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Just east of Lakewood.
Grooming: Classic & skate. Multiple loop trail system.
Snowshoe Trails: Yes (shared trail)
A gorgeous trail system, the Lakewood Ski Trail's main feature is the Blue Trail, a two-way, 20.5 kilometer, point-2-point trail with an 8-10 foot wide skating lane and a classic track. This is mostly an intermediate trail with two loops for beginners and several sections for experts through rolling terrain. The scenery throughout is typical northwoods, varied and beautiful!
The Blue Trail starts at the McCauslin Brook Golf Course at the clubhouse parking lot which is plowed regularily. An info kiosk for the Lakewood Ski Trails marks the beginning of the trail. The entire trail system offers six access points with parking lots. The three main access points are: at the aforementioned Golf Club clubhouse, on Old Highway 32, and on County F at the intersection with Riverside Rd.
Beginners will especially enjoy the Red Loop (Hwy 32 parking lot), which starts out in a red pine plantation, then meanders through leafless stands of aspen, birch, and mixed hardwoods. There's plenty of trail for intermediates with numerous cutoffs that can be used to form small loop routes as well as to avoid more difficult terrain. Advanced skiers will enjoy the two "bookend" loops of the Blue Trail; be sure to try the loop formed by the Black, Blue, and Gold Trails at the northeast end of the trail system. This segment is challenging and very scenic.
A quick note: the latest trail map online (2008/2009 edition) shows Gold Loop as beginner, it should be rated as intermediate (there are a few hills). And Red Loop, off Old Highway 32 Rd, should be rated as beginner. The paper maps at the info kiosks at all of the trailheads will have the latest and more accurate trail ratings.
The entire trail system lies within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Florence Ranger District.
PARTNERSHIP / TRAIL MANAGEMENT
Donation box at all of the trailheads.
Parking (all trailheads), port-a-potty (Old Hwy 32 parking lot only)
On-Site Equipment Rentals: No.
IN THE AREA
Motels, resorts, food, & gas (Lakewood).
McCauslin Brook GC Trailhead: From the intersection of Hwy 32 and County F in Lakewood, go east on County F for 1.6 miles and turn south (right) onto Clubhouse Lane. Take the next right turn (west) to the Golf Course clubhouse parking lot.
Old Highway 32 Trailhead: From the intersection of Hwy 32 and County F in Lakewood, go east on County F for 2.0 miles and veer right onto Old Highway 32 Rd. Continue on Old Highway 32 Rd for 0.7 mile to the trailhead parking lot entrance on the east side of the road.
County F Trailhead: From the intersection of Hwy 32 and County F in Lakewood, go east on County F for 4.5 miles to W Riverside Rd, the County F Trailhead parking lot is on the north side of the road, at the intersection.
Website: Lakewood Ski Trails
Phone: 715.276.5678 (Ski Trail Hotline, latest conditions)
Phone: 715.362.1300 (Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Lakewood-Laona District HQ)