XC Ski Trail Report
XC Ski Trail Report 03/23/2013
Cross County Skiing in the Chequamegon Bay Area
Trails are open.
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Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross country skiing in a magnificent setting featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon National Forest. Cross country trails cover 30km with ratings from beginner to expert. All trails are groomed and tracked weekly or more frequently as necessary. Directions: From Ashland take Hwy 2 West to Hwy 13.North. 10 miles toward Bayfield. Left on Ski Hill Rd. Conditions: 03/23/2013. On Weds 20th, groomers packed Sugarbush/Black Bear, Anchor, Seagull, Roller Coaster, Telford. On Thurs 21, they set a track on Sugarbush/Blackbear, and touched up Telford. Our intention is to continue grooming the these core trails as long as the weather cooperates, and folks are still skiing. Get out there and enjoy the last of the season! For up to date report call 715-779-3227.
Northern Great Lakes
Visitor Center allows guest to check out snow shoes and snowshoe on the trails behind the center. Conditions: Open
St. Peters Dome is another great place to snowshoe!
The hike to St. Peter’s Dome is 3.6 miles round trip. The trail has moderately steep climbs. It is a good idea to take water along on this hike. To reach St. Peter’s Dome cross the log bridge over Morgan Creek where the trail forks and hike up the gradually climbing trail. Soon you will come upon an old campground that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s. The old brick fireplaces, an artesian well, and a round cistern are all that remain of the campground. The trail becomes narrow as you walk across much steeper slopes. There is a lake sized beaver pond to your left. As you continue east the trail drops in elevation and crosses a rocky stream bed. Beyond the stream the trail becomes steeper and the tread is rocky. In a bit the grade becomes more gentle and you cross a snowmobile trail. At the base of the granite outcrop that is the dome you will find a jumble of large broken rock. From the quarry. The trail follows the old road for a hundred feet and then turns left off the road and begins to climb earnest. After two switch backs the trail reaches a grassy opening. Continue on the trail and climb to the overlook and shear drop on the north face of St. Peter’s Dome. On a clear day you can see the Chequamegon Bay of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands.
Directions From Ashland drive south in Highway 13 about 13 miles to Highway C (about 1 mile south or Marengo). Turn right on C and follow it 4.8 miles to Midway Road. Continue straight on Midway Rd 1.2 miles to County Line Road (FR 199). Turn left (south) on County Line Rd and drive 3.9 miles to the parking lot which is on the left (east) side of the road. Conditions: Good for snowshoeing.
Mt Ashwabay: website www.mtashwabay.org Mt. Ashwabay offers both cross country skiing and snowshoeing in a magnificent setting featuring stunning views of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Chequamegon national Forest. The XC trails are open for snowshoeing, and the same trail fee is good for either XC or snowshoes Directions: From Ashland take Hwy 2 West to Hwy 13. North. 10 miles toward Bayfield. Left on Ski Hill Rd.
Mt Ashwabay: website www.mtashwabay.org
Park: 03/19/2013. Closed For up to date report call 715-779-3227.