WinMan Trails Foundation enters into Land Use Agreement with DNR
January 17, 2020
WinMan Trails Foundation, LLC (WinMan Trails), a silent sports venue located 4 miles north of Manitowish Waters on Hwy W, has announced it has entered into a Land Use Agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) that provides access to 917 acres of DNR property.
Combined with the adjacent property owned by WinMan Trails, this land use agreement provides a total of 1,277 acres for development of public recreational trails for mountain biking, winter fat tire biking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, trail running and hiking. WinMan Trails is family and dog friendly with approximately 12 miles of mountain bike trails, 20 Km (12 miles) of cross-country ski trails and 5 miles (plus two more opening this Winter) of snowshoe trails. The cross-country ski trails and snowshoe trails are open to trail running and hiking during the non-winter months.
“WinMan is very appreciative of the DNR’s cooperation and willingness to work with us on the Land Use Agreement, allowing for the continued development of WinMan,” said Sue and Rick Gering, founders of WinMan Trails. “Currently, we are working to expand the mountain bike trails to approximately 20 miles over the next 2-3 years, while maintaining our primary focus of continually working to improve and expand the entire trail system. We are always researching and dreaming of new trail design ideas we can add to WinMan.”
WinMan Trails’ main trailhead is at 6870 Co. Hwy W, Winchester. This trailhead includes a modern chalet that is open to the public every day from approximately sunrise to sunset. The chalet includes restrooms and changing rooms, WiFi, and a comfortable gathering space with a wood burning masonry furnace that radiates heat for warming. According to the Gerings, “none of these trails or amenities would be possible without the generosity of our supporters and their donations.”
WinMan Trails is currently in the midst of the winter sports season. Ski trails and unique double wide snowshoe trails, to encourage camaraderie, are open and groomed regularly. A winter fat bike trail of approximately 8 miles is also groomed for those bikers interested in the beauty of the woods during the winter months. New to the ski trails this winter is a 5K Training Loop. This involved changing the direction of travel on certain trails to add some challenging uphill opportunities for those skiers looking for a more vigorous workout, and who may be training for the Birkie or other race courses which typically include more hilly terrain.