Trail Conditions

Trail Conditions for Washburn County, Wisconsin-ATV, Cross Country Ski, Snowshoe, Mountain Bike, Fat Bike, Snowmobile

 Washburn County

Current Trail Conditions: 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Snowmobile Trails:

Most Washburn County snowmobile trails are open at this time.  Trail conditions are poor to fair with a 2 to 4 inch snow base, but will likely deteriorate throughout the weekend due to the unseasonably warm weather and rain we are receiving.  As always, please ride with caution; Some minor trail segments may be rough, due to thin snow coverage.

Trail 140 from Spooner - west to the junction with trail 7A is currently closed.  Access to Burnett County on trail 140 can be achieved via trail 7A at Trego; 7A west to 7A south to trail 140 west to Burnett County.  Please refer to an official Washburn County Snowmobile trail map.

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Fat Bike Trails:  

Spooner City Park (College Street): Enjoy 4 miles of fat bike trails. 

Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail: 1/17/17- Recently, The Wildcat Fat Bike Trails East of Spooner have been groomed, the trails are still soft but should firm up as the weather transitions. During the predicted warm weather, evening and morning rides are advised... please don't ride if the temps are above freezing, as possible damage could be done to the trails.

Visit the fat bike trail page for an up to date map of the new fat bike trail system. Enjoy!

 Cross Country Ski Trails:  

Spooner City Park (College Street): 1/17/17- Very good to excellent classic/stride and skate skiing can be found at Spooner City Park. The skate lane was groomed this morning, the trails are level, have good coverage, and there is a good firm track. Currently, the snow is warming and skiing during the middle of the day may cause some damage to the trails. During the predicted warm days, the best skiing can be found in the mornings and evenings

Beaver Brook Trails: 1/17/17- Very good to excellent stride/classic skiing can be found out at Beaver Brook Ski Trails. This dog-friendly ski trail offers tracks that are level and firm with some glazing. During the predicted warm weather, morning and evening skiing should be good.
Nordic Woods Ski Trail: 1/18/17- Nordic Trails are open with a 4 - 6 inch snow base.  Trail conditions are fair at this time.  Trails were last groomed on Wednesday, January 11th.  No additional trail grooming is planned, until the current warm temperatures subside.  Please note that the south segments of the Nordic Ski Trail system are closed at this time, due to ongoing timber harvest activities.  The Hwy 70 parking lot and the north loop do remain open.
Totogatic Ski Trail:1/18/17- Trail system is open with a 4 - 6 inch snow base.  Trail conditions are fair at this time. Trails were last groomed on Wednesday, January 11th.  No additional trail grooming is planned, until the current warm temperatures subside. 

Snowshoe Trails:  

Heartwood- Groomed on 1/12/17 and in excellent condition. There is an activity fee $5 for non-guests.

Winter ATV Use:  

All official ATV trails are considered open to year round use, with the exception of the spring closure from April 1 through the first Friday before Memorial Weekend.

Most snowmobile trails, on Washburn County Forest lands, are open for motor vehicle use under 900 pounds from December 1 through April 1. This means that ATV's are permitted on snowmobile trails that are not on private lands during the winter months. UTV's are allowed on these same trails ONLY during non-groomed conditions. Please note that the April 1 closure is flexible and may close earlier depending on conditions.

Washburn County Forest lands are designated as a gray background on the official Washburn County Snowmobile / ATV map.

Land use agreements with private landowners for snowmobile trails do not permit the use of ATV's at any time of the year.

ATV Trails that are open will remain open unless the fire danger reaches "Very High" or higher. Please refer to this link to check out the current fire danger:

Washburn County is home to the ATV Scenic Tour, highlighting over 35 points of interest along the 100+ mile ATV system. Find out more about the scenic tour here. For assistance in planning your ATV getaway to Washburn County, visit our "Request Information" page and order your ATV map, scenic tour brochure and more!


Off-Highway Motorcycles:

Motorcycles Prohibited on Washburn County Trails

September 28, 2016 - Much confusion is centered around the October 1, 2016 potential allowances for Off-Highway Motorcycles on state funded ATV trails.  Per County Ordinance, all Washburn County ATV trails are closed to two-wheel motorcycles.  This closure affects all ATV trails, including the Wild Rivers State Trail.

Bike Trails:  

Washburn County Area Bike Report: Mountain bikers out at Wildcat will see lush conditions with plenty of ferns and green undergrowth, lots of dragonflies but bugs are not too bad.. there are a couple trees down that volunteers will need to cut but the trails are generally in good shape. Russ Tripp added more map signs so navigation should be easier. Spooner City Park is in good shape as well, you can access the six miles of single track from the elementary school, high school soccer fields, behind the middle school storage garage, from the water tower, or from behind the picnic pavilion in the park. Road riding has ramped up with Tuesday's 5:30 Alley Cat rides, these are usually no drop rides and at times two groups will form for everyone's riding ability... helmets, water bottles, spare tubes/pump and road bikes are recommended. Rehydrate at Alley Cats, Dock Coffee or any other other fine Spooner area needs...see Saw This in Spooner as well...enjoy! 



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All Washburn County Snowmobile Trails remain open at this time with good snow conditions.  Forecast for the coming week calls for warm temperatures and likely significant melting.  Trail conditions report will be updated sometime later today.