Trail Conditions

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

 Washburn County

Current Trail Conditions: 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Snowmobile Trails:

All Washburn County Snowmobile Trails are closed at this time. Lower temperatures have arrived and we are hopeful that the lakes and swamps will freeze soon. Once everything has frozen up and we receive some snow, we will be getting out to groom the trails. Check back for updates!

ATV Trails:

At the present time all ATV trails in Washburn County are open with the exception of a small portion of trail in the Birchwood area. Please refer to the official ATV map for details.  

Some temporary relocations are still in place as follows:

Stony Brook Trail from Taylor Lake Road to a point approximately 2 miles east.  A detour is in place that allows trail riders to bypass extreme washouts on this trail segment.  Trail riders must follow the trail detour along Taylor Lake Road.

Trail 39 From Hamilton Road east to Spring Creek Firelane (Town of Springbrook).  Trail is detoured onto Hamilton Road and County Hwy F, due to an ATV bridge failure.

Please be aware that crews have restored trails to where the major washouts have been leveled from the heavy summer rains.  Riders may encounter some rough trails and possible trail hazards.  Please ride with caution. Volunteers are doing their best to restore washouts and keep hazards off the trail, but please report any trail damage that you encounter by calling 1-800-367-3306 or 715-635-4490. 

Washburn County does not recommend ATV travel on other forest trails or roads at this time.  Many of our firelanes and other trails suffered extreme damage from the flooding and few have been repaired.

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! 


Cross Country Ski Trails:  

See you next winter! 

Snowshoe Trails:  

See you next winter!


Fat Bike Trails:  

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

Wildcat Mountain Bike Trail: A combination of single track and double track provide for a wide variety of riding skills and experiences. The trail utilizes thousands of acres of Washburn County forest land, thanks to Washburn County Forestry Department's support of biking in the area. The trail is groomed by Wildcat Groomers and is maintained by the Wild Cat Mountain Bike Club. The majestic land the trail winds through, features mature oak, basswood, and maple stands. In addition there are sections that take you through hundreds of poplar trees that remind you of Colorado Aspen. The many acres are also dotted with glacial lakes that offer pristine viewing. You will not find any permanent building structures here as all of this land is protected-it is basically the same land, “virgin soil”, one would have found two hundred years ago. When exploring Wildcat, you will find trails that are mowed, brushed, and marked and maintained by volunteers & local trail users, that will lead you through the many miles of wilderness. Trail users will also encounter winding climbs and descents, long gravel sections and tight single track. An abundance of wildlife can be seen on most visits to the trail system. 

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

To order your ATV Trail Map, ATV Scenic Tour Brochure, Snowmobile Map or Visitor Guide:

Request Information 

CALL 1-800-367-3306 FOR TRAIL CONDITIONS 24/7 



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.