- Thanks to places like the CAMBA Trails, Wisconsin is changing the Midwest’s biking reputation. Photo credit: Sharon Green
CAMBA Trails In Northwest Wisconsin:
Cyclists often overlook the Midwest as a mountain biking destination. But with spots like the 300 miles of trails in the Chequamegon National Forest in northwest Wisconsin, you might regret missing this portion of the country.
The trails wind through 1,600 square miles adopted by the Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA) in nearly a million acres of the scenic Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well as the Bayfield and Sawyer County Forests.
The trail system, maintained by CAMBA volunteers, is divided into six subsystems, each with one or more trailheads. Each subsystem, or cluster, has 40 to 100 miles of trail on everything from logging roads to ski trails. Routes are designed for all levels of abilities with options for double track and singletrack.
Designed to be user-friendly and encourage locals from the area to get involved in the sport, the trails are well marked and include frequent signs and maps at intersections along the trail.
Rolling terrain takes riders alongside pristine lakes, roaring rivers, quant streams, stomach-turning ridges and flower-filled meadows.
If you go…
Places to stay:
There are several lodging options in nearby towns, like Hayward and Cable. The Cable Area Chamber of Commerce is a good place to start to find a hotel, lodge or cabin
If you don’t want to waste any time hitting the trails in the morning, check out some of the campgrounds in Chequamegon National Forest and Bayfield and Sawyer County forests. There are even sites that are located alongside trailheads.
Hitting The Trails:
Trail maps are available at trailhead kiosks. More extensive maps can also be purchased at the Cable Area Chamber of Commerce as well as several local bike shops.
Most trails are rideable from May until November and during that time nearby towns host several festivals to celebrate the mountain biking community. The five-day Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival, with a unique race each day, in the end of September is one of the more popular events. Plan ahead and consider visiting the area for next year’s festivities.
We hope we inspired you to reconsider your usual weekend rides and try out some new trails!