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Bayfield County Snowmobile Trails

Report by Bayfield County Tourism: November 18, 2014

  • Trail Conditions: Closed
  • Snow Cover: 6-18 inches

Area Report:
There is lots of early-season snow, but gates will NOT be opened and the trail system remains CLOSED. Trail grooming will not begin until December 1st, at the earliest. 

Technically, it is okay to ride on the Tri-County Corridor and other trails on public land, but it is your responsibility to know where public land begins and ends. If you do this, please stay on the trails, keep off private property, and ride safely. In most areas, the ground is not frozen under the snow, so there could be significant amounts of water or wet pockets on the trails. Please use caution. It is extremely important to respect the recreational easements from private landowners


Mt. Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area

Located three miles south of Bayfield, Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross-country and alpine skiing in a magnificent setting, featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. Cross-country trails cover 35 km of wilderness trails with ratings from beginner to expert. All trails are groomed and tracked as needed. The beginner’s trail is the picturesque Sugar Bush Trail. Intermediate terrain can be enjoyed on Anchor, Seagull and Raven trails. Advanced skiers can venture out on the longer 15 km loop, which combines Sugar Bush, Deer Path and Raven trails, returning to the Mt. Ashwabay chalet. Food, lounge, instruction and equipment rental are available at the chalet. The Ashwabay trails require users to purchase a daily or seasonal pass. These passes may be obtained at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet. Trail user fees and donations made to the Ashwabay Education Foundation, earmarked for cross country ski trail maintenance, will go a long way in keeping this entire network groomed for your enjoyment.

Call (715) 779-3227 for more details.

Report: November 19, 2014

Hours of Operation:

Wed: 12:00-9:00 Fri: 4:00-9:00 Sat: 9:30-4:30 Sun: 9:30-4:30

  • New Snowfall (Last 24 hours): 2 inches
  • Snowfall to date: 6-10″

Current Condtions:

Alpine: Closed // Season Opener: December 20, 2014
With all the recent snowfall, many are itching to get out on the slopes. Although we did receive a generous amount of snow, there is not nearly enough to open. The grass on the slopes is still visible, and we’ll need quite a few more inches before the hill is in any condition for skiing or snowboarding. 

XC: Base 6-10 inches variable
New snowfall (last 48hrs): 2 inches

Packed and tracked with the ginzu Sugarbush Classic.  Be careful as the groomer lost a cement block somewhere between the tin shed and the parking lot.

Packed and groomed with the ginzu Jolly Long.  There is one wet spot to be careful of on this trail.

* A small section of Deer Path was plowed to give haul-out access to loggers. While it is not currently an active hauling/logging site, please use caution. Black Bear remains ungroomed.


Pikes Creek & Jerry Jay Jolly Trails

You are about to experience the close-knit relationship between the Mt. Ashwabay Education Foundation and Bayfield County’s Departments of Tourism-Recreation and Forestry. The Star Route parking lot is the jumping off point for access to 15 more kilometers of groomed cross-county ski trails. These trails traverse the land Jerry Jay Jolly donated, and trail easements on the 160 acre parcel the family maintains to the south of Pike’s Creek.

To the south and west, the trails meander through over one thousand acres of Bayfield County Forest, Wisconsin’s Nourse Sugarbush Natural Area, and the Mt. Ashwabay Recreational Area. The Ashwabay trails, those to the 2 km south of Star Route Road access require users to purchase a daily or seasonal pass. These passes may be obtained at the Mt. Ashwabay Chalet or there is a pay box as you enter the Sugar Bush from the Jerry Jolly. Trail user fees and donations made to the Ashwabay Education Foundation, earmarked for cross country ski trail maintenance, will go a long way in keeping this entire network groomed for your enjoyment. Please contact Bayfield County at (715) 373-6114 for more details.

Report by Scott Nesvold: November 19, 2014

  • New Snow in inches: 2
  • Most Recent Grooming: 11/19/14
  • Base/Trails in inches: 6-10
  • Base/Woods in inches:
  • Open Trails: 8
  • KM Open:
  • Km groomed for Skating:
  • Km groomed for Classic:


Today: Seagull, Anchor, Rollercoaster, and Telford got groomed and tracked.


Madeline Island – Ice Road Access

Last Updated: November 20, 2014

The Ice Road is Closed

2014 Van/Windsled Schedule.


Monday – Friday
Trips leaving the Island: 7:10am, 9:00am, 11:30am, 3:45pm, & 4:30pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 7:20am, 9:30am, 1:00pm, 4:00pm, & 5:00pm

Trips leaving the Island: 9:00am 11:30am, & 4:00pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 9:15am, 12:15pm, & 4:15pm

Trips leaving the Island: 9:00am, 12:00pm, & 4:00pm
Trips leaving Bayfield: 9:15am, 12:15pm, & 4:15pm

For Van/Windsled information call 715-747-5400

Call 715-747-5400 before traveling and for updated conditions.


