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Work day results at Wisconsin Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin

3 Oct

Whew! Our annual trail work day accomplished a lot. Over the first weekend in October (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) twelve volunteers each donated several hours of their time. With the goal of having safe clear passages for skiing, they…

  • Chainsawed about 25 trees for removal (a localized storm on September 22 produced fairly widespread damage to our trail system)
  • Removed fallen trees, limbs, and branches; and bothersome rocks
  • Brushed the trail margins to maintain wide passages for skiing
  • Shoveled to create a smooth ramp approach for the bridge at #31
  • Filled a section of eroded areas with ten straw bales that were separated, compacted and retwined
  • Shoveled to fill eroded segments adjacent to straw bales
  • Felled trees to serve as “corduroy” at a deep eroded trench
  • Moved lumber in anticipation of bridge repair
  • Placed reinforcement cable at our bridge that is undergoing repair
  • Broomed off the roof of the warming house

We’re very pleased to have that above list out of the way. Many thanks to the helpers this past weekend: Dan Bale, Mike Cragg, Ron Jasperson, Shane Klein, Peter Neal, Jan Paulsen, Tom Paulsen, Steve Porn, Jerry Schneider, Jason Sirek, John Waldron, and Jerry Wilkes.

And a huge thank you to all of you that have helped with the many tasks this past summer (mowing, tree removal, equipment repair, equipment storage, eradicating carpenter ants, fixing the doors of the warming house, etc). If we tried to list all your names, we’d miss some. Please know that your volunteer efforts are greatly appreciated!

Summer activity on the Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin

24 Sep

What have we been up to? Read on…

Our volunteers have dodged the rain while mowing, removing fallen trees, and working on erosion control this summer. 98% of the trails are mowed and in good shape for hiking. Eastside trails closest to the warming house are least likely to be muddy. Erosion control has again been a huge challenge this year: two deluges (in May and June) damaged culverts and trails, and an important bridge was taken out of commission.

Many eroded areas have been repaired thanks to assistance from the Rusk County Forestry Department, dozing from the Wisconsin DNR, hired backhoe work, and handwork from our volunteers. Logging of the Eastside ridge line (a multi-year project) was completed in early September, and we’ve finally been able to create a long anticipated new trail that bypasses the old S-curve and its two erosion prone bridges.

Major accomplishments since ski season ended:

  • Purchase of a new snowmobile for grooming (2017 Arctic Cat Bearcat Groomers Special).
  • Sale of our old snowmobile (Skandic SWT).
  • Extensive repairs on our old snowmobile trailer.
  • Mowed 98% of the trail system, including removal of lots of downed trees.
  • Discovered carpenter ants invading the spray foam insulation of our storage shed — they were eradicated after receiving professional advice.
  • Our old Tidd Tech 6-foot grooming implement was thoroughly repaired by Sam Behrends’ Bruce high school students. It’s now ready for sale.
  • Enhanced on-site storage through purchase and delivery of a like-new 40-foot shipping container. This required site dozing, then placement of container on site, and moving equipment into container (securely locked).
  • Identified six areas of major erosion; subsequent dozer and backhoe work included replacement of many failing culverts.
  • Dozer and backhoe worked together to create a new trail that runs from 2A to 00; then joins old trail to continue from 00 to 20 (see map below). The old S-curve trail between 2-20 will return to nature.
  • Spread grass seed on the 2+ acres of fresh dozing.
  • Tore down the damaged bridge, and began reconstruction.

Many many thanks to the numerous volunteers that helped with all these chores!
We’re now in the process of a major bridge repair, and soon will be seeking volunteers to complete the job.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house are included in the picture gallery that follows. Find comments from Wisconsin (Bruce, Cameron, Ellsworth, Ladysmith, Rice Lake, Wausau), Minnesota (Minneapolis, St. Paul), Colorado (Pagosa), Illinois (Chicago, Elgin)…

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

The Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin – March through November 2016 – comments from visitors

