“A fun, intermediate trail close to Hayward and Seeley.
— Mike Laird
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.
See cambatrails.org for closures.
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!
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.