Local trails become popular as weather warmsSubmitted: 06/03/2015
RHINELANDER - Summer weather feels like it's finally here, and that means it's a perfect time to get back out on local hiking and biking trails.

They're all over the Northwoods.

"With the spring a little bit over and heading into the warm summer months, people have the opportunity to access over hundreds of miles of trails just in Oneida County alone," says Rhinelander Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dana DeMet.

And they come in all shapes and sizes.

"Those trails range from crushed granite, double-wide biking and walking trails to technical, single track mountain bike trails in a number of different areas," says DeMet.

You never have to wander too far to find a trail that suits you perfectly.

"The ones that come to mind right away are the Washburn Silent Sports trails out near Perch Lake, just west of Rhinelander," says DeMet. "That has over 12 miles of groomed ski trails in the winter, has over six miles of single-track mountain bike trails in the summer, and you can also use the double-track ski trails as hiking and walking trails."

Trails in the Northwoods are well-traveled in the summertime, but you won't find people on all of them.
"[The] road less traveled would be the Mud Lake north of town," says DeMet. "Those are fairly new trail system. It's pretty technical single-track, and so that's definitely something that the local mountain bike scene has really latched on to, people enjoy."

And some, you may not know about.

"The Hancock Lake trails, just over here by the airport, have always been that well-kept secret, both by necessity, and just being that they're a real organic trail system," says DeMet.

No matter where you go, you can't go wrong.

Story By: Dan Marz

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