Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Great day trails of Bayfield, Wis. – Part I

Hiking trail near Bayfield, Wis. Photo courtesy of Bayfield County Tourism.
Certainly among the most trail-friendly areas in northwest Wisconsin is Bayfield. A number of great day hiking trails can be found in town and the wider Bayfield Peninsula. Among them:
g Bay View Trail, Boardwalk, nature trail – Incredible views of Lake Superior await hikers traveling to Big Bay State Park, on Madeline Island, the largest of the famous 22 Apostle Islands. Taking the Bay View Trail along with a boardwalk and a self-guided interpretive trail afford hikers a 5-mile round trip; this can be cut in half if turning around at the boardwalk.
g Big Ravine Trail – The in-city trail heads for a 2-mile round trip along a steep ravine lined with old-growth hemlocks. You’ll find the trailhead at the Sweeney Avenue baseball field behind the outfield fence.
g Big Sand Bay Walking trails – Paths cut across pine barrens on the Bayfield Peninsula northwest of town. The trails are on the west side of Old County Highway K Road, about 1.5 miles north of the Wis. Hwy. 13 junction.
g Brownstone Trail – South of town, an old railroad bed converted into a hiking trail makes for a scenic 5-mile round trip hike. The trail passes a marina and offers great views of Madeline Island and sailboats on Lake Superior.
g Pike's Creek Hiking Trail – The 2-mile round trip trail heads along Pike's Creek and past the state fish hatchery, which boasts two large ponds. Fish species native to Lake Superior are raised there.
g Iron Bridge Nature Hiking Trail – Also known as the Gil Larsen Trail, the 0.75-mile trail follows a ravine creek under an old iron bridge to an overlook. Pick up the trail in Bayfield on Washington Avenue uphill from the ferry boat landing.
g Jerry Jolly Hiking Trail – The trail winds through the Bayfield County Forest and Nourse Sugarbush State Natural Area. Follow County Highway J/Star Route to the trailhead.

Read Part II

Read more about day hiking Bayfield County, Wisconsin, in my Day Hiking Trails of Bayfield County guidebook.