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Washburn Lake Trails

Washburn Lake Tail map.

Rhinelander is the home of the Hodag,
the fearsome monster of forest and bog. Encounters have been few, but there would be no better place to spot one than on these deep-forest trails. On the other hand, you'll be having so much fun you might not see a Hodag even if it was trying to hitch a ride.

Thanks to a variety of terrain, the Oneida County Forest trails have long been popular with cross country skiers. Now, the addition of single track trails for mountain biking make them even more fun for skilled riders. It's Midwest single track at its finest: narrow passages with lots of tight turns, sudden grade changes and enough rocks and roots to make riding a technical challenge. Laid out on an assortment of old doubletrack logging roads and specially cut cross-country ski trails.

Address - Rhinelander, WI, 54501, Telephone Number(s) Voice: 715-369-6140

Days of Operation - Recreation & Attractions availability dates: Open year round

Interest Categories - Recreation & Attractions, Biking, Mountain Biking, Cross Country Skiing, Cross Country Ski Trails.

Amenities and Services - Mountain Biking: Distance: 5.5 miles on wide XC trails; 3 miles on single track trails.  Difficulty: Mostly moderate with some difficult climbs on the XC trails; quite technical on most of the single track.  Surface Type: Grassy XC trails with a hard pack track and deadhead rocks; forest floor, rocks, roots, and loose surface on the single track. 

Signage: Brown-and-white mountain bike signs for one-way travel on XC trails. Trailhead Location(s): Roadside parking lot on Washburn Lake Road, 2.3 miles north of Hwy. 8 (turn north off of Hwy. 8 onto Crescent Road, make an immediate left on county N and travel .8 miles to Washburn Lake Road.)

Note: Trails may be closed during extremely wet periods. Caution: The trail is also used by hikers. Always yield to pedestrians and don't spook animals - even Hodags.

Cross Country Ski Trails - Ski Trails Available: Wooded/Hilly/Tracked/Groomed, Ski Skating Permitted, X-C Ski Amenities: Shelter.