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Razorback Ridge

Average Rating:    (3.57 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 23

over 50 miles of loops through beautiful thick northern wisconsin woods. Variety of singletrack and cross country trails. Take your pick of challenging 20 mile loops with steep climbs and descends or tamer shorter runs. Watch for the occational deer to jump out.....
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Latitude
46.01293915399687
Longitude
-89.53136444091797
Trail Directions
Trailhead is at Mckays Icecream shop in Sayner
Trail Length
50 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Sayner
   


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Review Date
August 17, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Pete Woelfel ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If your looking to get lost in a forest razorback ridges delivers. This trail is now obnoxiously overgrown and signage doesn't help at all. I ended up riding on the suicide hill route, and almost ended up dying on the hill then i rode until i found a fire road (thank god) if it weren't for that rod i would have gotten lost in the forest, and rode that out to the trailhead. DO NOT RIDE THIS TRAIL!!! it is so poorly groomed that you cant tell the trail from the forest floor.



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Review Date
July 15, 2013

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: stump ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I decided to see if the trails have been restored at all last weekend, since I was in the area.

Don't bother riding here. Razorback ridges is simply a ski trail. They logged it several years ago and never restored the bike trails. It now consists of logging trails that are overgrown, the signage is mostly missing, and what remains is useless.

This is no longer a biking destination, so don't waste your time going here. There doesn't seem to be any plan for restoring them.

Recommended Route:
Ride the paved trails at night!



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Review Date
July 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jon ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
As of early July 2012, this trail is horrible (disclaimer: I just moved back to the Midwest from DC, and have been biking the great trails out in MD / VA / WV). Too bad; having read older reviews of it and a review in "Fat Tire Wisconsin" I expected it to be a great trail system. Unfortunately, the book was published in 2001 and I didn't note that some of the reviews were a decade old... As noted previously, logging, new growth, and neglect of the trail system have not done it any favors.
Where to begin regarding this trail? Well, I spent nearly 3 hours to ride 15 miles due to the time I spent looking at my phone, trying to figure out how to get to trails that apparently no longer exist, while riding on trails that according to the map do not exist. This, despite the fact that I grew up in the northwoods (northern Michigan) and read maps obsessively (I'm a military officer). If not for Google Maps I may still be out there... Fortunately, I got 3G coverage throughout the ride.
I never found the single track. The only trails I was able to find looked like old logging roads; nothing I would even consider to be doubletrack. No real twisty sections, no flowing sections. No short, steep climbs, more long gradual type climbs. Surface is generally sand, some loose rocks in the northwest corner. Rare areas of mud, but no stream crossings. I think I could have driven a Buick on most of the trails. Regardless of trail surface, it was all overgrown; several times I was biking through knee deep (on the bike!) undergrowth. As a consequence, crushed 2 ticks that had started to climb up my leg (and 10% of Lyme Disease cases in 2010 were in Wisconsin, so be careful). Also had deer, horse, black flies and mosquitoes. Fun.
Signage was bad. I counted 4 types of signs (numbered wooden signs at intersections, small blue rectangles that pointed at the alleged trail, ski trail signs, and brown metal signs that occasionally pointed at named trails); I didn't see any blazes on trees to mark routes. A lot of the signs that were there were laying in the woods, no longer up on posts. The trail around Blueberry Lake apparently does not exist- I ended up on the gravel road, rode between the lake and road, and found no sign of a trail. The "Duck Loop Trail" likewise no longer exists.

Recommended Route:
Avoid this trail until it gets rehabilitated. If you must, I recommend the western end; start at Blueberry Lake (just west of it a gated road leads to the trails) or off of old N road just east of Crystal Lake State Park (there is a snowmobile trail gated to block access, this leads to "SnoMo Trail". Take the first major looking intersection; there are no signs and if you don't turn you'll end up riding the snow machine trail for too far. Don't ask how I know... The western end of the network appears hillier, and if the single track is anywhere, it is there. The surface also appears firmer, not as much soft sand.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Didn't bike any.



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Review Date
July 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: TeamGiantEC ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
No good. I rode it when it was first established years ago, and other than lots of wide grassy trails and poor signage, the singletrack was quite fine. This trail system has been neglected and logged "to death." I did however see a bear which led to a little excitement on the ride. Otherwise couldn't wait for the ride to be done. I won't go back. I'll bring the road bike camping with me next time.

Recommended Route:
Just skip it. Stop at McKays and have ice cream instead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The notes I have from the last time I rode the Raven indicate I had a good time. Escanaba was good too but is now closed to mountain biking. The Discovery Center in Manitowish Waters has some good family friendly trails. They are good MTB trails but safe for younger riders. Madeline Lake looks good too from my notes but I considered it "tame" at the time. Maybe another good one for the entire family. We hiked the Raven nature trail this June and were excited to see the photos of the raised wooden trails on the bike side. We'll be back to check that out next year.



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Review Date
July 28, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: tomrid ,  Racer

Summary:
I rode this trail in early August of 2006 and found it to be--potentially--one of the best trails systems in the state. Good in every possible way. As the May 2008 reviewer suggest, however, it was devastated by logging. I was pissed that I wasted my time getting to the trails, which are not close to where I live. Not only did I find them not worth riding, but for the non-initiate they were very difficult to navigate due, again, to logging.

I write this in hopes that other riders will post the condition of the trails, since I'm anxious to go back when it's worth the time. (The Local Lion's Club maintains the trails and I'm wondering if anyone knows --and could post--if they have a phone number one can call to check on trail condition.)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Looks like I'll go back to Neilsville instead--Levis Trow Mound--which is outstanding. I also really like the Lake Washburn trails in Rhinelander, which are close to Highway 8. Most cross country ski/snow mobile trails tend to not make for great mountain bike trails, but the Lake Washburn ski trail is very very fun and has a pretty opening in the middle. Additionally, the single track there is great and challenging. Mile for mile it's among the best trails in the state.



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