Trail Report: Bayfield
Reported By: Gary Dalzell, Woodside Cottages
Date of Report: 02/29/2016
Trail Conditions: Good
Snow Cover: 14-20″
Area Report: The trails in the Bayfield/Valhalla area were superb Thursday going into the weekend. The warm weather Saturday took a toll on trails south from Valhalla to Iron River. Trails nor of TR40 held up well and well and will be in very good condition after the groomer goes over them. The area got 3-4″ of good quality snow Sunday into today.
Exceptions are TR1 west of Bayfield and TR1 south of Cornie to just north of TR41 junction and TR1 into Herbster. We did not ride TR31N into Red Cliff but it was groomed up to TR1/31. I am not sure of the condition of either trail beyond that.
The fresh snow really helped the Forest Roads which we rode most of the day Sunday. Wednesday through Saturday we rode mostly groomed trails with our cottages guests.
The should be another very good week of riding west of Bayfield and Valhalla. Beyond this weekend, the long range forecast does not look very good with warm temps and rain.
I am convinced that the Bayfield/Valhalla area offers the best riding conditions anywhere in Wisconsin and Western UP.
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Northern Bayfield County is a beautiful area that provides a terrific riding opportunity in uninhabited and non developed national and state forests. The area is uncrowded and in the middle of the Bayfield Peninsula away from the small communities located on the shores of Lake Superior. Yet the area is easily accessed from these communities.
There is an extensive state trial system maintained and groomed with newly acquired groomers by the area clubs. The trails are a combinations of trails and designated forest roads almost exclusively through the woods and areas where logging has taken place. The trails are void of riding ditches and lakes.
There are hundreds of miles of marked forest roads that provide another option. They are unimproved roads and are usually not maintained nor see vehicles in the Winter. The forest roads are not groomed but they provide an opportunity to break powder and also for one to “ride” their sled no matter the conditions. Be aware that the forest roads do not include stop and curve signs and there are many unmarked intersections.
One of the other benefits of riding in this area is that it receives far less volume of sled traffic compared to the more common riding destinations. There are just two places where one can get gas, food and beverages. That in itself helps make the trails safer.
Northern Bayfield County – It doesn’t get any better than this!