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North Country National Scenic Trail: Wisconsin

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Rainbow Lake Wilderness

North Country National Scenic Trail is a 53.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Iron River, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 53.7 mi Elevation gain 4,169 ft Route type Point to Point

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Reviews (16)
Photos (56)
Recordings (13)
Completed (21)
Eric Hibma
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HikingBugsMuddy

Nice trail overall. We hiked the first 10 miles or so and set up camp. The mosquitoes were insane! We had to quick set up a tent to eat lunch out of the bugs. They swarmed every time you stopped. We had bug spray and mosquito head nets. Finally around mole 10 we had a lull in mosquito activity and set up camp for the night. The first decent water stop was about 10.5 miles in or so when the trail crossed a little creek. The trail turns very muddy with poor markings after about 10 miles. The first 10 miles were decently marked. Beautiful trees and dense woods for the first 8 miles or so.

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Bun Navigators
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Hiking

Have done various segments. The volunteers do an absolutely lovely job upkeeping the trails. A hidden gem. Lots of cool features (not just views but it has those too, in the typical rolling WI hills type way), go for yourself because I dont want to spoil anything. Does take a bit of driving. Make a day trip of any hike by stopping at the local Ashland Bakery shop and then the coffee shop across the street. Bring a fishing pole. If you havent fished Wisconsin you have never truly lived. You will know where the honey pots are because the fish are literally jumping out of the water and all the rivers look like Wyomings.

Irv B.
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The map on the app does not show the numerous parking lots distributed along this section of the NC trail. The trail can easily be divided into hikes of various lengths. Trail is usually well maintained by a local "friends" group.

Manning Peterson
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Hiking

the trailhead is indeed further south on A than what Google indicates. spring 2018 looks like some of the trails around rainbow lake were closed due to flooding. we hiked about an hour in and back and didn't see much water through the dense summer foliage. pretty trail, nice climbs, shady.

Julie Christensen
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Hiking

This is a beautiful section of the north country trail. My dog and I enjoy hiking in this area during the autumn when the colors are bright orange and yellow. There are roads that you will cross as you hike this trail, and there are plenty of places to park to enjoy new sections of the trail.

Peter Nordgren
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Hiking

This entry needs correction. This is a trailhead on the 4600 mile North Country National Scenic Trail. It's a hiking trail; mountain bikes are not permitted here. The trailhead is on County Highway A about 2/3 miles south of the location shown.

Tom Tom Sears
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First to Review

no location marker. no parking. maybe non existent.

Megan Braun
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Steve Shier
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Jessie Crow Mermel
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Stephan Konkol
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Cathryn Dippo
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Cathryn Dippo
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Happy Hiker
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David Johnson
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Joseph Schiavone
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