Western Wisconsin


Minnesota/Wisconsin state line to Bayfield County A.

Characterized as “the land of variety,” this segment offers a wide variety of experiences from fairly flat to rims of deep valleys that offer expansive vistas. The entire segment has been built with gentle grades. Explore a series of managed forests and experience a wide variety of vegetative conditions: from old growth groves of red and white pine to newly harvested areas and everything in between. While the 5+ miles of Trail passing through the Douglas County Wildlife Area is open and exposed, this segment is not to be missed. During the late summer and fall, prairie flowers and grasses are their showiest. The eastern few miles of Trail here include small, pristine lakes. Except for these few miles, the rest of this segment is associated with streams.

Header photo by Kenny Wawsczyk

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Need to Know

Filterable water is readily available from the many streams and lakes, with the longest dry stretch spanning between Tower Lake and Erick Lake. Land managers want camping to take place at designated locations. Therefore, designated backpacker campsites have been established every 2 to 8 miles along the Trail from West Mail Road to Bayfield A. Along the road walk between West Mail Road and Pattison State Park, low impact camping on Douglas County Forest lands is permitted. A developed campground is adjacent to the Trail in Pattison State Park.

Trail Town

Solon Springs

Local Chapters

Brule-St. Croix Chapter