Red Cedar State Trail North

Menomonie, Wisconsin

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Menomonie may be a small city, but it is a city nonetheless. You will be amazed at how quickly you can escape it on the Red Cedar State Trail. The abandoned railroad grade runs within sight of its namesake river for most of the distance to Downsville. It is a fast flowing river that freezes only in the coldest part of winter. You’ll have a good chance at spotting a bald eagle soaring above open water, hoping to swoop down and clutch an unwary fish. Between Menomonie and Irvington the two-way trail skirts rock faces dressed in frozen waterfalls from dripping meltwater. Surface quality: Groomed periodically, double tracked, skate lane. Fees: yes.
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by Phil Van Valkenberg (The Globe Pequot Press)

Menomonie may be a small city, but it is a city nonetheless. You will be amazed at how quickly you can escape it on the Red Cedar State Trail. The abandoned railroad grade runs within sight of its namesake river for most of the distance to Downsville. It is a fast flowing river that freezes only in the coldest part of winter. You’ll have a good chance at spotting a bald eagle soaring above open water, hoping to swoop down and clutch an unwary fish.

Between Menomonie and Irvington the two-way trail skirts rock faces dressed in frozen waterfalls from dripping meltwater. Surface quality: Groomed periodically, double tracked, skate lane. Fees: yes.

©  Phil Van Valkenberg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Menomonie
Distance: 15.6
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 250 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Cedar State Trail North

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