3 days ago

Great trail! Brother and I hiked in 7 miles and primitive camped near a beautiful lake. Hiked out to Franklin Lakes camp sites second day, spent night there.
Beautiful scenery and lakeside camping had beautiful weather late September 2018. See our adventure here:

11 days ago

Nice hike on snow covered trails. My 11 year old daughter and I were the only hikers on a Sunday at noon so I assume it is not a high traffic trail. Hiked the Birch Trail but did not make it to Ed's Lake this time. Well maintained and happily paid the fee at the trailhead.

cross country skiing
18 days ago

The trail was packed down and very rough from walkers and snowshoes, would recommend not to ski. Terrain was hilly which was great and trails nicely marked

Beautiful area. Special northwoods scenery.

Hiked West trail out (nice, easy), Devil's trail back. Devil's trail had some good hills but also a large tree across the path that was challenging to get over.

Very nice set of trails, the first time I really needed to wear hiking boots this trip. With a little shortage of time I was able to get 4.29 miles in. Lots of options.

6 months ago

Started at the Franklin Nature trail and went clockwise. Beginning was very beautiful following a ridge and then descending to skirt the lake. Got extra water at the campground between Luna and White Deer Lake. Saw fish, frogs, butterflies and dragonflies. Was initially planning to camp near Harriet Lake but changed to Pat Shay Lake on the advice of a camper I met. Turned out the trail was flooded out where it passes Harriet Lake to the South so I had to backtrack to the road and take that to the dispersed camping east of Harriet Lake. Wasn't a great spot, it's among cabins. Attempted to get back on the trail in the morning but mosquitoes were too thick and I took paved roads back to the car.

Did some snowshoeing this past winter was beautiful and the chickadees land on your hands if you feed them

11 months ago

Great trail for winter hike. Tied this trail together with a trail system not shown on AllTrails for a 10 mile hike. Trails are groomed for X-Country skiing but you can go off trail as well. Good elevation changes to make it a true moderate trail system. Trail head is easy to find and there are trail maps at every sub-trail intersection.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Love this trail! Challenging to do entire 15+ miles and also great trail for day hikes out and back from either Luna Whitedeer trailhead or Franklin nature trail.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Most beautiful trail! Two sections of the trail underwater.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Nice for mountain biking. Mostly wide trails, but single track on Valley Loop. Lots of hills. Good workout!

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

No majestic bluffs, waterfalls, ect, just the most beautiful serene forest with crystal clear glacial lakes you will find in the Northwoods of Wisconsin

Saturday, March 11, 2017

A beautiful late winter, early spring hike. we went from the Franklin campground trail to Hidden Lake Trail, out and back about 5 miles total. it was about 6°F and sunny. trails were sometimes snow covered, a few inches deep with ice crust, or cleared to the leaves and pine needles with a few patches if ice.

Walked a lot on ridges through pines and birch forest, and highlight was walking on a ridge between two small frozen lakes.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Bring some birdseed if you're skiing in during the winter. The chickadees and squirrels will love you for it. There's a nice little hut where you can build a fire and make a day of it. I've biked this a few times in the summer (on a 650b) and it's exceptionally bumpy and rooted. I'm looking forward to trying it out this summer on a fat bike, which might make it a bit easier.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Pretty forest, nice variation in the trail.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Found it good for mountain biking with levels from easy to very difficult. Trails were marked and fairly well maintained. I was very surprised no one was biking it.

cross country skiing
Friday, August 05, 2016

Awesome place for xcountry skiing and feeding the birds!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Good hike with kids!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Unexpectedly tough trail, but I managed to get through it. I hiked halfway around the loop and stayed overnight at one of the developed campsites. The one I was looking for was not marked well, but with some exploring, I found it. The sites of these lakes weren't anything spectacular, but the hike was fun.

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