Flambeau River State Forest

Phillips, Wisconsin

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The mountain bike trails in the Flambeau River State Forest were dedicated in 1990 to David Klug and took on his name the same year. Klug was the Assistant State Forest Supervisor, instrumental in trail development and an individual as interested in the exploration of nature on cross-country skis as is any mountain biker on their bicycle. The trail system found here is quite extensive, stretching from County Highway W all the way to the small town of Oxbo and beyond along the northern fork of the Flambeau River. The area is very swampy and water collects in the low-lying areas even in the driest part of the season, especially in trail sections that skirt along the edges of the river. The terrain is very hilly and, though no major climbs are found, it is the sheer number of climbs that will exhaust most riders. The trails are bumpy throughout, not well-ridden enough to have a singletrack path worn into them, and it is difficult to gain momentum. Riders will earn every inch of ground through pedal strokes, not speed built from downhills or previous hard cranking.
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by Colby Thor Waller (Falcon Guides)

The mountain bike trails in the Flambeau River State Forest were dedicated in 1990 to David Klug and took on his name the same year. Klug was the Assistant State Forest Supervisor, instrumental in trail development and an individual as interested in the exploration of nature on cross-country skis as is any mountain biker on their bicycle. The trail system found here is quite extensive, stretching from County Highway W all the way to the small town of Oxbo and beyond along the northern fork of the Flambeau River.

The area is very swampy and water collects in the low-lying areas even in the driest part of the season, especially in trail sections that skirt along the edges of the river. The terrain is very hilly and, though no major climbs are found, it is the sheer number of climbs that will exhaust most riders. The trails are bumpy throughout, not well-ridden enough to have a singletrack path worn into them, and it is difficult to gain momentum. Riders will earn every inch of ground through pedal strokes, not speed built from downhills or previous hard cranking.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Phillips
Distance: 18.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: The trails are open to mountain bikers when snow is not present and cross-country skiers are unable to use the paths. In summer the heat can be oppressive, especially in the swampy areas and in the high grass, where the heat seems to hang around the most. Fall is the best time of year.
Local Contacts: Rusk County Trail Association, Flambeau River State Forest, Wisconsin Department of Tourism, and WORBA.
Local Maps: The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Kerman NW and Oxbo.
Driving Directions: Directions to Flambeau River State Forest

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