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Bayfield, Wisconsin

Trail Report For: Bayfield - 12/17/2014

Reported By: Gary Dalzell/Woodside Cottages

Trail Report: Bayfield

Date of Report: 12/17/2014

Trail Conditions: Fair

Snow Cover: 12-16″

Area Report: With the 6″ of fresh snow earlier this week and 6″ of LES last night, snow depth on the forest road is much improved after the warm up and rain. There is a 4-6″ semi-solid base underneath the new snow which will firm up in the next few days.

There has not been any grooming to date as the groomer is concerned about wet and soft areas. If things go well, the groomer could start working the trails this weekend.

We will be riding Thursday and into the weekend with our cottage guests. Be careful of the hard tire ruts left over from the deer season. They can be difficult to navigate through so be cautious and slow down.

The prospect for good riding in the Bayfield area looks much better going into the holiday season. There is a chance for measurable snow the first part of the coming week and then followed by cold temps after Christmas.


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Snowmobiling Information

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!

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