2 Dec

From March to December, volunteers of the Blue Hills Trail Association keep busy with trail maintenance in preparation for their favorite time of the year: winter! Visitors to this 20-mile system of non-motorized trails enjoyed a rare bug free spring/summer/fall and shared their experiences with comments in our guestbook.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house are included in the picture gallery that follows. Find comments from Wisconsin (Augusta, Bruce, Cadott, Chetek, Eau Claire, Hawkins, Ladysmith, Madison, Milwaukee, Phillips, Rice Lake), Minnesota (Minneapolis, St. Louis Park, St. Paul, Zumbrota), Indiana (Indianapolis), Michigan (Traverse City)…

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

28th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in northwest Wisconsin

8 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 5th at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake. While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, this group of silent sports enthusiasts enjoyed camaraderie, libations, great food, and laughter. Storytelling by author/humorist Michael Perry created outlandishly funny images that had us howling.

After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Patty McGown) turned the floor over to BHTA president Ron Jasperson who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, including: an amazing amount of erosion following a May 31st deluge; the huge number of volunteers helping throughout the year; the tremendous all-season usefulness of the 2014 John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks purchased spring of 2014; and a good (but short) ski season during the winter of 2015-16 despite a strong El Nino event. Ron reported the trails are in good shape as we head toward winter, and noted that fundraising this fall has been very successful. He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid. Follow this link to read the full text of this year’s State of the Trails.

To honor a few of our many volunteers, three special awards were presented: Jonathan Stanley accepted the “2 BZ 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) honoring his numerous contributions of time and energy to many area organizations, ours included. Then beer connoisseur Ron Jasperson was honored for his many years working on the trails – he received a growler with glasses emblazoned with the logo “Got Trails?” And to recognize his incredible sleuthing skills and ability to explore issues fully, Ron received a special trench coat and cuban cigar and was publicly honored as our own Columbo (he does bear a striking resemblance to Peter Falk).

Following Michael Perry’s presentation, prizes valued at more than $5000 were distributed to the attendees — including Jim Cargill winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and Bob Peterson winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity arises, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you. Colder weather’s overdue, get your skis ready!

27th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in northwest Wisconsin

9 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 7th at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake. While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, this group of silent sports enthusiasts enjoyed camaraderie, libations, great food, and Dr. Bob Inman’s dynamic slide show presentation (“Wolverine Biology and Conservation”) describing ground-breaking work applying GPS tracking in the study of wolverines. The GPS technology that Dr. Inman and his wife applied for the first time to wolverines revealed the amazing capacity of the species to move through rugged terrain and the vast multi-state scale over which conservation of wolverines must occur.

After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Patty McGown) turned the floor over to BHTA vice president Ron Jasperson who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, including: the huge number of volunteers helping throughout the year; the tremendous all-season usefulness of the 2014 John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks purchased spring of 2014; and a very good ski season during the winter of 2014-15 that attracted more ‘out-of-the-area’ skiers than ever. Ron reported the trails are in good shape as we head toward winter, and noted that fundraising this fall has been very successful. He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor a few of our many volunteers, two special awards were presented: Patty McGown and Nels Curnow accepted the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) honoring their numerous contributions of time and energy. Then Dave Olsen was honored for his many years maintaining the pit toilets – he received the golden clothespin award.

Following Dr. Inman’s presentation, prizes valued at more than $5000 were distributed to the attendees — including Mark Bittner winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and Erik Ostenso winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity arises, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you. Colder weather’s overdue, get your skis ready!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

Illegal truck traffic damages ski trail in Blue Hills of northern Wisconsin

18 Oct

Cross country skiing on a wide, smooth, beautifully groomed ski trail is a pure delight.

Recently (probably the weekend of October 10-11) a truck illegally drove on a significant portion of the core loop of the Blue Hills Trail and created deep ruts on these soft, damp, and muddy sections that are prone to erosion. We’d like your help catching this person. Please read on.

Photos (below) show some of the damage, as well as the route traveled. It’s been an incredibly wet summer here in the Blue Hills. So… imagine driving your truck on really soft ground just after the frost is out, and that’s an example of some of the damage.

