Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tons of Snow

Copper Lake Road:

  • Ski Trails: Groomed and tracked beautifully, except for Loop Road as of Thursday.
  • Snowshoe Trails: Tracks at least to Dog Lake.  Lakes are solid and bog bumps are filling in.  Challenging fat biking by this weekend.
Heineman Road Dells Loop:

  • Great snowshoeing right now!
  • Marginal fat biking on snowmobile track.  Drifting above the marsh.  Grooming will resume Saturday once the track sets up enough to allow the machine to pull something.  Sunday looks promising for a nice ride.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Northwoods Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance Snowshoe Hike

Saturday January 28, 2017
10:00 A.M. 

The Northwoods Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will host  a
guided snowshoe hike in the Underdown area of the Lincoln County Forest on Saturday,  January 28, 2017 starting at 10:00 A.M.   Meet at the  Underdown Recreation Parking Lot on Copper Lake Road.

Come and enjoy the wonderful landscape created by the Great Wisconsin Glacier about ten
thousand years ago.  A UW geology and geophysics professor described the Underdown as a
“world class hummocky feature” of glacial topography.  In simpler terms, the area has swamps,
lakes, bogs and hills abundantly.

The snowshoe trail layout and design has been done by chapter member, Chris Schotz. The trail
is well marked and packed.  Hikers can chose between distances of one to four hours depending 
on your ability, experience and endurance.  The trail is “moderately difficult”.  Bring your
snowshoes, drink and weather appropriate clothing.

Hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies and a blazing fire will await you after the hike.  There is no charge for this event.  Donations to the chapter will be accepted.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Great Weekend Coming

Copper Lake Road
Underdown Ski Trails:  Groomed and tracked including Loop Road which is groomed wide for skating.
Underdown Snowshoe Trails: No more slush because it's COLD.

  • Big Bog Loop (3.5 miles): Solid and interesting - a technical fat bike ride.  Coyotes were finishing a deer on the Bumpy Bog.
  • Dog Lake (5.5 miles): Tracks - a tougher fat bike ride.
  • Mist Lake (8.5 miles): Adventure
Heinemann Road
  • The Dells Loop is riding well on fat bikes.  Snowshoes welcome.
The Ice Age Trail Snowshoe Hike will start at 10AM from Copper Lake Road on Saturday, January 28th.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Out in the Snow

Underdown from Copper Lake Road:

  • Snowshoe paradise with tracks to Dog Lake.  Lakes are solid.
  • Not ready for fat bikes or skis yet.
  • Parking lot just got plowed.
Dells Loop from Heineman Road:
  • Beautifully ready for fat bikes and snowshoes.
  • Group ride Tuesday at 5:30.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Snow Time

The Dells Loop and Connector trail were well ridden in on fat bikes yesterday.  Grooming should start this week after more snow and a good freeze.  Be careful on the Underdown lakes until they are good and solid.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

We won't be waiting long for snow!

There might be a group ride on Thursday, but after that it's time to give the Underdown trails a break until December.  Let them freeze solid and let the hunters have some space.

It's been a great year with volunteers putting in 288 hours of work on the county trails in addition to a comparable amount on the city property!  On to the Hundred Down!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Coyote Cross Enduro and Ghost Ride

Saturday, October 29th at the Merrill Memorial Forest on Heinemann Road
A free ride and gathering

5PM Classes

  • 5 and 10 miles
  • Drop bar bikes with tires 40mm and skinnier
  • Mountain bikes
7PM Ghost ride and squatch hunt