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Makwa

Intermediate
 4.4 (14) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A fun, intermediate trail close to Hayward and Seeley.


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Map Key

22.1

Miles

35.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

1,539' 469 m

High

1,273' 388 m

Low

1,063' 324 m

Up

1,062' 324 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

12%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

See cambatrails.org for closures.

Overview

This is a well maintained great singletrack trail connecting the Mosquito Brook, Gravel Pit, and OO trailheads in the CAMBA trail system. The trail runs along the famous American Birkiebeiner ski trail and crosses the trail numerous times in the 12.5 mile point to point route.

Need to Know

The first 1.5 miles NE of the Mosquito Brook trailhead have significantly more rocks and roots than the rest of the trail and would be a solid intermediate ability level. The trail gets progressively smoother and easier from that point to the OO trailhead. If you want a smoother ride, I would suggest to ride between Gravel Pit and OO trailheads.

Bring bug spray! I also bring extra bug wipes that can easily be stored in a pocket or backpack. In the event of a breakdown, you'll need it!

Description

The Makwa is a fun and flowing trail that winds through the heavily wooded Sawyer County Forest. There are occasional rock and root sections, but all can be easily ridden by beginners. The climbs and descents are also very manageable. Be aware, Mawka is a 2-way trail as it is usually ridden as an easy out and back from one of the several trailheads. For a quick return, you can hop on the Birkie ski trail at one of the several crossings. The trail is very well marked but maps can be obtained at cambatrails.org.

The Makwa is part of CAMBA's continuous Cable to Hayward singletrack trail. From Mosquito Brook, you can head south to a very similar trail (Hatchery Creek Trail) which will take you towards Hayward. Heading north from OO is more, great singletrack on the newly constructed Seeley Pass trail that connects with the Ojibwa trail to take you to Cable.

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Shared By:

Mike Laird

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 14 votes

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  4.4 from 14 votes
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SQUEEZE!!!
Sep 5, 2020 near Seeley, WI
Makwa Bridge
Jul 15, 2014 near Seeley, WI
OO Trailhead
Jul 15, 2014 near Seeley, WI
Mosquito Brook Trailhead
Jul 15, 2014 near Hayward, WI

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Jul 4, 2022
Jack Ritchie
Light drizzle rain, overcast. Trails perfect with lots of traction. Bugs not too bad. 6.5mi
Jun 2, 2022
Jack Ritchie
Jun 19, 2021
Adam Zinnecker
Sep 19, 2020
Marie Magro
head south from 00 7.2mi — 1h 20m
Sep 5, 2020
Tracy Meyers
Trail in perfect condition. Some fun switchbacks and minor technical rocks and roots. Bugs minimal. Only passed 2 bikers. Overall a beautiful trail 13mi — 2h 25m
Aug 3, 2020
Nathan Erickson
Fun Flow Fast
Jul 31, 2020
Tommy Grill
Aug 20, 2019
Kristen K

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