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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +225/ -211 ft
Total: 34 riders

Mountain Biking Washburn Trails

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#37 of 387 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#1,642 in the world

Large network of double track (nordic ski trails) and large network of single track. lots of trails branching off. offical trail maps on site, or at Bikes N Boards, Lincoln Street Rhinelander. some good hill climbs, technical areas, and downhills.

First added by steclaw on Jun 1, 2008. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Coming from Rhinelander on HWY 8 West ~5 miles turn right on Crescent road and cross railroad tracks (.2 mi). take left on county rd N, go ~1.2 miles. turn right on Washburn Lake Rd. Go ~3 miles. trail head and parking lot are on the right.
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  • dvroberts

    Rode here on September 17, 2020. The red trail, the longest MTN bike trail here, is very rocky and twisty. Great riding if you like this sort of thing. Lee's Loop and Kathy's Loop are much more flowy and swoopy, which I liked a lot. $5 fee to ride or hike here. Perch Lake is lovely and this is a nice setting to picnic. Very well maintained.

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  • butchy

    My son and I rode the red single track trail, very challenging and a great workout. We will be going back for sure!

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  • Lostskier

    In 2016, we rerouted almost 3 miles of unsustainable trails and built new. Kept the flavor of hand built with several rock ride overs added. Will have a new section of trail opening in 2017.

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  • Thermal Damage

    A fun ride, but a bit of a grinder. If you like the new fast flow trails this is not that - the prominent rocks and roots, along with the quick little ups and downs, make it pretty hard to get a groove going, but it's a hell of a good workout. There is a new sign at the lake that says No Swimming. WTH?

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  • ****

    This trail is loads of fun. I started at the Perch lake shelter and did the entire loop. I think that this trail has something to offer to everyone. Some of the sections were beginner but some were also labeled "More Difficult" and "Most Difficult". the "Stone Soup" section is really rocky and will give event the most seasoned rider some excitement. There is an equal amount of climbing and descending. However, as i'm sure that you know, the uphills seem longer than the downhills. I think that they should rename the trail "Sneaky Rock" because the rock placement on the trail can really sneak up on you and force you on the brakes. For this an other reasons I think that this trail is a bit slower than others but makes up for that by offering a more technical riding experience. I can't imagine riding this trail on a hard tail unless it was a 29er. The rocks and roots used up all 5.5 inches of my fork and most of the 5 inches on the rear shock. Bring the repellent and enjoy some of the neat features of this trail. I think you will enjoy it.

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  • Josh Hoppe

    Single track consists of hard packed black dirt and some sandy mix sections. Hardtails beware you will be doing a lot of standing as the roots/rocks are mostly visible/prominent during most of the ride except some of the newly created areas. Downhills are fast, but are sometimes short lived by long climbs. The elevation change is worth it ultimately rewarding you with flowing downhill sections accompanied by a few rolling jumps and a log bridge and a few standard bridges. Ride the loop hard and reward yourself by jumping off the dock at perch lake.

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  • dtclement

    Fun trail, plenty of ups and downs and some creative twists and turns. There are definitely some touch technical sections, but nothing too treacherous.

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  • beha

    great trail!! single track trails can get difficult at times with lots of roots and rocks in some areas with some steep climbs and lots of hills!! There are also double track trails that are also good but not as difficult. Maps at all the trail heads and it is very well marked, plus there is a shelter with fireplace and grills!!

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