Biking in the wintertime is growing in popularity every year. Whether you have a mountain bike, fat bike or sometimes even a road bike, there are many places in the area to ride and enjoy some beautiful scenery along with getting some great exercise.
From biking on the frozen surface of Lake Superior (including the famous Bayfield to Madeline Island Ice Road) to riding the roads in the Chequamegon National Forest and cruising the popular fat bike trails at Mt. Ashwabay, wonderful opportunities for winter cycling abound.
Riding on the ice on Lake Superior has been popular for several years. The first ice bikers were the ice fishermen who modified their bikes to pull an ice fishing sled with all of their gear. Today, many cyclists have taken their bikes out to Madeline Island and even further. (NOTE: General guidelines regarding ice thickness and safety can be found at http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html. Studded tires are recommended for ice riding.)
National Forest roads are another great place to ride during the winter months, offering cyclists an awesome chance to connect with nature and track all of the wildlife that use those roads for easy passage. A lot of the forest roads are plowed throughout the winter and others are still rideable with the use of fatbikes.
A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.8 inches or larger and rims 2.6 inches or wider, designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow or sand.
Bayfield’s Mt. Ashwabay Ski & Recreation Area has some great fatbike trails that offer the rider a terrific workout and a lot of downhill thrills. You can find more information on their trail system at http://www.mtashwabay.org/winter-fat-tire-biking.html.
Ashland has a great walking/biking trail that runs along the lake, as well as along the 5th Street Corridor. This walking/biking trail connects with the Tri-County Corridor. If you were really ambitious, you could make your way all the way to Superior. Click here for a map of the City of Ashland Rail Trail System
Would like to Travel from Ashland to Washburn by bike? Click here for a pdf version.
Ashland and Bayfield counties have a map of paved road/routes for some wonderful .biking. Just call 715-682-2500 and request the Ashland/Bayfield County Bike map or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.