This past weekend, we went north for the annual summer gathering of my wife’s family. They live a bit west of Rhinelander and very near some fine mountain bike trails, as well as low-traffic paved and unpaved roads, and one of my favorite rail trails in Wisconsin.
I’d originally intended to ride some single-track at the Washburn Lake trails, but the recent wet weather–including a fair amount of rain on Saturday–made the trails just too wet to ride responsibly (even though I was riding the fat-bike).
So I opted for a run up and down the Bearskin Trail from the trailhead at Hwy K to Minocqua and back. I rode the northbound leg full bore–in part because it was raining a bit, but mostly to blow the cobwebs out of my legs–and my head. On the return trip, I rode at a leisurely pace, stopping on some of the many trestle bridges for photographs, water-gazing, and liquid refreshment.
You can see why this is my favorite rail trail in Wisconsin–at least of the ones that I’ve ridden. It’s all woods and water and trestles.