Trail Details

Northwest Wisconsin Nordic Trails

Penokee Mountain Ski Trails

Mellen, Wis.

Trail Options:   8.6 km-most difficult, 5.1 km-more difficult, 3.2-more difficult. Classical only

Trail Description:

Penokee Mountain Ski Trails are located just southwest of Mellen onCounty Highway GG. The entire trail system has recently undergoneseveral major re-routes, in part to provide more scenic trails, but

Ownership: Chequamegon National Forest

Management: Great Divide Ranger Station

Facilities: Parking, pit toilet, one Adirondack shelter on longest loop

Fees: $5.00 daily/ $20.00 annual

Info: 715/ 634-4821

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Trail Location


Take Cty Highway M from Cable east 20 miles. Turn north (left) on Highway GG for 16.2 miles. The trail head will be on the left.

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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.