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X-Country Ski: Kettle Moraine State Forest South Unit, McMiller Trail System

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  • Kettle Moraine State Forest McMiller Ski Trails,

    County Rd NN and Walters Rd, Eagle, WI (map)

    42.856102 -88.517372

  • At Trail Head at end of Walters Road. I'll send out my cell phone number a week before this activity.
  • GPS coordinates: Lat[masked] Long [masked]

    This trail system, on County Highway NN south of the Village of Eagle, WI provides skiing for skate and classical stride skiers. The trails traverse some significant terrain which provides great training opportunities for all skiers. The trails pass through primarily hardwoods forest and pine plantations. Five trails of different distances and degrees of difficulty greet skiers of all abilities. McMiller's heated shelter building with flush toilets and some vending machine refreshments is open on weekends. The trails are open every day of the week.

     

    Fees (Payable to the Wisconsin DNR):

    1.  A WDNR Vehicle Admission Sticker: Required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks and recreation areas. Vehicle with out-of-state plates Annual $35 Daily $10. Vehicle with WI license plates Annual $25 Daily $7

    2.  A WDNF Trail Pass: Required for all X-country skiers age 16 or older (in addition to vehicle admission sticker). Wisconsin resident or non-resident pass is: Annual $20 Daily $4.

    3.  NOTE: There's an additional $5 fine for anyone who fails to pay the fee before using the trail (if there's a self-registration station available.)

    Most visitors buy their daily or annual sticker when they get to a state park and forest entrance. Forest headquarters: Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays - Saturdays; and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays. Forest HQ is located at S91 W39091, HW 59 (West of) Eagle, WI 53119 Phone: [masked]

    Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted when the park office is open. Self-registration stations are available for payment of fees when the office is closed. Annual admission stickers and state trail passes can be purchased over the phone by calling the DNR at [masked] between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

    I don't see any information on ski rental. So if you're renting, you may need to rent before you travel up there.

    Use GPS coordinates, Walters Road intersection with Highway NN. Trailhead is at end of Walters Road.

    Don’t wear cotton. Cotton absorbs sweat, then you’ll get wet and then cold.  Don’t wear downhill or snowmobile outfits.  You’ll soon be overheated from the activity of x-country skiing.  You should have a slight chill as you start skiing.  You’ll soon warm up!  Practice jogging or speed walking in the outfit you’ll wear x-country skiing.   You’ll be able to gage how many layers you’ll need to wear.  Usually I’m wearing 2 lite layers, and glove liners without the gloves.  You’ll also need wraparound sun glasses for the snow glare.  Goggles will for up when you get heated-up.

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  • Rob

    I am playing it by ear right now. If the temps drop soon enough, I will drive up, otherwise, I will have to bow out.

    January 10, 2014

  • David

    I decided to back out. If it wasn't so far, I might consider still going but with about 3.5 hours round trip, it may be disappointing. Sunday may be better if anyone is interested in going around the NW suburbs area.

    January 10, 2014

  • karen

    I am new to th group and was wondering if anyone lives by Higland park and would like to drive together

    January 7, 2014

    • Paul V.

      After walking around outside just now, decided not to go. My backcountry skis need a binding fix and really believe it'd be too slushy for touring skis. Raining pretty good in Highland Park right now. I am planning a trip up there again, so even if it's not a club trip, could give a heads up if you'd like a ride.

      January 10, 2014

    • karen

      Unfortunately I will not be able to go tomorrow. I am home sick but thanks for the rides.

      January 10, 2014

  • Paul C.

    I am backing out too. Slushy trails are not fun. Nordic Trails (Kettle Moraine South) has their candlelight ski Saturday Jan 25.

    January 10, 2014

  • Marcia

    The ski conditions don't sound that promising right now. I just talked with McMiller [masked]) and they are expecting rain this afternoon and above freezing temperatures. Unless conditions change, I do not plan on heading up tomorrow. I really like McMiller trails so hoping to still get up there this winter.

    January 10, 2014

  • catlleya s.

    i'd like 2 carpool 2!i can take my car or ride in urs.knw my car is very old but wel maintained n f god forbid we got in any trouble,i got d stuffs we mite need.BUT IF U GOT AWD OR SUV,i'll b ur passenger n wil chip in w/ xpenses.u can pick me up or u can park ur car (street parkin)oswego n dempster in morton grove.

    January 6, 2014

    • Ray

      Back Yard Bikes, a mile from the State forest rents skis. You will need to find their web site to reserve them. REI around Chicago rents skis. You'll need to find which store is closest to you & check availability for your size (ski length is dependant on your ht/wt).

