Saturday, June 1, 2013

Great trails abound in Drummond WI area

Drummond Woods Trail
Several picturesque day hiking trails await visitors to the Drummond, Wis. Among the routes:
g Anderson Grade Trail – The 4-mile trail crosses the Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area from east to west over rolling terrain. Balsam fir, Northern hardwoods, paper birch and pines line the trail.
g Antler Trail – Six trails make up the Drummond Ski Trail system southeast of town. This 2-mile route heads over gentle terrain through a Northern hardwood forest.
g Drummond Woods Trail – Northeast of town in the Chequamegon National Forest, this 0.75-mile trial offers interpretive stops for those wishing to learn about the local forest. A segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail, it’s a great route for seeing fall colors.
g Lake Owen Loop – Also a segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail in the Chequamegon, the Lake Owen Loop is about 5 miles long. It's best done in autumn when the bug count is down and the trees ablaze with color.
g North Country Scenic Trail segment in Porcupine Lake Wilderness – Over a mix of rolling hills and fairly flat terrain, the trail cuts through a forest of hemlock, maple, oak and white pine. Expect to see whitetail deer, loons, and songbirds galore, as well as signs of bear, coyote and fox.
g North Country Scenic Trail segment in Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area – Six miles of the trail crosses the wilderness area from northwest to southwest. Built on an old narrow gauge logging bed, it passes four lakes.
g Two Lakes Campground Trail – A 1.5-mile trail loops around Bass Lake near the campground in the national forest. Northern hardwoods and pines tower over the trail.

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