When it comes to beautiful hiking trails, the Minocqua area is top dog; for you and your pooch. Taking a hike in the Northwoods is as much fun for your four-legged family as it is for you and there are great dog-friendly trails throughout our area. Here are five top dog-friendly treks to try.
Named for the Bearskin Creek, this compacted granite trail is great for beginning hikers. You’ll cross at least a dozen old railroad trestles along this 18-mile former railroad corridor, showcasing some amazing views. The Bearskin trailhead is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Minocqua behind the post office. Dogs must be on a leash, 8 feet or shorter, at all times. State trail passes are required for bicyclists 16 years and older. There are self-registration stations are available at Dr. Pink Roadand the Hwy K parking area.
2. Mcnaughton Trail
This 13-mile unpaved trail has gentler terrain with a few steep hills. There are several scenic stretches as this trail loops through the forest around three lakes; McNaughton Lake, Helen Lake, and Hawk Lake. Leashed pets are allowed on this trail when there is no snow on the ground. A trail pass is required for mountain biking or skiing only.
3. Madeline Lake Trail
This trail has several loops that cover 16.5 miles of old logging roads. It is an easy to moderate hike with some rolling hills. Leashed pets are allowed on this trail when there is no snow on the ground. A trail pass is required for mountain biking and skiing only.
4. Raven Trail
The trail covers 13.5 miles and is moderately hilly with some being steep. The mix of loops are good for an intermediate and expert hiker. Leashed dogs are allowed on the trails except for the Nature Trail Loop. A daily or annual state trail pass is required for biking and skiing.
5. Schlect Trail
This trail system is a popular spot for winter activities but dogs are only allowed on the trail when there is no snow so take a summer hike and enjoy the extra advantage of bringing your dog on this trail. The 5 and 6.2 mile unpaved loops are a moderate terrain and wind around Schlect Lake. The trail is close to many area lodging spots and easy to access on Leary Road, right off of HWY 51.