October 30, 2014
Rode parts of this cluster with my wife October 16th. Parked at the Namakagon Town Hall Trailhead. Headed out on the Namakogon Trail which is an intermediate single track with a nice flow. Combines with the Glacier Trail, this was fast old double track. Took the Patsy Lake Trail south around the lake riding some double track before entering a nice piece of easy single track. Connected again with the Namakagon Trail to finish on fun intermediate singletrack. Overall 12.5 miles of great riding in the woods.
I would recommend the Patsy Lake Trail for beginners. The Namakagon Trail for advancing beginners and intermediate riders or just a fun ride. The Rock Lake Trail is also part of this cluster. Described as difficult to most difficult singletrack. I look forward to my return to attempt the Rock Lake Trail. An IMBA Epic Trail designation that is well deserved.
February 19, 2014
The Namakagon trail cluster is the most complex of the CAMBA singletrack trail systems. There are many options to choose from. For the first time or occasional rider taking a map is a must. While the trail is well marked and there are maps at major intersections, carrying a map will help with the decision making at some of the more remote trail intersections. The Namakagon, Rock Lake and Patsy Lake trails can be ridden as a big loop (IMBA Epic route) or ridden individually in numerous configurations to adjust your ride distance and skill level to suit your taste. The IMBA Epic route offers everything from the smoothest flowing Patsy Lake trail to the rock gardens and obstacles of the Rock Lake trail. If you are doing the Epic route I suggest starting at the Namekagon TH as the start is a bit more gentle than the Rock Lake start and finishing with the buttery smooth Patsy Lake trail will be much easier on your weary bones than the harsh Rock Lake finish.
Makwa, Hatchery, Seeley Pass, Ojibwe
March 16, 2014
Kim, I can't help with the camping... other trails... ALL of the CAMBA singletrack is supreme. I would recommend, in addition to Namekagon, the Seeley Pass/Makwa trails in particular for beautiful flow. Beer... eat at the River's Eatery in Cable. Great wood fired pizzas, lots of beer options and great MTB friendly owners and atmosphere. Also, the Angry Minnow brew pub in Hayward.
March 16, 2014
Thanks for the trail description Scott, we're going to be in the area in June or July for a couple days and wondering where the best riding is. This sounds like a good loop. Any other recommendations or info on places to camp (tiny egg trailer) or good local beers?