​​Cycling Wisconsin's North Coast on Beautiful Lake Superior !

Washburn to Long Lake

Bike type-1” tire or greater

An easy ride from Washburn into the surrounding countryside ending at lovely Long Lake. Fields and forests along the route.  All paved roads with low traffic. Park at Thompsons West End Park or Harborview Event Center. 
Distance - 17 miles

Superior Vistas Road Ride via Forest Rd 236

Bike Type 1” road tire or greater

Explore the back country of Washburn and lower Bayfield Peninsula all on paved roads with relatively low traffic counts. Several rides available from the County C – Forest 236- to Ondossegon road and back to Washburn. Enjoy farm, field and forest at the height of fall colors.  Possible starting points at Washburn, Ino or Forest Road 236 off County C. Small stretch of well-maintained dirt road at Terwilliger road and County Hwy G. Parking at West End Park or Harborview event center.
Distance:-50 miles

Scenic Washburn
Bike type:  All types
This is a ride that starts and ends at West End Park and circles Washburn.  This ride is up and downhill on mostly paved roads with some traffic. Shorter loop avoids the dirt roads.   You will see views across the historic Chequamegon Bay and the upper and lower reaches of the lovely City of Washburn area. Along the lake you pass through an area rich with history of this early settlement.
Distance - 6 miles 

Friendly Valley Road to Valhalla and Niemisto loop

Bike Type:  > 2” tire - Mountain or Fat Bike

This ride features lake vistas and forest logging roads through farms, homesteads, and County/National forests. The road surface varies from paved to gravel to moderately rocky trail and passable deep sand in a few areas. The grade is gradual. You can start at valhalla or friendly valley, or shuttle between two points if you just want to go downhill.  Parking is at Friendly Valley road and the beach or at Valhalla off County C. Entrance to the trail is FR 439 across C from the restrooms.   
Distance - 14 miles one way


We hope you are able to enjoy one of these rides. We included a sampling of the Bayfield peninsula for all types of riders.  There is nothing quite like the Bayfield Peninsula in Fall in our view.  Weather averages in the mid to high 40’s, but the Lakes warming effect  and low light of fall can create some exceptional comfortable days. The rides below range from easy to challenging. 

Be prepared, pack appropriate water and clothing to match weather conditions and make sure you have the proper map resources. Cell and internet service is weak or absent in many areas.  We recommend the Avensa App available for Android and Iphone. The Bayfield County Plat map will give you a good baseline map of the area. 

Forest Adventure Ride & Loop to Kettles

Bike type – 3” tire or greater

This is one or several rides that bring you up above the lake into the forest and onto the Souix  and Onion river watersheds and all the way up to the old Bayfield Star route road.  Expect mostly wide but rocky and sometimes sandy roads with infrequent logging truck traffic.  The entire loop might take all afternoon, but there are shorter loops available using Smith Fire to Stone road. 

Kettles Route
Starts at the Butterfield Road and Star Route Parking area.  This route takes you along the top of the watershed of the Siskiwit and Sand Rivers and passes along the way an area known as the Kettles that is a natural series of deep depressions left by the last glaciation.  These once common geologic structures have largely been plowed over in Wisconsin but exist here in relatively pristine form.  (The Kettles are located off Jodi road just below the intersection of FR 104 in Section 31 on the Bayfield platt map. )
Distance - 22 miles round trip (Jammer Hill route) 7.9 miles(Kettles route)