Spring Hiking Hot Spots
Lauren Seifert, Washburn County Staff Writer
The snow and ice have gone away in Washburn County which means the wildlife and vegetation are starting to 'spring' back to life. Now is the perfect time to lace up those hiking boots and venture into the great outdoors to hit up some of the exceptional hiking hot spots that Washburn County had to offer!
First up is the Tuscobia Trail is a 65-mile abandoned railroad grade trail that starts in Rice lake and runs through Barron, Washburn, Sawyer, and Price counties, ultimately ending up in Park falls. This multi-use trail welcomes a variety of recreational enthusiasts and is dog friendly if you have your animal on a leash. The trial also offers access to two campgrounds for those thinking of taking a couple of days to explore the trail and hit up all the historical sites along the way.
Next on my go-to hiking list is Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, located in Sarona near Long Lake. This is a stunning 600-acre nature reserve that boasts 13 miles of trails ranging in difficulty and distance. The sanctuary offers incredible views of sprawling prairies, dense forests, cool meadows, and bogs. The multi-loop trails also provide ample opportunities to spot Northwoods wildlife in their natural habitat, as well as providing striking views of four glacial lakes.
Check out Stone Lake’s Wetland Park, a beautiful 17+ acre property that boasts gorgeous trails that meander through the cool wetland area that offers plenty of opportunities to take in alluring Northwoods scenery. Dogs are also welcome here on a leash, and there is a picturesque pergola nestled along the trail providing the perfect spot to stop and take a break in during your hike.
Don’t forget to stop and explore the Totogatic Trail located 2 miles North of Minong. Serving as a multiple-loop cross-country ski trail in the winter, this trail system offers you plenty of different options to explore that range in difficulty. The Trail, part of Washburn County’s forest lands, is filled with red and white pines as well as scenic tamarack and spruce bogs. The terrain ranges from flat to rolling hills and is sure to have you wanting to come back to explore more.
These are just a few of the many sensationally scenic hiking trails located here in Washburn County. For more ideas for hiking adventures in our breathtaking part of the Wisconsin Northwoods check out our outdoors hiking page.
About the Author: Lauren moved to Washburn County about three years ago and has absolutely fallen in love with the area. She currently resides in Shell Lake where she enjoys spending her free time paddle boarding, kayaking and boating with family & friends.