Sunday, June 23, 2013

Great trails await hikers in Birchwood WI

Tuscobia Trail east of Birchwood, Wis.
Cabin-goers to the Birchwood, Wis., area will find that a couple of the state’s best hiking trails run in or near the village. Among them:
g Ice Age National Scenic Trail segment – Directly south of town, the Ice Age Trail cuts roughly north-south through the Cedar Lake Area County Forest. Take the forest’s eastern most jeep trail off Lemler Lane and pick up the Ice Age Trail for a 3.5-mile one way to Pigeon Creek.
g Red Oak East and West trails – Located northwest of town at the Hunt Hill Audubon Sanctuary, combine the two looping trails for a 1.8-mile hike. Despite the trails’ name, the highlight is a grove of large white pines that have been growing since the 1800s.
g Tuscobia Trail – Running on a former rail line, the trail runs through Birchwood on its way from Rice Lake to Park Falls. Heading northeast from downtown, the trail heads past Birchwood Lake, scenic farmland, and a bucolic woods for a 4-mile round trip to County Road F and back.

Learn more about these and nearby trails in Day Hiking Trails of Washburn County.