New book features Douglas County day hiking trailsSuperior and Douglas County receive prominent billing in the latest recreational guidebook to northwest Wisconsin – “Headin’ to the Cabin: Day Hiking Trails of Northwest Wisconsin,” by Rob Bignell. The book was released in April.
Superior and Douglas County receive prominent billing in the latest recreational guidebook to northwest Wisconsin – “Headin’ to the Cabin: Day Hiking Trails of Northwest Wisconsin,” by Rob Bignell.
The book was released in April.
Describing more than 100 trails, the book covers nine Wisconsin counties — Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, St. Croix, Sawyer and Washburn. Nearly two dozen trails are in Douglas County.
“In Northwest Wisconsin, you can walk across 1.2 billion-year-old rock, dip your toes in the world’s largest freshwater lake, tramp along the same routes that the first European explorers bushwhacked during the 1600s, and see the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rockies,” said Bignell, an avid hiker and author of the popular and critically acclaimed “Hikes with Tykes” guidebooks. “I’ve hiked in more than 30 states now, and Northwest Wisconsin certainly ranks up there with the best.”
The book separates trails by communities that cabin-goers frequent. Each community entry includes at least one feature article about a great local trail, snapshot descriptions of several other area day hiking trails, and a list of neighboring communities for easy cross-referencing.
“Headin’ to the Cabin” focuses on day hiking trails that hikers can trek in under a few hours and lists multiple trails in every major recreational community.
Among the Superior/Douglas County trails listed are the Big Manitou Falls overlook trails in Pattison State Park, Gandy Dancer State, Millennium, Osaugie, Pokegama, Saunders, Tri-County Corridor, and Wild Rivers State trails in or near Superior; the Bayfield Road, Brule Bog Boardwalk, Brule-St. Croix Portage and Stoney Hill Nature trails in Brule River State Forest; the North Country National Scenic Trail; and Amnicon Falls island trails in Amnicon Falls State Park. Several of those trails receive two-page write-ups.
“With so many fantastic trails converging on Superior, Douglas County is a day hiker’s paradise,” Bignell said. “Big Manitou Falls alone ranks as one of Wisconsin’s must-see natural sites.”
A long-time hiker, editor and journalist, Bignell is uniquely qualified to discuss hiking. He and his son Kieran have hiked through old groves of redwood trees that soared 150 feet over their heads, peakbagged mountains, rambled along ocean coastlines, searched fossil and gem trails, and explored remote desert canyons, often all in the same month.
Those experiences led to Bignell’s previously published hiking books, “Hikes with Tykes: A Practical Guide to Day Hiking with Kids” (2011) and “Hikes with Tykes: Games and Activities” (2012).
Bignell served as an infantryman in the Army National Guard and taught middle school students in New Mexico and Wisconsin.
His newspaper work has won several journalism awards, from editorial writing to sports reporting. In 2001, The Prescott Journal, which he served as managing editor of, was named Wisconsin’s Weekly Newspaper of the Year.
A Wisconsin native, Bignell now lives with his son in Hudson.
“Headin’ to the Cabin” is available for purchase in paperback or ebook at http://hikeswithtykes.com/headintothecabin_orderabook.html.