NORTH END SKI TRAILS
The North End Ski Trails are part of a relatively complex network of trails that include the American Birkebeiner skate and classic trails, CAMBA mountain bike trails, and North End snowshoe trails. In addition, most of the North End trails connect to or intersect the Birkie trails, which provide a link to the Birkie Start Trailhead. Factoring all groomed ski trails in the immediate area, there is a total of over 50 km of regularly groomed trails available from the North End Trailhead, and more if one chooses to ski further south into Sawyer County.
The North End Trails are all generally intermediate in level of difficulty. There are a few steeper, faster hills, so one must have a modest level of ability to ski and enjoy these trails. The trails are groomed on the average of two to three times per week, depending on frequency and amount of snowfall, temperatures, volunteer availability and mechanical challenges with grooming equipment. The North End Classic Trail is groomed on the average of once a week. Track setting on all of the trails can be challenging during times of low snow or when the base becomes extremely hard, but we will do our best to provide a quality track and skate lane.
North End Ski Trail – Skate/Classic
A Loop: 5 km – Easy/Intermediate – two-way
B Loop: 7.2 km – Intermediate – two-way with one-way segments
C Loop: 12 km – Intermediate – two-way with one-way segments
Add 1.1 km round-trip from Warming Cabin
Tony Wise Trail – Skate/Classic
6.6 km – Intermediate – two-way
North End Classic Trail – Classic only
12 km – Intermediate – one-way
Mammal Trail – (yellow blazes) 1.4 km – Easy loop
The Mammal Trail is a joint project between the North End Ski Club and the Cable Natural History Museum. The tour utilizes the North End Ridge Snowshoe Trail and includes 25 metal cut-outs of common local mammals. See how many you can find! There are printed guides available at the trailhead and in the North End Cabin. You may also view and download the guide.
Bear Paw Trail – (blue blazes) 2.4 km – Easy
Follow the Yellow Mammal Trail. After about 1 km, the Blue Bear Paw Trail will break off the Mammal Trail and make a 2.4 km loop back to the Mammal Trail. Follow the Mammal Trail back to the NE Trail Head.
Penny Lane – (red/orange blazes) 2.8 km – Moderate
Follow the Yellow Mammal Trail. After about 1 km, the red/orange Penny Lane Trail will break off the Mammal Trail and make a 2.8 km loop back to the Mammal Trail. Follow the Mammal Trail back to the NE Trail Head.
(There has been recent logging around the Penny Lane Trail. Follow the Red ribbon through the logged areas.)
Snowshoe trail distances refer to specific trail segment only. It is possible to combine loops for much longer distances.