Hike 1: Chequamegon Chapter Hike Series
This hike is the first in a series of nine that will traverse the section of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCNST) maintained by the NCTA Chequamegon Chapter. The Trail here was built by U.S. Forest Service personnel and Job Corp employees in 1967 and 1968. It is the original “North Country Trail.” These weekly hikes, on Wednesdays, from June 15 through August 17. (There is no hike scheduled for July 6.)
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This 7.1-mile, one-way hike on a dirt tread will pass through a hardwood forest with tree stands of different ages, and by small ponds on rolling terrain within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. We may walk through short wet or muddy spots. Our average hiking speed will be about two miles per hour. We will take a five- to 10-minute break every hour, and a 30-minute lunch break. The hike is limited to 18 participants.
The hike leader will be Mary Stenberg, a hiking enthusiast and long-time NCTA member. This hike is primarily for recreation and is not intended to be a slow-moving, interpretive walk.
In June, the average low temperature here is 51° F and the average high is 73° F. June is the wettest month of the year with rain on an average of 24 days. Expect mosquitos and ticks. A brimmed hat, long-sleeved shirt, and long pants treated with insect repellent are recommended. Bring plenty of water and lunch.
This section of Trail is not accessible for people with mobility impairments. There are no restrooms at trailheads or along the Trail. Cell phone access is unlikely. There is no fee for this hike.
Meet at a small parking lot where the NCNST crosses Chequamegon-Nicolet Forest Road 228 (North Delta Road), about a quarter-mile east of the junction of Forest Road 228 and Forest Road 231 (West Delta Road). GPS coordinates: 46.446850, -91.339510. After assembling at Forest Road 228, we will carpool and drive northwest to the beginning of our hike where the NCNST crosses Bayfield County A. At the end of our hike on Forest Road 228, one or two cars will need to transport shuttle drivers back to County Road A.