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About Hickory Ridge


CIMG0556Welcome to the Hickory Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trail. This trail winds through quiet and scenic northern hardwood forest. The trail system consists of three loops, all loops are challenging to the skier, with rolling to steep grades.

The South loop trail begins at the parking lot, off Bob Lake Road (225th Ave). The first kilometer of trail is two-way. Please use caution, and watch for other skiers. Ski trail lean-to shelters have been provided, on both the North and South loops, as rest stops for skiers. All loops are signed with either a snowflake blazer or a blazer depicting a cross-country skier, in addition, kilometer distances are also posted.

Near kilometer two (just before crossing  Hickory Ridge Forest Road), an option is presented to either return to the parking lot on the continuation of the South loop or proceed on to the North loop. The North loop terrain becomes more challenging, with longer downhill and uphill grades. The Tram Lake loop exits the North loop just beyond kilometer three, and provides the most challenging terrain of the entire system. The Tram Lake loop is 3.5 kilometers in length.

NEW for 2009 – Expanded ski trails, totaling 13K, offer NEW opportunities to explore additional Chippewa County forest land.  New trail spurs from the North Loop offer skiing to Dog Island Lake (8 K) and Highland/Lowland Lake (5 K).

The entire Hickory Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trail is groomed for both the traditional and the skating style skiers. Grooming is provided by the Friends of Hickory Ridge.

The Hickory Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trail was developed by the Chippewa County Forest and Parks Department. Labor for trail clearing was provided by the Wisconsin Conservation Corps.

For more information, contact the: Chippewa County Forest and Parks Department, 711 North Bridge Street, Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 or call us at (715) 726-7880

No fees are required for using this trail!

Donations are appreciated and used to improve the Hickory Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trail!

Please use the trail with care.
Keep an eye out for wildlife along the trail, as well as, fellow skiers.
Be courteous and yield to faster skiers.

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