Hikers, dog walkers and cross country skiers have lots of new options when they visit the Nose Lake Trail west of Rhinelander. It has undergone some extensive grooming and this beautiful trail is now more accessible to all.
“We did some stump removal, lots of clean up and rerouted it so now it doesn’t cross two roads but only Nose Lake Road once,” Guy Hansen, vice president of Rhinelander Area Silent Trails Association (RASTA), said.
The work was done this summer with the help of a DNR bulldozer and driver, and a crew from the McNaughton Correctional facility as well as RASTA volunteers.
RASTA has taken over the upkeep of the trail, which used to be maintained by Oneida County. “Oneida County allotted money so we could do this,” Hansen said.
The Nose Lake trail is eight miles altogether with an almost three mile loop and a little over five mile loop.
“It’s a relatively easy trail,” Hansen said. “It’s pretty flat so lots of people of all abilities can enjoy it.”
This is one trail where dogs are welcome as long as owners have their pets under control and clean up any messes they may make.
While hikers enjoy the winding trail during the non-snow months, the trail is groomed as a single track trail during the winter for cross country skiers. Bicycles are also welcome for those into that sport.
“This is a really great trail because it is so easy and yet it winds around some of the most beautiful scenery,” Hansen said. “We’re really excited about how it was rerouted and think that it will be a lot safer for user because it doesn’t cross over as many roads.”
The trail is 12 miles west of Rhinelander between Hwy. K and Hwy. 8. Take a left on to old Hwy. K (off Hwy. K) and then a left to Oneida Lake Rd. to Hancock/Oneida Lake Rd. 8/10s of a mile. There is a kiosk with maps and an explanation of the new trail.