      January 8, 2014

    • Ray

      January 8, 2014

  • Ray

    If anyone can make it out to Aurora by car or Metra, you can ride with me (limited space). The 2 Metra stops around Aurora are the BN Aurora and the UP-West Elburn stations. Both are end of the line stops on the respective Metra lines.

    November 27, 2013

    • Ann B

      I would be interested in carpooling and could meet en route as I will be traveling from the southern suburbs.

      January 6, 2014

    • Ray

      If you can drive to Aurora you can park in my driveway. I want to laeve at 7 am.

      January 7, 2014

  • Beck A.

    Just got back from a weekend in the snow. The bike and hike trails at John Muir and Emma Carlin are great! Of note, there is a fat tire bike race at John Muir on Jan 11. If anyone is renting anything from backyard bikes, be sure to reserve in advance and get there early to get your gear together. It will be very busy. https://www.bikereg.com/Net/imba-winter-fest

    December 30, 2013

  • Ann B

    Is anyone interested in carpooling with a meeting point along 294 or I90/I94?

    December 27, 2013

  • Ann B

    Regarding carpooling -- I would travel either 294 or I94/I90 (depending on exact directions) through the city from the southern burbs. I would drive (mid size sedan) or ride.

    December 19, 2013

  • Paul C.

    Backyard Bikes at Hwy 12 and Cty H in LaGrange has ski rentals at a very reasonable price. They are about a mile south of the Nordic Trails in Kettle Moraine South.

    1 · October 23, 2013

    • Dawn S

      Thank you for the info!

      December 17, 2013

  • Jane

    Here's the link to an upcoming REI workshop for beginner XC skiers: http://www.rei.com/event/35888/session/82157

    November 1, 2013

    • Ray

      REI Chicago region sends you to Grand Geneva Resort for downhill and snowboard classes. Classes are $150 for non-members. (See my Jan 4 meet-up at Grand Geneva Resort. $25 for 1 hr x-country lesson)

      November 22, 2013

  • Beck A.

    Is there snow shoeing on this trip also?

    October 22, 2013

    • Ray

      Snow shoeing is prohibited on X-country ski trails.

      October 23, 2013

  • Flosi G.

    I have that day off . But if it is to cold I will stay home

    October 23, 2013

    • Ray

      We're counting on it to be cold. It’s outside in the winter, with snow.

      October 23, 2013

  • Ray

    A trail Pass: Required for all X-country skiers age 16 or older (in addition to vehicle admission sticker). Wisconsin resident or non-resident pass is: Annual $20 Daily $4. Why? It costs money to groom trails. Bike and ski trails are more expensive to maintain than hiking trails. Snowshoers & hikers are prohibited from using groomed X-country ski trails.

    October 23, 2013

  • Ray

    Fees:
    Most visitors buy their daily or annual sticker when they get to a state park and forest entrance. Forest headquarters: Open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mondays - Saturdays; and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sundays. Forest HQ is located at S91 W39091, HW 59 (West of) Eagle, WI 53119 Phone:[masked]
    Visa, MasterCard and Discover are accepted when the park office is open. Self-registration stations are available for payment of fees when the office is closed. Annual admission stickers and state trail passes can be purchased over the phone by calling the DNR at[masked] between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.
    NOTE: There's an additional $5 fine for anyone who fails to pay the fee before using the trail if there's a self-registration station available.
    A vehicle admission sticker: Required on all motor vehicles stopping in state parks and recreation areas. Vehicle with out-of-state plates Annual $35 Daily $10. Vehicle with WI license plates Annual $25 Daily $7

    October 23, 2013

  • Ann B

    I would like to see that part of WI as well as cross country ski. Presently, I own a set of men's cross country skiis, boots (size 12), poles made by Rossingel (I think 215 - very long). If interested, please contact me

    October 23, 2013

  • Eduardo

    Anybody know a shop in the city that rents cross country skiis and boots?

    October 22, 2013

    • Ray

      REI: There are 4 locations around Chicago

      October 22, 2013

    • Beck A.

      Viking ski shop in Logan Square. I've had great luck with REI but you may need to reserve way in advance.

      October 22, 2013

  • Rob

    A few REI locations rent them as well. http://www.rei.com/stores/rentals.html#Illinois

    October 22, 2013

  • stephen

    Lagrange General Store offers good quality rentals at a fair price. You can "like" them on Facebook to keep up with snow conditions in the region. This is the best place to x-c ski in close proximity to Chicago.

    1 · October 22, 2013

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