Trail Conditions

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The Chippewa County Forest hosts numerous recreational trails that are well-used.  Mutual respect between all trail users is essential for maintaining the quality of the recreational experiences available within the forest.  The following link is for a YouTube video that demonstrates good trail etiquette when trail users meet each other - with an emphasis on Horses.  Mountain bikes and hiking boots don't spook as easily as a horse!  Please take a few minutes to review the video by clicking here


Please note:  The trails within the Chippewa County Forest are not subject to routine safety inspection.  Excessive wetness can lead to potentially hazardous trail conditions.  Use of any trail within the Chippewa County Forest is at your own risk. Wisconsin Statutes 895.62 is applicable as to liability.



County Forest ATV Trail- Trail Map [PDF]


Operation of licensed and registered ATV’s is allowed on the County Forest ATV Trail, for the sole purpose of game retrieval, after hunting hours until midnight on each day of the Gun Deer Season. Chippewa County Code of Ordinances, 16-9(g)(2).


Individuals who have been granted a County Forest Disabled Access ATV Permit by the County Forest Administrator may operate on the trail during daylight hours, and as described above, during the Gun Deer Season. Chippewa County Code of Ordinances, 16-9(l)(2).


To report a violation of the rules described above, please call the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Dispatch at (715) 726-7701.  If possible, please record the license plate number of the suspect ATV.


Hay Meadow Horse Trail- Trail Map [PDF]

The Hay Meadow Horse Trails are open for the season.  The recent rain and snow have resulted in wet spots on and adjacent to sections of the trails.  Despite isolated wet spots, the County and Chippewa Valley Trailriders’ Leadership elected to keep the trails open this weekend and with your help they will remain open. Please avoid trails that can’t be ridden without causing damage.


Wet conditions highlight the need for active trail volunteers.  Trails that are well laid out, constructed, and maintained are more durable under less-than-ideal weather conditions and result in more time on the trail.


We ask that riders practice good trail etiquette by riding on the trail tread and not off trail to bypass wet areas causing further damage. The Chippewa Valley Trailriders have been working hard this spring to repair trail damage and remove obstructions.  If you happen upon any small debris (cans, water bottles, etc.) please take the time to remove from the trail.  Please communicate any unpassable trail to Chippewa County or the Chippewa Valley Trailriders.

Thank you.

Chippewa County Department of Land Conservation & Forest Management

Chippewa Valley Trailriders

Thank you for your cooperation.  Michael E. Dahlby, Chippewa County Forest Administrator.  (715) 726-7921

The Chippewa Valley Trailriders website and facebook page are great sources of information about current conditions.  Taking care of the trail is a hallmark of responsible use! (updated May 2, 2017) 


Old Abe Bike Trail - Trail Map [PDF]


The entire Old Abe Bike Trail is closed for snowmobiling until there is adequate snowfall as determined by Chippewa County and the Chippewa Valley Snowmobile Organization. (updated December 30, 2017)


County Forest Snowmobile Trails Trail Map [PDF]

As of 8:00am on Monday, February 13, 2017, all snowmobile trails in Chippewa County are closed.

Please monitor the Chippewa Valley Snowmobile Organization Website and/or Facebook page for the most up-to-date trail information.


Please click here to link to the Chippewa Valley Snowmobile Organization Website where the most current trail conditions and other information is listed.


Town of Ruby Frozen Ground Road Access

The secondary forest access roads that are highlighted in yellow on the map contained at this link [PDF] are open as of December 23, 2017.  Please click here for more information.


Hickory Ridge Ski Trail (12/30/117)


The Hickory Ridge Trail System is open for fat biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.

Please click here to link to the Hickory Ridge Trail Conditions Report on the Skinny Ski website.  This site contains the most current information posted by skiers and trail maintenance staff.


River Road Ski Trail (12/30/2017)

The ski trail is open for the season. The base is thin but skiable.  There are not tracks at this time.  Additionally, several wet areas at the bottom of hills are bumpy.  All hills should be skied with caution,


Please click here to link to the River Road Ski Trail Map and Conditions Report on the Skinny Ski website.  This site contains the most current information posted by skiers and trail maintenance staff.












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