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – Ice Caves

Report by Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: November 20, 2014

Cave Conditions: NOT Accessible

The Lake Superior Ice Caves are currently closed.

Snowmobiling and ATV use is not permitted within 1/4 mile of the mainland from Saxine Creek to Sand Point.

The most up-to-date information on ice conditions is always available on the Apostle Islands ice line: (715) 779-3397 x3.

For additional information click here to visit the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Sea Caves website.


Ashland County Snowmobile Trails

Report by Mary McPhetridge: November 17, 2014

  • Trail Conditions: Closed
  • Snow Cover: 8-10 inches

Area Report:
The snowmobile trails throughout Ashland County are CLOSED. The trails may open on Dec. 10, 2014, weather permitting.

Please check this website for detailed reports. Starting in December, you may call the Snowmobile Report hotline at 1-800-284-9484.

News & Events:

In addition to snowmobiling, Ashland offers cross-country skiing, hiking, snowshoeing, ice fishing, and sledding. And be sure to check our website,, for information on our upcoming outdoor events.

Mt Valhalla Winter Sports Area – Chequamegon-Nicolet Nat’l Forest

Ten miles west of Washburn, on County C, is the Valhalla Winter Sports Area nestled in the Chequamegon National Forest, offering two sets of cross-country ski trails developed and groomed by the U.S. Forest Service. The three Valkyrie loops run through red and jack pine forests, with magnificent views of the area on the Sun Bowl Loop. The Teton Ski Trail also features three loops in a mixed birch and maple forest with a roller coaster near the end of loop “B”. County C runs between Valkyrie and Teton with parking area and rustic chalet on the Teton side of C. Please contact the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest office in Washburn at (715) 373-2667 ext 238 for more details.

Report: November 14, 2014

The reports on the current trail conditions throughout the Washburn Ranger District:

Mount Valhalla Cross-Country Ski Trails:
The arrival of the first major snow storm has many recreation enthusiasts ready to hit the trails, but trails on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest aren’t quite ready. With the new snow the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest will be working to prep the trails for the entire season and opening them to users when conditions are appropriate.

Trail Options:
Two sets of trails: Teuton – three loops 3.5 to 6.6 km, more/most difficult, skate/classic; Valkyrie – three loops 1.7 to 10 km, easy to more difficult, classic only.


Bayfield Sled Dog Trails

November 20, 2014

Base: N/A

No reports at this time. Check back soon.


Snowshoe Trails

If skiing isn’t quite your cup of tea, but you are still looking to explore the beautiful trails the Bayfield area has to offer at this time of year, snowshoeing is always a great adventure.

The Brownstone Trail

The trail runs along an old railroad bed which skirts the lakeshore just south of Bayfield. Trailhead access is at the kiosk on Third Street, kitty-corner from Maggie’s Restaurant. You’ll enjoy splendid views of Madeline Island, see people ice-fishing in the Chequamegon Bay and enjoy the sights and sounds of winter in Bayfield.

The Ravine Snowshoe Trail

The trail travels uphill along the steep, hemlock-studded rim of the big ravine. Take young children by the hand! Trailhead access is on 4th Street uphill to the Bayfield School. Turn left on Sweeny Avenue and park at the baseball field. The trail is behind the fence to the right. This trail is also enjoyed by cross country skiers please do not snowshoe on the two track. Also a part of this trail system is the Iron Bridge Nature Trail. This magical winding trail is for sure footed hikers and follows the ravine creek under the old Iron Bridge and uphill to a rocky grotto with small waterfall. Pick up the trail at the Iron Bridge located at 3rd Street and Rice Avenue.

Jerry Jay Jolly – Pikes Creek Trail Network

Just South of Bayfield off State Hwy 13. Take County Hwy J to Star Route Road 2 1/4 miles to the parking lot on the left. This trail hooks up with the Mt Ashwabay ski trails which require a fee so please watch where you are and please stay off of the groomed ski track.

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

The center allows guest to check out snow shoes and snowshoe on the trails behind the center.

Houghton Falls

3.5 miles north of Washburn on State Hwy 13. Turn on Houghton Falls Road and go 1/2 mile to Houghton Falls Nature Preserve parking lot on our right. There is currently no fee for hiking or parking and pets are allowed if leashed and cleaned up after!

The North Country National Scenic Trail

Snowshoe the trail and experience winter views throughout the Rainbow Wilderness Area or portions of the National Forest near Lake Owen. This trail is not groomed, but is marked with blue blazes.