South of Cable, WI:
We at Up North Guided Tours help to maintain 3 trails that can be ridden using fat tire bikes, all of which are located just South of downtown Cable Heaven (HVN), Heaven Extended (HVN X), and Tortoise (TRTS). All three are East of HWY 63 and West of Randysek Road. HVN and TRTS are within Bayfield County Forestland with access points off Randysek, and HVN X is on a large tract of private land directly to the West of HVN’s far point. There is next to no signage on these trails, so TAKE OUR ADVANCED TOUR, then you’ll know where you are going! All three, but HVN X in particular, are pretty damn remote, so be prepared (parts, tools, hydration, nutrition, some medical gear, extra layers, and communication devices with service) or leave it to us.
HVN is trail for those with ADVANCED off-road bicycle riding, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing skills as it contains steep pitches, rougher trail, and one enormously steep hill you hike up before riding down! It features both open power lines-style and deep forest primitive 2-track riding. The only signage on the whole trail is at its base where Randysek meets HVN’s entry/exit point, which is just South of the power lines and about 100 yards North of the North End Cabin. Those signs are a Double Black Diamond sign and a Caution Motor/Silent Sports Multi-Use Area sign, so BE CAREFUL/PAY ATTENTION! HVN’s turnaround point (the far point) is on the power lines, up the enormously steep hill, at the deer stand. With beautiful views in all directions, it’s a great place to catch your breath and gear up for the face-ripping, gravity-based downhill you just climbed! Tip 1: once you make the initial minute and 15 second climb up HVN from Randysek, go right on the 2-track out to the power lines, go left at the lines, and follow the power lines to the deer stand. Tip 2: once you come down the enormously steep hill from the deer stand and the following hill, look to your right to cut into the wooded 2-track, and follow same down to Randysek . Effectively, HVN is an incredibly diverse loop that throws a lot of terrain at a rider in a short period of time! HVN is open so long as Bayfield County Forestry and/or CAMBA have not closed area trails, so it is generally open during Summer, Fall (except during deer season), and Winter seasons. We groom HVN in the Winter for snow biking as much as we can!
Heaven Extended (HVN X)
HVN X, like HVN, is for those with ADVANCED skills due to several enormous steeps/a gravity section/prolonged climbs, and it blends open power lines-style riding with 2-track riding; but unlike HVN, HVN X is only open for snow biking, snowshoeing, and Nordic skiing from December 1 thru March 31. Yes, that is right, HVN X is a WINTER ONLY Silent Sports Trail. Please note that: HVN X is the most remote trail we help to maintain, as it starts and ends at HVN’s far point, the deer stand; like HVN, it contains some the most challenging terrain in the entire area; and HVN X rewards you with some of the very best backwoods views. Follow our 33” groomed path around HVN X’s big-ass loop, you will not be disappointed! It is the real deal as it incorporates Flow, Gravity, and Enduro forms of off-road winter riding. Tip: when going down the barn burner steep heading West from HVN’s deer stand, hike the steep straight ahead of you to the power lines’ high-point, and get ready for the best minute and 44 seconds NW WI has to offer! (See our last video from the Winter of 2018 on our YouTube Channel for your viewing pleasure). We groom when we can!
TRTS is an INTERMEDIATE snow bike route that is best categorized as cross country riding, so get ready to do some sustained climbing! No bicycles are allowed on TRTS any time of year, except Winter. TRTS is also a snowmobile route, so exercise extreme CAUTION/play defense. Accordingly, please do not wear ear buds, keep all your senses alert, and remember that “sharing (trail) is caring.” Tip 1: pull off to the side when you hear snowmobiles and figure they are not looking for you. Snow drifting does happen on this trail, so Tip 2: we groom on the Western side of the trail. Remember, TRTS has no Snow Bike signage, so the Northern Entry of TRTS is off Randysek at the Southeastern corner of the Deer Ex-Closure fence. Tip 3: when starting TRTS from its Northern Entry, you follow the fenced Deer Ex-Closure for about 200 yards, then go left at the split so you are heading away from the Ex-Closure in a perpendicular fashion (and visa versa when heading North from TRTS’s Southern Entry off Randysek). Tip 4: TRTS’s Southern Entry is marked by a yellow Timber Sale sign. We groom when we can!
For a self-guided tour…
Remember, if you want a self-guided tour, check out our shop in downtown Cable and rent our higher-end Borealis Flume fat tire bikes and Tubbs Wilderness 30 snowshoes during Winters, or give us a call about our Chicago Area equipment rentals during non-Winter months. And of course, don’t forget about us when it comes to purchasing off-road cycling apparel.
Have a ton of safe fun!!!