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Washburn Lake Trails

Average Rating:    (4.1 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

5.5 miles of wide XC trails and 3 miles of single track. Moderate and some difficult climbs, single track quite technical
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Latitude
45.62208186736657
Longitude
-89.56775665283203
Trail Directions
Off of US Route 8. Take County "N" to Washburn Lake Road and follow it for .8 miles to trail head. Parking lot on right. Trailheads are maked
Trail Length
8.5 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Rhinelander
   


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Review Date
March 19, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: lostskier ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Many improvements have been made to this trail over the last 3-years. The ski trails are no longer used by the mountain bikers as a single track loop has been created that is close to 8 miles. A new 1-mile section was added in the summer of 2012. This course now holds the Wisconsin Endurance Mountain Series (WEMS) RASTA Rock'n Root Race in August which consist of 3, 6 and 10 hour events. There is a new shelter on Perch Lake that has picnic tables and a water well, swimming in the lake is also available after a hot ride. Features include a rock garden called "Stone Soup" by the locals along with a couple of bridges. There are two trail segments that are "mini" flow trails down several of the large hills and a couple of "pump" sections. This trail is technical trail given the hilly topography, but has gotten a little "easier" to ride with all the repairs to trails to make them more sustainable. Current plans are to construct almost 10-miles of new single track over the next 3-years, along with a skills area for kids. The trails are maintained by the Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA).

Recommended Route:
Park at the Perch Lake shelter and ride clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Underdown near Gleason/Irma.



Comments
bitflogger (07/11/2013)
Yes to this updated review. Some old sections of trail still exist, but he new work is so much improved and proper new school trail building that old reviews are probably inappropriate.

Very important to ride the loop clockwise to catch the flow of the new work.
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Review Date
September 29, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: buzz advert ,  Racer

Summary:
Love these trails. I'm not a huge fan of cross country ski trails, but this would be the exception. There are a number of fun, fast sections and good climbs. Herringbone Hill will challenge any rider--when you're in good shape, try hammering it in your middle chain ring. Once atop this climb you can stick it in your big chain ring and let it rip; you get a long, amazing roller coaster ride--the better you know the trail, the faster you can go here (all out). Another downhill near the end of the extra loop just before the pretty wide open section will easily get you over 30 mph (I think I did 36 last time).

The single track, which is both inside and outside the cc loop, is twisty and windy and hard to navigate; that is, unless you're a local--which I'm not--and really know the trail, you'll not always quite know where you are or which part you've ridden already. Nevertheless, this is some of the best technical single track you'll find. Not sure what the other reviewers are talking about when they say it isn't technical. I've ridden all the single track multiple times and it IS technical, but great for your skills.

Not having ridden these trails for a couple years, I found a new trail this year. It goes down to Roby Lake (I think), ending by a new shelter next to the lake. The single track is very soft and loamy. I only did it back uphill where it's a nice workout with poor traction in parts. On a turn I wiped out and fell into a nice booby trap in the form of a cut-down-to-six-inches stump in the hip. Yowser!

Recommended Route:
All of it.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hanson Lake trails. Razorback Ridge, though it was trashed by logging a couple years back and I haven't returned.



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Review Date
August 3, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: member13 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I think this is one of the best trails in the area. I found more than the stated 3 miles of single track. It was a great ride and would recommend it. Not very technical.



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Review Date
August 25, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: lifeasjeff ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The single track is fun and fast. There are not a lot of technical sections and the hills are modest so you can really build up some speed. However, the dense forest provides for lots of blind turns and you never know what to expect next. The bugs can be pretty bad here even during the hottest part of the day in dry weather.

Recommended Route:
Check out the bikes-N-boards website for a fairly up-to-date map of this and other local trails. Even though the map is quite new you will encounter lots of unmarked single track. The double track is good for getting around but is too wide to be challenging.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hanson Lake



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Review Date
October 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Teiger ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fun trails.This is the third time I have rode them. The single track is a good test of your low speed handling skills. There is quite a bit of new single track that has been added since I had last rode it. The new trails are very tight and twisty. This new single track is not posted on the trail head map which made for an interesting ride.

Recommended Route:
Clockwise. There are two new single track trails to the left of the main trail that will lead you to the majority of the single track.



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