113 Bayfield St. East
Washburn, WI 54891
- 27.5 miles
The North Country National Scenic Trail is managed primarily as a long distance hiking trail. A long term goal for this trail is to have a continuous hiking trail from New York state to North Dakota (visit the North Country National Scenic Trail website ). Many people enjoy hiking short sections of this trail.
Cross country skiing is possible on the trail, however, the tread is not exceptionally smooth. Skiing is best late in winter when a crust has formed on the snow. Dog sled use is also allowed except where the trail follows the Penokee Mountain ski trail.
The majority of the North Country Trail in the Washburn Ranger District is located on flat to gently rolling ground. Most of this trail is marked with blue rectangular painted blazes. Within the Rainbow Lake Wilderness, the trail is not marked with reassurance markers, but has directional signs at some intersections.