Chequamegon Area Groomed Fat Bike Trails Expand
The 2015-2016 winter season will see a significant expansion of the groomed fat-bike trail riding in the Chequamegon Area of Northwest Wisconsin. With over 20 miles groomed during the past season, local fat bike enthusiasts expect to more than double that amount of groomed trail on which to ride their fat bikes.
“We’re super excited about the prospects for this winter,” says Cindy Bijold, head of the CAMBA Fat Bike Committee. “We’ve been scouting and preparing new routes and are looking forward to some big things for the coming season.”
The seed for the current fat-bike movement in the Chequamegon Area was planted two years ago when a group of dedicated riders began meeting and holding a weekly ride. Now, with strong leadership, solid partnerships and cooperation, a well-formed vision, and a committed and engaged team, the movement has firmly taken root, setting the stage to establish CAMBA country, already one of the top regional mountain bike destinations, as an equally popular winter biking destination.
With a recently purchased two-wheel drive Rokon motorcycle and a second similar machine owned by a local enthusiast, the CAMBA Fat team is well-prepared to buff the local trails into shape. Volunteers using snowmobiles will assist during periods of heavy snow.
Trails include some of the popular CAMBA singletrack plus a new 14-mile wider route based on existing woods roads. In addition, a new easy/beginner loop has been added to the mix to offer an entry-level experience for those new to the sport.
Groomed Fat Bike Trails – 2015-2016 Season
Seeley Pass – 24 miles round trip (out & back). Singletrack from OO to the High Point of the Birkie Trail. Level of difficulty: Moderate to Advanced.
Makwa – 10 miles round trip (out & back). Singletrack from OO south. Level of difficulty: Moderate.
Seeley Ski Trails – 10 mile loop. Groomed ski trails starting on Old OO near Seeley. Level of difficulty: Advanced.
New Trail – 14 miles. Groomed route on old forest roads from OO connecting to the Seeley Ski Trails. Level of difficulty: Moderate to Advanced (distance).
Beginner Loop – 2.5 miles. 4-foot wide groomed loop, relatively flat starting and finishing at OO trailhead. Level of difficulty: Easy.
Esker Trail – 3.5 miles. 2-foot wide singletrack. Extended climbing to begin and then rolling. Starting near entrance to Telemark Resort in Cable on Spider Lake Firelane. Return to start on road – 1.5 miles. Level of difficulty: Advanced.
Plus hundreds of miles of plowed town roads throughout the region for extended touring options.