Open for snowshoeing December 15 to May 1. Part of the Phelps Trail System. Maintained and signed as a winter snowshoe trail, this system is also open to hiking and birding. Using over 12 miles of logging roads and ski trails over forested ridges and along the Deerskin River, trail users will find four color-coded loops originating at the parking area. These gently rolling, ungroomed trails do offer some steep areas. The trails are single track and one-way only (except for a short two-way segment to permit snowshoers to get to and from the parking area). Each snowshoe loop has a clearly marked “Begin” and “End” point, with blue “P” signs guiding the user back to the parking area. These trails were developed and are maintained by the Town of Phelps, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service. Caution: Snowmobiles may utilize some trail segments.
Across FR 2178, there is a trail into the Blackjack Springs Wilderness Area and Whispering Lake. While this is not part of the Phelps Trail System, there is a map depicting this area in the parking lot of the Deerskin Trails.
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