Winter Trails

RASTA has a winter sports trail for everyone! Whether you like to fat tire bike, snowshoe, classic ski, or skate ski there are multiple types of trails to suit your needs, from beginner to expert. 

Washburn Silent Sports Trails

The Washburn Area Silent Sports Trails are located on Oneida County forest lands west of Rhinelander.  Perch Lake County Park hosts the main trailhead.  Trailhead features a picnic area on the shores of a spring fed lake, a warming shelter with covered outdoor patio and fireplace, and restrooms.  The 21.6 kilometers (13.4 miles) of ski trails have multiple loops and are groomed for both skate and tracked classic skiing. The hilly glacial topography is a draw for intermediate and advanced skiers, while beginners will also find moderate trails leading from the parking lot.

The trail system also includes 13 miles of ungroomed and marked snowshoe trails with multiple routes to please everyone, the novice snowshoer as well as the more spirited adventurer.  These snowshoe trails are popular with fat bikers.  

Note:  Snowshoes, fat bikes, foot travel, and dogs are not allowed on ski trails when they are snow covered.  

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Cassian Two-Way Cross County Ski Tail

The Cassian Two-Way cross country ski trail is located west of Rhinelander and can be accessed from multiple trailheads.  The main trailhead is at 7578 County Highway K, but this entire trail can also be accessed from the Washburn Silent Ports Area if a longer route is desired.  The 14.5 kilometers (9 miles) of trails are groomed for traditional tracked classic skiing to provide a round trip of 29 kilometers through remote county forests.  The gently rolling terrain is designed to accommodate users with a wide range of skills.  

Of special note, the trail is a very social trail providing side by side skiing with friends.  Dogs are allowed on the north section from the Beaver Lake Trailhead to the first road crossing (Sheep Ranch Road).

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  • South Trailhead – 7578 County Highway K, Rhinelander, WI 54501
  • Middle trail access – 7642 Timber Lake Rd. crossing (limited Parking)
  • North Trailhead – 5332 Beaver Lake Rd. Rhinelander, WI 54501
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  • Oneida County Forestry Map Link
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Nose Lake Trails

Nose Lake ski and snowshoe trails are located west of Rhinelander and offer 12.5 kilometer (7.8 miles) of trail groomed for traditional tracked skiing.  The trails feature gentle topography in remote county forests, making the system very popular with skiers possessing either a beginner or intermediate skill set.  A most popular feature of the Nose Lake Trail is that dogs are permitted on the entire system.  There is also a portable restroom in the parking area.

The Nose Lake trails also feature multiple snowshoe routes totaling 2.3 miles, blazed through balsam forests, oak and maple ridges, and stands of aspen, white and red pine.

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Enterprise Trails

The Enterprise Winter Silent Sports Trail is located 8 miles south of Rhinelander on Hwy G, with the trailhead at the parking lot at the Zimmer Road entrance.  The trail is groomed for fat-tire biking, snowshoeing, and back-country skiing.  The trail has both an 8 mile long loop, and a shorter cut-off creating a loop of almost 4 miles.   This trail is unique as it traverses through peat bogs, black spruce swamps, navigates glacial eskers, and crosses the Enterprise Hemlocks State Natural Area with stands of mature mesic forest heavily dominated by Hemlock, many over 200 years old with some dating back to 1720 A.D.  Much of this area is only accessible in winter.  Dogs are permitted.  Please, no foot traffic without wearing snowshoes.

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Mud Lake Trails

Enjoy eight miles of trails groomed every winter specifically for fat biking and snowshoeing.  Mud Lake trails are located three miles north of Rhinelander on Crystal Lake Road. The gently rolling topography includes hardwoods, aspen, pine, and the oh-so-popular cedar swamp.  Several private landowners allow access to their property to make this trail system available for your enjoyment.  Please respect their property, and please, no foot traffic without wearing snowshoes.

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  • Fat Biking
  • Snowshoeing
  • Dogs Permitted
  • RASTA Donation tube at trailhead kiosk
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