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

Monday, September 12, 2016

2016 Thunderdown in the Underdown and WEMS Championship

October 8th, 2016

NEW LOCATION: 95% of this year's 11 mile course has never been raced.  You will want to stop and admire the views!  You will want to ride the descents over and over!

Find the Merrill Memorial Forest by taking Heinemann Road for 2.5 miles west from Highway 17 or County R 3.5 miles east from County K.
Registration: 8AM or Registration
10 Hour Race: 10AM (Finish before 8PM. Bring a light.)
6 Hour Race: 1PM
3 Hour Race: 3PM

Camping will be allowed this weekend.
Racer Refreshment: Chili, cookies, and Festbier!
Awards: Pints and Growlers to category winners!
Giant Giveaway: Be there for the huge racer-selected prize package sponsored by Giant.
Additional Goodies from Hammer Nutrition and Silent Sports!

Thunderdown Cup: Sign up your town by 3PM.  Which town will turn the most laps?  Will the cup return to Wausau or stay up in Rhinelander?

Course: This brand new course will incorporate the 5.1 mile Dells Loop in the Merrill Memorial Forest before taking rustic Horn Lake Road to the enhanced Oktoberfest heights and returning over the extensive hills on the 2.2 mile connector. VIDEO

Sights: Prairie Dells Gorge!  Marvelous Manthei Marsh! Twenty Turn Ice Ridge Descent!

Other Events:
October 1st: 10AM Trail Grand Opening and Ice Age Trail Fall Hike at the Merrill Memorial Forest
October 1st: 2PM to 6PM Lincoln Lager Barleyfest at the Smith Center in Merrill
October 2nd: 10AM Group Ride at Merrill Memorial Forest
October 7th, 8th and 9th: 10AM to 5PM Northwoods Art Tour  Visit local artists including the bike inspired jewelry of the Outback Studio in Irma.
October 29th: 5PM Prairie Dells Coyote-Cross Enduro Ghost Ride
2017: Hundred Down in the Underdown, BURGR 95, Fork Horners 47, TTT 103, Run Around the Underdown

Great Food nearby: Just follow Heinemann Road east all the way to County X to find Fork Horners just a bit south.  This is what you deserve after a day on the trail.
Great Snacks and Bulk Food nearby: Follow Highway 17 north through Gleason to Prairie Pines Country Store.

Monday, August 8, 2016

This is how it all comes together!

At least that's a rough map of all 30 or so miles.  A work in progress, but Grand Opening this October!


The Underdown trails will be connected to the Prairie Dells in some form on Wednesday!  A good amount of hand work will remain.  Grand opening October 1st!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

To the Dells and Back

Merrill Memorial Forest: Take Heineman Road west from 17 about a mile south of Bloomville, or take Spring Lake Road east from County K about 6 miles north of Merrill.

The new trail is in all the way to Prairie Dells and back.  About half is still a rough bike ride and boardwalks have yet to be built, but it's a great hike for exploring.  Find the Merrill Memorial Forest on Heineman Road south of the Underdown.
And the DNR just started closing the spillway so the marsh will be filling and the birds will be happy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


  • A silver mini-pump was lost while wrestling a tree off the trail.  If found please put it in the bike map box.
  • The Underdown-Dells trail is ready to ride from the trail head to the clear cut hill except for the 100' boardwalk we should build in August.  Root cutters should work from the milk truck to the Dells.
  • Ride the BURGR95 or Fork Horners 47 this Saturday!  It's customer appreciation day at Fork Horners so there will be specials and a band.
  • Next group work day on the Underdown-Dells project at the Merrill Memorial Forest is July 30th, but come and go as you please any day you want to cut roots.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Hike to the Dells

The trail is machined all the way from the trail head to the dramatic overlooks of Prairie Dells.  Root cutting and grade work are appreciated.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Hike the Marsh Loop

You could ride it too, but there is some finishing to do and a long boardwalk to install. Either way, it's beautiful.  Take the new trail all the way along the Manthei Marsh to the top of the clear but hill where you will reach the grass road.  A left will take you to the short levee and railroad causeway that completes the loop.