Snowmobile clubs lawyers and lobbyists are pressuring top Wisconsin DNR officials to reopen a snowmobile trail – closed more than 25 years ago – through Blue Mound State Park and across existing silent sports trails.
My list includes trails that offer a challenge, beautiful surroundings, unique landscapes and an opportunity for solitude and some off-trail camping.
I jumped up and down on the frozen surface of the creek three times. On the third pounce I broke through into freezing cold knee-deep water.
There is a 303-acre lake on a chain of lakes in Vilas County, Wisconsin, just southeast of Boulder Junction. This state-owned lake is named Escanaba Lake. On snowshoes, one can access Escanaba Lake by way of a hiking trail called Lumberjack Trail.
Why are some 20 year olds so out of shape that they cannot keep up with someone close to their grandparents’ age? I am not an unusually fit person. But I keep in good enough shape so I don’t become so easily exhausted when snowshoeing.
Lower Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes is a favored biking, camping, hiking and paddling destination. Once the snow comes, we return with skis and snowshoes.
Everyone at a snowshoe racing event contributes to the thrill and competition that makes the sport a growing phenomena. Everyone has significance at these events, even the person who comes in dead last. Every competitor is part of the snowshoe racing community no matter where they place.
Don Erickson and Jim Joque debate the merits of snowshoeing with one trekking pole or two.
UPDATED: Here in Wisconsin, the federal government shutdown has unfortunately put the brakes on building and maintaining the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. A majority of the thousands of hours spent on the trail is done by volunteers (i.e. non-federal employees), but their participation is covered by liability insurance provided by the federal government. And that coverage is currently unavailable.
Mountain bikes should remain prohibited on National Scenic Trails, such as the Ice Age and North Country trails in the Midwest, according to Gregory A. Miller, president of the American Hiking Society (AHS) in an fundraising email sent to members of his organization.