest over a series of rolling hills. Like most of the surrounding area, the hills were formed by glaciers and are pock-marked throughout with kettles and kames. Elevation Change: The entire set of trails is on one large hill with climbs on the front side leading up to the singletrack. The climbing is seldom more than 40 feet with most coming in short spurts of 10 to 20 feet of elevation.
Mountain Biking Wisconsin

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Mountain Biking Wisconsin

by Colby Thor Waller (Falcon Guides)

The Washburn Trails are a great location to head for when the crowds are getting thick at some of the more well-known northeastern Wisconsin trails. These are less well known and yet offer some excellent singletrack riding on a rather simply designed course. The trails are always under development and expansion; they consist mostly of rough dirt paths blazed by local riders across the network of established trails. The main trails are ridden on wide grass paths with single- and doubletrack running over them. This portion of the network covers approximately 7 miles and, though it is the easiest of the terrain found here, has its share of fast descents and climbs. Picking a good line around the erosion on the climbs is necessary.

The entire system is set in a dense hardwood forest over a series of rolling hills. Like most of the surrounding area, the hills were formed by glaciers and are pock-marked throughout with kettles and kames. Elevation Change: The entire set of trails is on one large hill with climbs on the front side leading up to the singletrack. The climbing is seldom more than 40 feet with most coming in short spurts of 10 to 20 feet of elevation.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Rhinelander
Distance: 7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Specific dates are not available but the trail is shared with cross-country skiers and becomes their trail from the first snowfall until the spring thaw. In summer the trails are not maintained and the singletrack can become very overgrown. Autumn is probably the best time of year to ride.
Local Contacts: Rhinelander Chamber of Commerce 715-385-2400, Wisconsin Department of Tourism 608-266-2161, and Wisconsin Off-Road Bike Association 608-222-5608.
Local Maps: The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Rhinelander. This book is the only source of maps.
Driving Directions: Directions to Washburn Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2013
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First, it isn't free. Trail fees are $5.00 for one day, $20.00 per year. Second, bring your bug repellent. After that, ride and have fun. The singletrack was more than I could deal with--too steep to stay on the bike. It was a great hiking trail, though. The road section was plenty steep itself, but you had a better chance of staying in the pedals. It also had a lot of nice sweeping downhill sections.



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