Where to go snowshoeing in Oneida County

ONE showshoeing 1People have been snowshoeing for thousands of years but the activity has never been hotter than it is today. Modern aluminum-framed snowshoes are lighter and easier to use than the older wooden models and they provide fun for all ages.

Some of today’s snowshoers are casual participants who occasionally head to the forest to enjoy nature and a bit of fresh air. Some snowshoers enjoy leaving civilization for long backcountry treks. Others are competitors who love the challenge of a snowshoe race. And some snowshoers are photography or birdwatching enthusiasts who use snowshoes as a tool to get the most out of their hobby.

Oneida County is a fantastic place to experience this fun winter sport at any level. You’ll find places to snowshoe virtually anywhere; the county has thousands of acres of public land open for backcountry snowshoeing and miles of beautiful snowshoeing trails. Oneida County has fun snowshoeing events very year that are open to all. And best of all, Oneida County gets lots of snow every winter so there’s usually a lot of fresh powder to explore.

Here are five great places to start your snowshoeing adventure:

Almon Park Trail

This trail, located five miles south of Rhinelander, has two loops featuring beginner and intermediate terrain.

Enterprise County Ski/Hiking Trail

Located about seven miles south of Rhinelander, this ungroomed trail features beginner to intermediate terrain.

Minocqua Winter Park

In northwestern Oneida County, this park is a winter playground, featuring miles of snowshoeing and groomed cross country ski trails. Warm up at the park’s heated chalet.

Three Eagle Trail

This trail in Three Lakes offers gentle terrain and miles of snowshoeing fun. The trailhead is in Don Burnside Park.

Washburn Lake Trail

For a more challenging trek head to this hilly trail system west of Rhinelander. There are separate ski and snowshoe trails and there’s a heated shelter at the Perch Lake trail head.

Make tracks at a Minocqua ski marathon

 

A cross-country ski “marathon” will come to Oneida County this month. On Jan. 31 the Minocqua Winter Park is hosting its signature event, the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous, which includes 42 kilometer and 24 kilometer cross-country ski races.

The longer race covers some of the park’s best and most challenging trails; the shorter event avoids some of the more difficult trail sections.

The events are chip-timed, feature seeded wave starts and offer awards for top overall and division winners. The marathon is a qualifier for the American Birkebeiner and the 24 kilometer event is a qualifier for the Kortelopet. The course features six on-course aid stations and there’s ski patrol coverage.

Minocqua Winter Park is a popular location for a variety of winter activities. During race weekend, family members of racers may purchase daily passes for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow tubing and ice skating.

Minocqua Winter Park is located at 7543 Squirrel Hill Road, about 15 minutes from downtown Minocqua via US 51 and Wisc. Hwy 70 West.

Get more information about the Wolf Tracks Rendezvous here.

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