The Washburn/Ashland Bike Trail is officially open for use by cyclists and hikers.

The trail is approximately 14 miles in length from trailhead to trailhead. The Washburn Trailhead is located near the entrance to Memorial Park while the Ashland Trailhead is located on the Tri-County Corridor at its intersection with Sanborn Avenue The trail is marked with small signs displaying a green biker/hiker symbol.

The trail committee recommends only mountain or fat bikes be used this season due to extremely wet and muddy conditions. The trail is a mowed path and is not paved or surfaced. Hikers are always welcome. The committee also said to alert to avoid portions of the trail that are compromised and bikers should be prepared to dismount and walk your bike to avoid areas of concern.

Maps are available online at northcoastcycling.com or on the Northcoastcycling Facebook page. Printed maps will be available in Washburn at Washburn City Hall, Washburn Hardware and Sport, CoCo's and The Washburn Area Chamber of Commerce. In Ashland, maps will be available at The Ashland Chamber of Commerce, The Blue Wave Cafe and Solstice on the lake.

The Washburn/Ashland Biking Trail is opening this season on a pilot basis.

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