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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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Trail shared by Mike Laird

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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