Friday, May 23, 2014

Blue Hills, great trout streams await day hikers in Rusk County, Wis.

Several trails cross the ancient Blue Hills.
A variety of day hiking options await visitors to eastern Rusk County, Wis., home of the 1.7-billion-year-old Blue Hills.

Among the many trails:
g Blue Hills East Trail – Fourteen stacked loops over a variety of terrain are used by cross-country skiers in winter but can be day hiked other seasons on a system maintained by the Blue Hills Trail Association. A trailhead is off of Fire Lane Road, just north of the Excelsior Road intersection.
g Blue Hills West Trail This sister set of cross country ski trails includes two stacked loops and a lollipop trail. The trail is on Excelsior Road, a left/west from Fire Lane Road.
g Devils Creek State Wildlife Management Area trails – Bring a fishing pole and follow a Class I trout stream on this unmarked trail. From Weyerhaeuser, take County Road F north for a little more than six miles; at the Y intersection with County Road O, turn right. Where the road crosses Devils Creek, park off the shoulder and head south along the creek.
g Ice Age National Scenic Trail – Trailheads to various segments are located on Old 14/Bass Lake Road, Bolgers Road and Bucks Lake Road. The trail runs 1200 miles, generally marking the southern edge of an ice age glacier that covered much of Wisconsin about 10,000 years ago.
g Potato Creek State Wildlife Management Area trails – If you’re in the mood for a little trail blazing, visit this public area, which boasts meadows and an array of hardwood trees that make for splendid autumn displays. Access the area from Roses Resort Road, east of Wis. Hwy. 40.

Find out about trail guidebooks available in the Hittin’ the Trail series.