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Cable Mountain Bike Trails 

The same topography that makes the Cable area's segment of the Birkie trail so challenging is also reflected in the Cable area's mountain bike trails.  What we lack in long ascents, we make up with a roller coaster-like small intense climbs.  Yes, we have flow, but you might have to leave your seat once in a while too.

 

Ojibwe

In Summer

Ojibwe is one of the great old school trails with some newly added flow sections.  This trail can be done as a loop, but can also be your starting point to ride from Cable to The Gravity Cavity and 38 Special.

What to expect: The Ojibwe is a classic north woods single track.  It is rocky, hilly and only one bike width...single track.  The fact that you climb from the North End Ski cabin to the "high point" of the Birkie trail should tell you something.  As our friends from other areas remind us that it's only an elevation change of a few hundred feet, but you will climb and descend hundreds of 15 foot hills in the process, so be ready to get out of the saddle or use your lighter gears. 

Who will love it:  Those who want an aerobic work out and who want to see fewer than 1 person per mile.

Access:  While you can park in Cable behind the old school at the assigned trail head, you can also drive 1 mile south on Randysek Road and park at the North End Ski Cabin.  This eliminates some road riding but you will also miss a lovely section of woods along the Namakegon River.  This step cuts two miles off your ride, but the gentle warm up could help you adjust to the aerobic ride on Ojibwe. your choice.

The Loop:  Ojibwe can be ridden from the North End Trail head clockwise or counter clockwise.  I'm not sure which way I like it better.  If you ride it counter clockwise you will follow the route that begins the Borah Epic. 

Secret #1.  Ride from the North End Cabin all the way to the fun stuff like Gravity Cavity( several miles) then take a right on Winding Pine Road (the road by the "do over" sign.)  After about a half a mile take another right (north) on the rocky road.  That is Randysek - the same road you started on.  Ride up and over the high point and down hill to the North End Cabin - maybe 3 miles or so.  This gives you an amazing ride on old school single track, flow trails and gravel through a very lightly travelled area.

Secret #2.  Ride from North End to Camp 38 Road (this will be the second gravel road you will cross).  As you hit Camp 38, look 10 feet to your left.  Here you will find the entrance to a newly built flow trail that will have you wondering if you are still in Wisconsin.  The trail lasts a couple of miles and dumps you into the Camp 38 Trailhead on Spider lake/Telemark Road.  From there take a left and either ride the road all the way back to Telemark or ride  a mile to Timber Trail, take a left and look for a trail crossing to rejoin the Ojibwe back to the North End Cabin.

Secret#3.  Just north of the trail crossing on the eastern half of Timber Trail lies a new section of very fun single track (new as of August 2017).  As you leave Timber Trail on the single track you will see a split to the right.  A few hundred yards later you will come to a winding bridge feature.  That leads to 15 minutes of very nice down hill riding.  It's not a loop yet, but you can either ride back up or follow the two lane back to Timber Trail.  Eventually that trail will connect to the Esker.

 

Danky Dank

If the Danky Dank doesn't give you an aerobic and bike handling skills work out then you need to leave the area quickly because you won't find a more appropriately challenging trail in Wisconsin.  The first several miles wind along an ancient esker with lot of rubble and large rocks.  Be ready for unending ups and downs, sharp turns and beautiful views of a northern forest.  

 

Recently the Danky Dany was connected to the Rock Lake trail system by a hand built trail called Treasure's Trace.  Check your Camba maps to determine if you are going to ride an out and back from one of the two starting points on telemark Road or if you are going to ride end to end connecting the Dank with Treasure's Trace. 

 

In Winter

Oh boy!  Have we got winter tails?  At this point there are so many great trails I have to refer you to the Camba facebook page.    https://www.facebook.com/cambatrails/

I am partial to the trails I groom, which are the Cable Town Trails and the Backside and Westside Trails located north of Timber trail.  Particularly nice for beginners is the Cable Town Trail.  Have a cup of coffee, ride for an hour and come back for pizza and a refreshment.

 

Forest Roads

We have numerous forest roads to ride.  I have some favorites that are 10 mile and 20 mile loops.  We have very little traffic on our forest roads so almost any are delightful, just be sure that you are not riding on snowmobile trails.  Want a recommendation?  Drop me a note at admin@theidealmarket.com.

 

Seeley Area

Ground zero for fat bike single track in the nation is Seeley WI, 7 miles south of Cable.  Here is a link to their facebook site.  https://www.facebook.com/cambatrails/