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22.1 mile 35.6 kilometer out and back
100% Singletrack


Ascent: 1,063' 324 m
Descent: -1,062' -324 m
High: 1,539' 469 m
Low: 1,273' 388 m


Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)


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A fun, intermediate trail close to Hayward and Seeley.

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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.

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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!


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

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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Jul 21, 2018
Michael Giannini
Jul 2, 2018
Regina Ackley
May 27, 2018
Dan Hanson
Oct 9, 2017
Chuck Hutchens
Rode north from Mosquito Brook until I got the flooded bridge. Turned back here. Really fun trail. Plan to do the rest tomorrow! 10.8mi
Oct 8, 2017
Chuck Hutchens
Pre-dose for the WI School Cycling League NICA Hayward Hustle race! Lots of fun. Singletracks was awesome. Doubletrack had some really muddy areas. 5.7mi
Jul 25, 2017
Greg Earhart
Jul 15, 2017
Joe Horstmann
Jul 2, 2017
Dan Hanson

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Bil Danielson
Atlanta, GA
Bil Danielson   Atlanta, GA
The CAMBA folks have done an incredible job with the system over the last 10 years. Truly amazing what has evolved from the single digit miles of Hatchery Creek trail to a system that now runs across parts of two counties in northern Wisconsin pushing 100 miles of seriously fun single track - none of it is overly "technical," but if you ride it hard (and the design allows for really fast riding if you have the legs) it will tap you out with nonstop ups and downs, nicely engineered turns, and some really fun burms (gravity cavity). You really need several days to ride it all. When people talk about ride-able, fun, flowy single track the CAMBA system has to be one of the definitive examples. tip: if you're in the area in the fall, bring a good headlamp and take in a night ride on an out and back on Makwa south, or north on the Seeley Pass section. Then head on down to the Sawmill in Seeley, The Angry Minnow in Hayward, or Rivers Eatery in Cable - huge fun ridin, and great suds (Angry Minnow beers are really good)! Local shops Riverbrook Bike and Ski, and New Moon are great resources for out of towners - they also have group outings on the mtb trails and scheduled night rides too.. Ridden in many places around the country, it doesn't get much better than this for lay it down single track immersion! Sep 22, 2014

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