Woman snowshoeing in Boulder Junction WI in winter

Explore these cross-country skiing & snowshoe trails

December 18, 2023

Boulder Junction is a winter wonderland in Wisconsin’s scenic Northwoods, whether you’re skiing on expertly groomed trails or blazing your own route through fresh powder on a pair of snowshoes. Here are some of Boulder Junction’s top spots for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

First things first—check out winter trail conditions with our regularly updated snow report.

Need to rent or buy gear? Visit Northern Highland Sports or Coontail in downtown Boulder Junction.

Cross-country skiing

  • Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trails: Head into the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest about 7 miles south of Boulder Junction to find this trail system that offers loops of 2, 4, 5.5 and 8.5 miles. The scenic Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trails feature rolling hills and pass through different types of northern Wisconsin woodlands. The trail is groomed for classic skiing, and a Wisconsin State Trail Pass is required.
  • WinMan Trails: One of the top cross-country ski destinations in northern Wisconsin, this trail system located 17 miles west of Boulder Junction sits on more than 1,300 acres of land and offers outstanding opportunities for classic skiing and skate-style skiing. Trail loops vary in length from less than a mile to more than 6 miles.

Learn more about cross-country skiing in Boulder Junction here.


  • Lumberjack Trail: Snowshoers can explore up to 12 miles of trails that pass through wetlands and tall pine forests on this system that connects to the Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trail. Trail segments range from roughly 3 miles to nearly 6 miles.
  • North Trout Lake Nature Trail: This is a short—but incredibly scenic—1-mile loop that’s found just south of downtown Boulder Junction off County Highway M. The trail winds through a mature spruce-tamarack bog, as well as along the shores of Trout Lake, offering great views of the lake. If you’re looking for another scenic spot, head a little further south on M to find Cathedral Point Park, home to towering white pines on a peninsula between North and South Trout Lakes.

Learn more about snowshoeing in Boulder Junction here.