About Us

RASTA (Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association) is a non-profit organization, founded by a group of silent sports enthusiasts dedicated to non-motorized recreational use of lands open to the public. From the beginning RASTA has promoted, sustained and improved a number of local hiking, biking, snowshoe and ski trails.  Over the years RASTA has expanded our support and service to public trails to include building and grooming trails for multi-use year-round silent sports recreation.

Each year our volunteers put in hundreds of hours maintaining, managing and building trails.  Volunteers work in the field, fundraise, manage grants and contracts, promote trails, and sponsor public events in support of silent sport opportunities.

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RASTA 2021 Major Accomplishments

  • Washburn: Completion of No BS Loops – machined intermediate single track with advanced features. Construction of the Pump Track – Family friendly bike loop with rollers, banks and table tops, built adjacent to Perch Lake Park. 
  • Nose Lake: Cleared 1-mile extension of well blazed and mapped snowshoe trail on east side.  Improved ski trail deck.
  • Mud Lake: Armored slopes and stabilized sandy areas.  Volunteers rerouted a section of trail off private land to assure long term access.
  • Summer and Winter Trails:  General and on-going trail maintenance including mowing, removing brush and downed trees, clearing leaves and improving tread on various corners and slopes.
  • Events: Held CPR Training, RASTA Rally and WEMS Rock n Root

RASTA Long-Term Accomplishments

  • Helped Oneida County fund and build the Judy Swank Perch Lake Shelter
  • Built & maintains 30 miles of single track trail for mountain biking, snow biking, hiking, and snowshoeing.
  • Grooms & maintains 30 miles of xc-ski trails, from beginning to advanced, for both classic and skate skiing.
  • Fundraising for trail projects including; grant management, funding campaigns, membership and donations.
  • Purchased trail building & grooming equipment to maintain quality trails.
  • Apply for and receive grants such as:

RASTA 5 Year Plan (2020-2025)



RASTA and the Oneida County Forestry, Land and Recreation Department formed a partnership to provide the public with outstanding recreational opportunities on County Forest Lands.


  • RASTA contributes funding, volunteer work and trail expertise.
  • The County contributes, funding, grant administration, access to forest properties, staff time, maintenance and heavy equipment operation.  

  • The County and RASTA partner to secure grants to improve and develop trails. 

  • The County contracts with RASTA to groom and maintain over 30 miles of ski trail, which includes 8 miles of Fat Tire Bike Trail.

  • RASTA has developed over 37 miles of single track bike trails, added 7 miles of ski trail and blazed over 8 miles of designated snowshoe trails on County forest lands.

For more information, email info@rastatrails.org.