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Chippewa Cross Country Ski Trails

River Road Ski Trail

This 2.5 kilometers ski trail is located along the Chippewa River, approximately 2.5 miles north of the City of Cornell. Two separate trails challenge intermediate and advanced skiers through rolling terrain to return along the gentler grade of the River Road to the parking area. Beginning skiers will find the River Road itself to be a good place to practice their strides.

The River Road cross-country trail includes beginner and advanced loops winding through a scenic hardwood forest bordering the Chippewa River.

The Blue Trail is the longer of the two trails. It winds through some of the more challenging terrain with steeper downhill and uphill grades. The Yellow Trail is 2.4 km. The skier will encounter more gentle slopes. Located several miles north of the city of Cornell off CTH CC. Beginner loop 5.5 miles and advanced loop an additional 2.5 miles.

Cost: Free


Travel north on County Road CC from Cornell for about 2.2 miles to 239th Avenue. Turn east and travel about 0.4 miles to the trailhead.

Hickory Ridge Ski Trail

This 14.2 kilometers trail winds through quiet and scenic northern hardwood forest. Winding through scenic oak and northern hardwood timber, this cross-country ski trail system consists of three loops, all loops are challenging to the skier, with rolling to steep grades.

Rest shelter:

Rest shelters are located at the North and South loops. No dogs permitted.

South Loop:

The South loop trail begins at the parking lot, off Bob Lake Road (225th Ave). The first kilometer of trail is two-way. Please use caution, and watch for other skiers. Ski trail lean-to shelters have been provided, on both the North and South loops, as rest stops for skiers. All loops are signed with either a snowflake blazer or a blazer depicting a cross-country skier, in addition, kilometer distances are also posted.

North Loop:

The terrain becomes more challenging with longer downhill and uphill grades.

Tram Lake Loop:

This trail exits the North Loop just beyond Kilometer 3 and is the most challenging section of the entire system. The Tram Lake Loop is 3.5 kilometers.


About an hour northeast of Eau Claire, about 8 miles east of Bloomer. 10.5 km of rolling hills through a beautiful kettle-morraine area in the Chippewa County Forest. Take US 53 or State Hwy 124 North to State Hwy 64. Take Hwy 64 east to County Road E. Turn left on County E and follow the signs. 11 miles, intermediate and advanced. Striding and Skating.

Cost: free-will donation.

Contact Information:

Friends of the Chippewa River State Trail
2546 New Pine Dr, Altoona WI 54720
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Phone: (715) 559-9825
Website: http://www.chippewa-river-trail.com/

Supportive information:

Chippewa County Forest and Parks Department
711 North Bridge Street,
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729 or call at
Phone: (715) 726-7880.