New Snowshoe Trails at Keyes Peak

January 14, 2015

Wendy Gehlhoff

Keyes Peak Ski Hill Committee

Florence, WI…… Keyes Peak Recreation Area now offers a free snowshoe trail network adjacent to Keyes Peak Ski Hill. The 1.5 mile trail network contains multiple loops and is signed with the new Chickadee Trail logo signs. To access the Chickadee Trails, take Hwy 70/101 south from Florence for 2.4 miles. Turn left to stay on Hwy 101 for 0.6 mile then turn left at the sign for Keyes Peak Disc Golf Scenic Overview to a plowed parking area. You can also park at the Ski Lodge and walk past the front of the lodge to access the trails to the north.

Volunteers created the new trail network this fall. The trails wind through the tall pines and mixed hardwoods left of the snow tubing run and traverse a small babbling brook. The packed trails are suitable for all snowshoe types. The ski lodge has several pair of kid sized snowshoes to sign-out and hopes to add more sizes for those who have never tried snowshoeing. If you own snowshoes you longer use, please consider donating them to the Lodge. Snowshoeing is great exercise and a wonderful cure for cabin fever. There are many other trails and 200,000 acres of public land to snowshoe in Florence County. Volunteers also added a beginner snow tubing run next to the bunny hill for younger kids and those not ready for the longer, faster tube run from the top of Keyes Peak. Keyes Peak is open Friday-Sunday and other non-school days. It offers 6 runs and rails and jumps for snowboarders. A family season pass is only $150 and daily lift tickets range from $8-$12.

Florence County also has 3 groomed cross country ski trails for winter enthusiasts. The medium difficulty 2.5 mile Lake Emily trail is just south of Keyes Peak Ski Hill on County D. The more difficult 9 mile Lauterman Lake trail is on Hwy 70 - 8 miles west of Florence. And the relatively flat 7 mile Hall’s Creek Trail is on LaSalle Falls Road north of County C. For more information about winter activities go to and click on the recreation guide, call 888-889-0049 or stop by the Visitor Center on the corner of US 2 and Hwy 70 in Florence.

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