WinMan Trail System, Winchester, WI

Did you know silent sports are a big deal pretty much anyplace that has woods and measurable snowfall each year? Well, it's true. And now, tucked into the north woods of WI, between Winchester and Manitowish Waters, they've created a modest and very fun trail system. Depending on the time of year, it can accommodate mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiles.

I went up in the early fall, so mountain biking was on tap. They had just spent the summer grooming existing trails and building new ones. This was my first visit, but it sure was fun.

The trails reminded me of a big pump track, but with pedaling thrown in from time to time so you feel like you're actually getting a workout. It's a modest parcel of private land with a whole network of intersecting and crisscrossing trails, made by trail-builders, so they look like they stay in good shape and last.

Many of the trails come up and down small bowls or "hollers", which gives great views of the terrain. There are berms that beg to be ridden up to the lip, bridges to balance over, and table tops to slow speed and get some air on.

As I hope you can see, and if you're in the area or want to find a new place to bring the family, I think it's worth a ride.

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