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
5 km – Easy/Intermediate
7.2 km – Intermediate
12 km – Intermediate
Add 1.1 km round-trip from Warming Cabin
Tony Wise Trail – Skate/Classic
6.6 km – Intermediate
North End Classic Trail – Classic only
12 km – Intermediate
Ridge Trail – (yellow blazes) 1.4 km – Easy
Bear Paw Trail – (blue blazes) 2.4 km – Easy
Penny Lane – (red/orange blazes 2.8 km – Moderate
Snowshoe trail distances refer to specific trail segment only. It is possible to combine loops for much longer distances.
The Mammal Tour on the Ridge Trail
The Mammal Tour 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.