Hickory Ridge Recreation Area
The Hickory Ridge Trail System is made up of trails to be used all year long. For current updates, visit them on Facebook!
The off-road mountain biking trail is 14 miles in length and winds through the quiet and scenic oak and aspen forest and consists of three challenging loops. These trails are maintained throughout the spring, summer, and fall for hiking and mountain biking. During the winter the trails are groomed for snowshoeing and fat biking.
Also in the winter, the trails are used for cross-country skiing which is groomed for traditional and skating style. The ski trail is 27 kilometers in total length and wind through quiet and scenic northern hardwood forest and consists of multiple loops with rolling to steep grades. All loops are challenging to the skiers and expertly groomed by the Friends of the Hickory Ridge Trail. The South Loop trail begins at the parking lot, off Bob Lake Road (225th Ave). The first kilometer of the trail is two-way. Please use caution, and watch for other skiers. Ski trail lean-to shelters have been provided, on both the North and South loops, as rest stops for skiers. All loops are signed with either a snowflake blazer or a blazer depicting a cross-country skier, in addition, kilometer distances are also posted.
Near kilometer two (just before crossing Hickory Ridge Forest Road), an option is presented to either return to the parking lot on the continuation of the South loop or proceed on to the North loop. The North loop terrain becomes more challenging, with longer downhill and uphill grades. The Tram Lake loop exits the North loop just beyond kilometer three and provides the most challenging terrain of the entire system. The Tram Lake loop is 3.5 kilometers in length.
No fees are required but donations are appreciated. There are donation canisters at the Dog-Island Lake Trailhead and the South Loop Trailhead. ALL donations are used to improve the Hickory Ridge Cross-Country Ski Trail!!