To access this non-motorized trail and create this damage required:

  • Driving past an official “No ATV” sign
  • Driving through a route used by an active logging operation
  • Driving around a Rusk County Forestry gate
  • Removing encroaching brush on a rarely traveled logging ‘road’
  • Driving past a non-motorized sign at the boundary of the trail system
  • Driving on a long section of smoothly-mowed, wide trail while creating deep ruts (section 24-3 on map)
  • Passing two more non-motorized signs (at map points 4 & 5)
  • Driving on 100 meters of a very soft section of trail (trail section 5-9), creating very deep ruts, then turning around
  • Then driving 80 meters on a different even softer muddy trail section (trail section 5-6), creating even deeper ruts, and turning around
  • Leaving by the same route used to access the trails

Make no mistake. This damage was not the result of a logger accidentally driving off course; or a County Forester out marking trees. This driver was way out of bounds, and clearly knew the actions were illegal.

Keep your ear to the ground. Perhaps we can catch the responsible party. Any information should be reported to the Rusk County Sheriff’s department: 715-532-2200. Or contact the Blue Hills Trail Association Inc (BHTA) at bluehillstrail@gmail.com

The BHTA is currently working with the Rusk County Forestry department and the Wisconsin DNR to help repair the damage prior to ski season.

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

Blue Hills Trail work day is Saturday morning, October 3rd

30 Sep

A quick reminder…
Our annual trail work day is this Saturday, October 3rd.
Wear blaze orange, arrive at the warming house at 8:30 a.m., and
bring gloves, branch clippers/loppers, spade shovels, chainsaws, and power brush cutters (ATVs may also be helpful).

Please Note:
As we divide up into various crews, one crew will focus on removing accumulated debris from under a couple bridges. That group will need footwear, gloves etc that will allow work in and around water. If interested in joining that work crew, please dress appropriately.

If the morning is quite chilly, we’ll probably have the furnace turned on in the warming house. Fun time in the woods, consider joining us for a few hours.

 

Summertime mowing of the Blue Hills Trail proceeds despite wet weather.

24 Jul

A great winter of cross country skiing at the Blue Hills Trail ended in mid March.

To enhance hiking, biking and hunting activities, the Blue Hills Trail in northern Wisconsin is mowed each summer. The volunteers of the Blue Hills Trail Association mow the softer damper Eastside trails using our John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks pulling our 57″ trail mower. The Rusk County Forestry Department mows the Westside trails and the few drier Eastside trails using a tractor and mower deck.

June and July have been wetter than usual, but mowing has proceeded despite running into frequent muddy sections of trail. Pictures below show a couple examples of the mowing operation. It’s really pretty amazing watching the tall grasses and weeds (at times over 6′ tall) yield to the trail mower.

Fortunately, bug activity has been quite limited this summer. The mowed trails are offering nice hiking right now.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house are included in the picture gallery that follows. Find comments from Wisconsin (Cameron, Eau Claire, Hortonville, Ladysmith, Neillsville, Oconomowoc), Michigan (Irish Hills, Traverse City), Missouri…

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

26th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in Northwest Wisconsin

1 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 1st at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake.  While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, this group of silent sports enthusiasts enjoyed camaraderie, libations, great food, and Bob Unbehaun’s dynamic slide show presentation (“Paddle the Puddle”) describing his 2004 solo kayak trip around Lake Superior.  After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Patty McGown) turned the floor over to BHTA president Dave Olsen who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, including: the huge number of volunteers helping throughout the year; and the successful Spring fund drive that allowed the purchase of a John Deere Gator with Camoplast tracks (to be used for winter grooming and summer trail maintenance).  Dave reported the trails are in great shape as we head toward winter, and noted that fundraising this fall has been very successful.  He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor one of our many volunteers, a special award was presented: vice president Ron Jasperson accepted the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) honoring Ron’s numerous contributions of time and energy.

At that point, prizes valued at close to $6000 were distributed to the attendees — including Bob Schwartz winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and John Waldron winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity arises, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you.  Colder weather’s on the way, get your skis ready!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

Annual trail work day a big success.

