Staying in a town that has trails nearby is a real treat. Staying in a yurt that is 25 yards from the largest trail network in the midwest is like winning the treat lottery. A long weekend took a group of five to Wisconsin’s CAMBA trail system. With hundreds of miles of possible trails to ride, we ended up staying in a yurt in the middle of the woods, away from everything, but the trail. The Yurt Just a few miles out of town (Cable, WI), the county (Bayfield County) put up a yurt for those seeking to experience their beautiful surrounding landscape. Being on both mountain bike trails and on the Birkie Ski Trail, this Yurt is ready for anyone looking to experience silent sports right out their front door. 20 feet in diameter and room to sleep 6, the yurt has a wood stove to keep the winter or late night chill at bay. That’s about it. No electricity, no running water. Annnnnnnnnnnd that right there is perfect. Special note on the accommodations, you park at the bottom of a hill and need to hike any and all gear up to the yurt, which is around a 1/3 of a mile into the woods. Pack smart. The Trails The Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association (CAMBA), has dozens and dozens of miles of trails. Single track in the area is prime and we didn’t have the time to ride any where close to them all. What we experienced was typical of this area, consistent up and down. The trail is similar to Greenbush, to provide a local comparison, but much more pronounced. Meaning you’re going to have to work to get through it, but hey, if it was easy, everyone would be doing it. Make sure you ride the Rock Lake loop, extremely fun trail. Outside of that, take a long weekend and experience some amazing trails that are right here in Wisconsin, you won’t be disappointed!
OSHKOSH – HIGH CLIFF STATE PARK
Date: June 3-4
WHAT TO EXPECTWe will depart from Winnebago Bicycle at 8:00am on Saturday. Our route on Saturday morning will follow the WIOUWASH trail to the Friendship Trail. From here we will navigate through the Appleton/Menasha area and enter the park from the north. Total ride distance is approximately 39 miles. Expected time of arrival to the park is 12:00pm. We will setup camp and then feel free to do what you would like. Stay at the campsite or explore the park. For those who have not been to High Cliff, there are plenty of trails to hike, we recommend a pair of hiking shoes to pack along for the ride! Sunday morning will involve a quick breakfast and camp teardown. We will look to leave High Cliff in the late morning, between 10:00 and 11:00am. Our trip home will complete the circumnavigation of Lake Winnebago. Day 2 will total approximately 50 miles of riding with an expected time of arrival to Oshkosh between 3:30-4:30, leaving time for a lunch stop in Fond du Lac.
WHAT TO BRING
- All sleep equipment
- Food/Hydration for yourself
- Spare tube(s) for your tire size
- Anything else you feel necessary for an overnight camp
- Hiking clothing (highly recommended)
- Includes campsite reservation, guiding, and lunch on Sunday