Nearest City: Rhinelander
Crystal Lake is located in Rhinelander and is one of many great trails in this area. The trail is very difficult to find because the parking lot is located off of a private driveway. Refer to photos and map links to help you find it. The parking lot is an area equipped to hold maybe ten cars and is a clear cut grassy area. No toilets on site so make sure you take care of any business at the local gas station before you get to the trail.
If having to drop a deuce at the Rhinelander BP station is a negative, than it's the only negative this trail has. This is an approximate 8 mile, loaded with technical riding. You'll find rock gardens, roots, dips, steep technical climbs and descents, a plank ramp over a fallen log, log bridge and some ramps just for fun. It is well maintained and has great flow. The trail builders are starting to mark the trails making to easier to get around.
If you're a beginner, don't try this one. We heard a story from one of the locals about a couple of guys who were looking for a technical trail…they ended up having to be picked up half way through. The shame!
The scenery is beautiful, especially as you work your way around the lake, however, a good section of the woods has clearcut, taking that element away, bummer.
We rate our trails based on scenery, flow, technical and aerobic difficulty. That being said, it's not the best in the state, but it's one of our top 10 picks. This trail should be on your list. If it's too short for ya , then head over to Washburn Lake-cool things are a happen'n.
Ratings based on a scale of 1-5 • 5 Being the highest •