Reported By: Gary Dalzell/Woodside Cottages
Trail Report: Bayfield
Date of Report: 03/24/2014
Trail Conditions: Very Good
Snow Cover: 36-48″
Area Report: The snow in the Bayfield/Valhalla is deep and fresh as the area received about 10+” of snow the past week. Riding is very good for late March. We rode about 900 miles since Monday with our cottage guests and had a blast!
Grooming has ceased for the season. The trails will remain open until the end of March. However, the numbered Forest Roads in the Chequamegon National Forest will remain open as long as there is 5 inches of snow which will likely be the case well into April. The area to ride is ONLY the green and pink sections on the Bayfield County Snowmobile Map.
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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!