Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails
Trail Options: 24 km. of trails. Rolling to hilly. Groomed for skating and classical. 2.5 km of lighted trail.
This 24 kilometer trail system is situated on 2,400 acres of county forest.With terrain that ranges from gently rolling to screaming hills, it is ideallysuited for cross country skiing. The elevation at the trail head is 1,450, but by the time you reach the northeastern part of the trail it loses 250 feet inelevation. It is in this area that the trail passes an area of natural springs that bubble out of the ground year around to form the head waters of the Clam River. All the trails are machine groomed to 16 to 18 feet wide with double tracks on one side and a wide skating lane on the other. All trail junctions are marked with a map and letters. Timberland Hills offers fun and excitement for the beginning skier to the expert, including a 2.5 km lighted trail - Timberland West - 1.5 miles south of the main touring center also on County Highway H. Timberland West meanders through 500 acres of Barron County forest. It is a beginner level trail with gently rolling terrainand one small hill. The lights come on automatically at dusk and go off at approximately 11:00PM. Timberland West is groomed 30 feet wide withtracks set around the perimeter and a wide skating lane down the middle.Both Timberland Hills and Timberland West were built and are maintained by the Cumberland Area Ski Touring Association (CASTA). For trail conditions, call 715/822-3727.
Ownership: Burnett and Barron Counties
Management: Cumberland Area Ski Trails Association
Key Partnerships: Cumberland Area Ski Trails Association
Facilities: Parking, Warming Building Pit Toilet, Water, Food.
Fees: Donations and memberships.
Info: Cumberland Area Ski Touring Association (CASTA). 715/ /822-3727
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|From the north on US Highway 63: Watch for signs. Take a right on Cty Hwy J, then a left on Cty Hwy H. Turn left on Boyd Road for the main Timberland Hills system or stay on Hwy H for the Lighted Trail (on the right). From the south on US Highway 63: Watch for signs. Take a left on Cty Hwy H. The lighted trail will be on your left; the main Timberland Hills system will be found by taking a right on Boyd Road.|
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Landmark dates in the history of Nordic Trails in northwest Wisconsin include 1975 when the United States Cross Country Ski Team including Bill Koch — who would later go on to win a silver medal in the 1976 Olympics – came to Telemark to train, 1978 when the first World Cup cross country ski races were held on the Telemark Trails, and also that year the Worldloppet League, an affiliation of international cross country ski marathons, was formed by Tony Wise at Telemark.
After an auspicious beginning, it wasn’t long before the landscape was dotted with Nordic Trails of all sizes and descriptions, most of which continue to offer pleasant and challenging cross country skiing opportunities today.