Makwa -> Hatchery Lollipop

One of the highest-acclaimed trails in the massive CAMBA network!

Trail Running Moderate

Distance
47 km
Ascent
696 m
Descent
697 m
Duration
6-7 hrs
Low Point
376 m
High Point
475 m
Gradient
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Makwa -> Hatchery Lollipop Map

Description

For an entertaining, remote run through the CAMBA Trail system, dubbed the "Singletrack Capital of the Midwest," consider running the Makwa Trail to the Hatchery Loop, and back again. This trail system in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest is home to over 300 miles of trail, making it difficult to pick the perfect route. But the Makwa Trail to Hatchery receives rave reviews all over the internet.

CAMBA's high-quality trail building is fully on display on this route. High-quality bench cut singletrack provides delightful swoop and flow, creating such an entertaining trail quality that you'll be covering miles upon miles of singletrack before you even realize just how far you've run! CAMBA themselves characterizes the Makwa trail as "twisting, climbing, fun, flowing singletrack," asserting that "you will love this run!"

The Hatchery Trail, the loop reward on the end of this lollipop, consists of "rolling singletrack, moderately technical through glaciated terrain," according to CAMBA. It's "not a beginner's trail, but a thoroughly fun singletrack romp."

Hatchery is located just outside the town of Hayward, which serves as a tourism hub in Northern Wisconsin. With in-town tourism attractions, lodging, food, and craft beer, Hayward is the perfect basecamp for running in the area (if you don't want to camp). Consequently, Hatchery is one of the most easily-accessible trails in the massive CAMBA trail system. If the 29.5-mile lollipop route mapped here is too much for you, consider just running the 8.9-mile Hatchery trail which offers "1, 2, 4, 6, and 7 mile cut-offs."

Difficulty

Moderate

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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