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.

Ski Trails

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

Snowshoe Trails

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.

Trail Treker

The North End Trail map is available on the Trail Treker app. The app costs $1.99. You may download the North End map for free by using the promo code NORTHEND2018.

Snowshoeing and walking are not permitted on the groomed ski trails. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Most of the North End Trails lie on the Bayfield County Forest with a few segments utilizing private land. The North End Ski Club maintains all of these trails and is extremely grateful for the privilege of utilizing these lands for our trail system.

In addition to the trails, facilities include parking, toilet, warming cabin. Food and lodging can be found nearby in Cable.


The North End Ski Club collectsa $10 per day adult trail fee at the North End Trailhead, with all funds accruing to the club. North End Ski Club Annual Memberships include an annual trail pass for those who ski from the North End on a regular basis.

All trail fees go to maintain and groom the ski trails.

For more information or to contact the North End Ski Club: or 715-381-8744.


Take County Hwy. M east from Cable. Go 2 blocks and turn right on Randysek Rd. Go 2 miles south to North End Trail Head.

Bayfield County Yurt

Bayfield County Forest has developed a rustic yurt within the North End trail system. It is easily accessible from the trailhead by ski, snowshoe or foot, and by bike during the summer. It is a comfortable and attractive structure that sleeps up to six people. It is available to rent by the public for $60 per night. For more information visit or to reserve the yurt, visit