4 Oct

Each autumn, the Blue Hills Trail Association Inc coordinates a single work day to prepare the Blue Hills Trail for fall hunting, and especially the coming winter cross country ski season.  After last winter’s heavy snows, the past six months have been unusually wet, and after a couple days of more rain, this morning the work day crew was greeted by 1″ of wet snow on the leaf tops.  Thanks to a dry spell in July and August, the trails are nicely mowed and provide nice hiking even though very wet.

Despite chilly temps near 40 degrees F, one of our best ever work day turnouts showed sixteen hardy souls ready to go at 9 a.m.  After a brief planning session in the heated warming house, we split up into seven different groups and spent ~3 hours on trail work each (that’s about 48 hours of total labor if you’re counting).

Today’s accomplishments:

  • Cleared the entire WestSide of downed trees and encroaching limbs
  • Cleared 90% of the EastSide core loop of downed trees and encroaching limbs
  • Identified some additional downed trees in need of chainsaw work
  • Cleared the snowshoe trail of encroaching limbs, & identified downed trees that need chainsaw work
  • Put a new roof (metal) on the men’s pit toilet
  • Washed the warming house windows
  • Cleaned the cobwebs from the warming house furnace & turned it on for the day; it’s set to go when the winter ski season arrives.

Many thanks to today’s volunteers: Sam Behrends, Mike Cragg, Roger Gray, Lori Gray, Janelle Gruetzmacher, Tyler Gruetzmacher, John Kann, Jenna Lisowe, Frank Lowry, Dave Olsen, Jan Paulsen, Tom Paulsen, Steve Poethke, Steve Porn, Jonathan Stanley, and John Ziemer.

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

25th Annual Fundraising Banquet for the Blue Hills Trail located in northwest Wisconsin

2 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 2nd at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake.  While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, the enthusiastic attendees enjoyed libations, great food, camaraderie, and a captivating wildlife presentation by DNR Naturalist – Chris Cold.  After a delicious buffet meal, master of ceremonies (Jerry Wilkes) turned the floor over to outgoing BHTA president Dick Pebler who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, reporting the trails are in great shape as we head toward winter; and noting that fundraising this fall has been very successful.  He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor just a few of our many volunteers, a special award was presented: Dick Pebler humbly passed along the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) to Dave Olsen – honoring Dave’s busy lifestyle.

At that point, prizes valued at close to $7000 were distributed to the attendees — including Dick Pebler winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card, and Jeff Sirek winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity presents, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you.  Pretty soon now, it’ll be time to wax our skis!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

Fall colors in the Blue Hills of northwest Wisconsin

8 Oct

This year produced some of the more intense fall colors in recent memory.  The trails are in great shape, a beautiful place to unwind.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house

  • 9/28: Visitors from…  –Deerfield, WI
  • 9/28: Productive workday in the Hills! –Ladysmith, WI
  • 10/4: Visitors from…  –Rice Lake, WI
  • 10/5: Great day for a walk in the rain! –Apple Valley, MN
  • 10/7: Enjoyed a gorgeous day for trail work, then cleaned up the warming house & swept its roof.  Ready for snow! –Ladysmith, WI

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

Happy Holidays from the Blue Hills Trail Association!

25 Dec

To reflect on the beauty of the Blue Hills Trail, take a look at the following video (initially presented December 2011).  Happy Holidays!

How to view the video: on the lower right corner of the video screen, choose one of two different resolutions – for those of you with a slower internet connection, select the 360p mode; for faster connections choose either 360p or 480p.  Pause and play buttons are available, as well as volume control.  When the control buttons disappear, hover your mouse over the video to find the controls.  Just give the various control options a try – be sure to try the full screen view (the rectangle on the lower right).  Enjoy the show!

Grab a cup of coffee or hot chocolate, turn up your volume control, then sit back and relax.  See anyone you know?

If your time is short, try this version:

Annual fall banquet brings a fun group together to share in fundraising for the Blue Hills Trail cross country ski system in northern Wisconsin.

