Sunday, January 22, 2017

Melting, but not Melted

Underdown trails are soft, but there is still plenty of snow.
  • Ski trails are tracked.
  • Snowshoe trails have tracks all the way around the Mist Lake loop with new sign posts in place across the Long Bog. 
  • The Prairie Dells loop is waiting for a freeze to be a great ride again.
UNDERDOWN TRAIL WEEKEND next weekend has a great forecast.
Saturday 10AM: Guided snowshoe hikes from Copper Lake Road from one to four hours.
Sunday 10AM: Fat bike ride from Copper Lake Road.
Underdown ski trails and Prairie Dells fat bike trails open all weekend.

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.