Thursday, April 11, 2013

Several trails run in Solon Springs region

Brule Bog Boardwalk Trail. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
Outstanding day hiking trails await cabin-goers to the Solon Springs, Wis., region. Among them:
g Brule Bog Boardwalk trail A boardwalk wends its way north of Lake St. Croix through the Brule Bog across a continental divide in which rivers on one side flow into Lake Superior while rivers on the other side flow into the mighty Mississippi. The trail is 4.6 miles round trip and fairly flat.
g Brule-St. Croix Portage Trail People have used this trail for hundreds of years, most notably beginning in 1680 when French explorer Daniel Greysolon Sieur duLhut first noted the route linking the Brule and St. Croix rivers. The route is an easy 4.4-mile out-and-back trail with minimal elevation gain.
g North Country National Scenic Trail-Douglas County Forest segment – South of town, the seven-state North Country Trail crosses the Douglas County Forest for roughly three miles. Along the way, it passes several idyllic ponds.
g North Country National Scenic Trail-segment through town – Before reaching the county forest, the trail cuts through the village. A pleasant 2-mile route runs south of town to the county forest from South Holly Lucius Road/U.S. Hwy. 53 to Bird Sanctuary Road at the forest’s edge.
g Wild Rivers State Trail segment – The rail line turned hiking path also runs through the village on its way between Gordon and Superior. To avoid highway noise, take the roughly 4-mile route heading north from the municipal airport to County Road L.

Read more about Douglas County day hiking trails in my Day Hiking Trails of Douglas County guidebook.