3 Nov

The annual fall banquet for the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. (BHTA) was held Saturday, November 3rd at Lehman’s Supper Club in Rice Lake.  While bidding on the numerous silent auction items, the enthusiastic attendees enjoyed libations, great food, camaraderie, and a captivating wildlife presentation by DNR Naturalist – Chris Cold.  Master of ceremonies (Jerry Wilkes) turned the floor over to BHTA vice president Dave Olsen who summarized the many significant events impacting the Blue Hills Trail this past year, reporting the trails are in great shape as we head toward winter; and noting that fundraising this fall has been very successful.  He was pleased to note that the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc. remains financially solid.

To honor just a few of our many volunteers, two special awards were presented: Jonathan Stanley humbly passed along the “2 Busy 2 Pee” traveling trophy (a porcelain urinal) to Dick Pebler – honoring Dick’s busy lifestyle that includes many volunteer activities.  Secretary/treasurer Tom Paulsen recognized several individuals that survived near misses while performing trail work – but the hands down winner of the 1st place Survivor’s Award was Steve Porn (see his picture below; & read his story in the August 16th, 2012 Blog Post).

At that point, prizes valued at close to $5000 were distributed to the attendees — including Jerry Wilkes winning the raffle for the New Moon $250 gift card, and John Stupak winning the raffle for the Spring Street Sports $250 gift card.  Our many donors graciously give back to their communities — when the opportunity presents, be sure to offer them a sincere thank you.  Now it’s about time for a good old fashioned winter!

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.

The trails are in great shape – many thanks to volunteers on the September 29th work day.

24 Oct

The entire trail system is in excellent shape!  The trails are wider & smoother than ever, making for great hiking now, and promising great skiing this winter.

Many thanks to those that helped on September 29th, our annual work day.  A special thanks to the group from the Rice Lake High School Conservation Club (pictured below).

You’ll be impressed by the many areas of trail improvements resulting from this summer’s work.  Aggressive dozing in July (time donated from the Wisconsin DNR and the Rusk County Forestry Department) reworked some rough and erosion-prone sections of the East Side Trails, then these areas were successfully seeded.  In August, a logging sale involving the East Side Trails also worked to our benefit: the logger decided to doze (smooth & widen) a large section of trails in anticipation of summer logging in 2013.  The logger also created a new shortcut trail that will add to the skier’s enjoyment (16A-20A on our trail maps).  All of these freshly dozed trails also were seeded in time for grasses to become established – check out the map & pictures below.

Recent comments from the logbook in the warming house

  • 8/18: Beautiful day!  We are looking forward to exploring more beautiful Blue Hills trails! –author’s location unknown
  • 8/19: Enjoyed our visit. –Columbus, OH
  • 8/30: Went for a nice run. –Bruce, WI
  • 8/31: A visit from… –Litchfield, MN
  • 8/31: Hiking! –Rice Lake, WI
  • 9/3: Mt bike outer loop 1:18, super ride! –author’s location unknown
  • 9/12: Walking in the rain in beautiful forest is PRICELESS! –author’s location unknown
  • 9/12: Gorgeous day w/ gorgeous friend! –Ladysmith, WI
  • 9/29: Workday :)
  • 9/29: RLHS conservation club came & picked rock etc from ski trails. –Rice Lake, WI
  • 9/29: Blue skies, red leaves brighten my soul as we walk through the trees! –Rice Lake, WI
  • 9/29: Enjoyed cabin & trails!! –author’s location unknown
  • 9/30: 1st time here  :-)  –Colfax, WI
  • 10/6: Did some serious biking on the trails.  Beautiful crisp day with some snow to add to the scenery.  I nearly fell off my bike on some rocks & trees & went ice skating on the leaves, but we made it out alive!  We jumped in the Flambeau River 5 days ago & enjoyed snow today!  We love adventure!! –Exeland, WI
  • 10/13: Visiting from… –Memphis, MO
  • 10/14: Great hike… no birds. –Weyerhaeuser, WI

How to view images: To see larger versions of the thumbnail photos, view each picture individually by clicking on the thumbnail; or you can “show as slideshow” by clicking the link above the images. To move quickly through the slideshow click the photos themselves. For either option, if you want to save the image for yourself, simply right click the full size image to obtain the original; higher quality images are available by contacting our website.  To avoid copyright infringement, reprints must credit the Blue Hills Trail Association, Inc.