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Rusk County's must-ride snowmobile trails

Some of the best snowmobiling in Wisconsin can be found in Rusk County. Hundreds of beautiful miles of trails welcome riders who would rather skip the crowds and hassles that can accompany busier trails to the north. Here are three gorgeous Rusk County routes to ride this winter.

While you can pick up our trail system in any corner of the county, Ladysmith is a good place for a home base. It's home to the biggest variety of lodging and dining options and Rusk County's trail system leads right into the city. We even maintain snowmobile lakes on bridges so you can cross the Flambeau River.

One of the things that make our trails especially nice is our warming shelters--you'll find three of them in Rusk County (look for the "warming shelter" icon on this map). The clubs and their supporters have done a wonderful job constructing these buildings. You might think you're in someone's vacation cabin!

Trails will take you into all of Rusk County's communities and through some spectacular scenery like the Blue Hills. The trails are well-marked, and maps are for sale locally (you can see an online version here).

There are more than 330 miles of maintained trails in Rusk County, so you have plenty of trails to explore. Here are three gorgeous Rusk County routes to ride this winter.

Route 1: The Blue Hills via Bruce and Weyerhaeuser

This beautiful longer route will take you through the Blue Hills. From Ladysmith, take Trail 12/27 to Trail 12. Pass through Bruce until you hit Trail 31. Follow 31 and stop by the Bruce Trailblazers warming house, located off Dejung Road. From the warming house, continue to Trail 133 and take that south through the Blue Hills, staying toward Weyerhaeuser. You'll pass another good warm-up spot--the Weyerhaeuser warming shelter. Continue east to Trail 12A, take that trail to Bruce and Trail 12 back to Ladysmith.

Route 2: An easy-to-ride loop south of Ladysmith

This shorter loop will take you south and east through Conrath and Tony. From Ladysmith, take Trail 98 southeast to Conrath. In Conrath, pick up Trail 99 and head north to Tony. In Tony, take Trail 166 back along the south side of the Flambeau River and into Ladysmith.

Route 3: A loop to the Sawyer County Border and beyond

This longer ride will make a few tracks into Sawyer County before heading south and east and stopping by the Hawkins warming shelter. Take Trail 29 to Sawyer County and join Trail 99. Head south to Trail 12 and take Trail 12 east to the log cabin-style Hawkins warming shelter. After warming up, continue south of Trail 25 to Hawkins and return to Ladysmith of Trail 116, passing through Ingram, Glen Flora and Tony.