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North End Cross Country Ski Trails
Bayfield County Forest, Wisconsin Trail Guide

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Novice: ~
Intermediate: 26.6k
Advanced: ~
Grooming: C+S
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Trail Review


South of Cable.


Grooming: Classic & skate. Multiple loop trail system.
Snowshoe Trails: Yes, separate trail system.


This is a wonderful trail system through a gorgeous northwoods setting. The trails wander over small hills and glacial ridges through a scenic forest of mixed hardwoods: birch, oak, and maple trees; and numerous stands of conifers: red and white pines, spruce, and balsam fir.

There are two trails here for cross-country skiing (not including the Birkie), the North End Trail and the North End Classic Trail. The North End Trail is 13.1 km long with two shorter cutoff loops and is groomed for classic and skate. The North End Classic Trail is 13.5 km long and groomed for classic only with numerous cutoff options. Both trails intersect repeatedly with each other and the Birkie Trail and Telemark Trails to create a massive trail system. Due to the hilly terrain, both North End trails are suitable for those of at least intermediate skills.

Grooming on the North End Trails is excellent and timely. There is a parking lot, warming building, and outhouse at the trail head.

There 12.7 km of snowshoe trails, including the Ojibwe Trail.

“The snowshoe trails were established specifically for snowshoeing and are mapped and marked. There are three loops offering from a short 1.1 mile hike to hikes of almost 6 miles. The trails use a combination of old woods roads and rustic single track trail. They travel mostly cross country and take you deep into the woods. The terrain is varied, but not extremely difficult.”


Bayfield County Forest


North End Ski Club
American Birkebeiner Ski Foundation


Daily (per vehicle): $10
Annual (per vehicle): $50


Parking, restrooms, heated warming cabin.
On-Site Equipment Rentals: No.


Retail sporting goods, equipment rentals (Hayward), motels, resorts, food, & gas (Cable, Hayward).


From the intersection of County Highway M and Randysek Rd in Cable, drive south on Randysek Rd for 2.0 miles to the North End Trailhead parking lot.


Website: North End Ski Club
Phone: 715.798.3599 (North End Ski Club)

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