Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Great hiking trails of Bayfield, Wis. – Part II

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 Lakeshore Trail – Cabin-goers don’t have to leave the mainland to experience the beauty of the famous Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. A fairly new route, the Lakeshore Trail, runs through a Lake Superior forest, an impressive sandstone cave formation, and along a windswept beach.
g Lost Creek Falls Walking Trail – Located south of Cornucopia on the peninsula’s west side, the trail heads for less than mile one way through pine barrens to Lost Creek. The trailhead is at the end of Trail Road off of County Road C.
g Mt. Ashwabay Ski Area hiking trails – Several ski trails in winter turn to day hiking trails of varying lengths in summer. The ski area is located on Ski Hill Road south of Bayfield.
g Raspberry River Walking Trail – Northwest of Red Cliff, the trail heads through pine barrens to the Raspberry River, which ultimately flows into Lake Superior. The trailhead is at the intersection of Old County Highway K Road and Rowley Road.
g Spring Creek walking trails – About 3.5 miles south of Cornucopia on County Road C, a set of trails run through the pine barrens near the Siskiwit River and lakes. Look on the road’s east side for the trailhead.
g Sioux River Flats Beach Trail – For a great beach walk, try this 1.9-mile stretch south of Bayfield. From Wis. Hwy. 13, take Bayview Park Road to a parking area and follow the beach to the Sioux River.

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