Description - The entire 8.4-mile trail is open to hikers, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, horses, off-road bikes, and cross-country skiers. The trail is along abandoned railroad bed primarily through an open area comprised of young aspen, but mostly swampland. According to published material, wild raspberries and many kinds of flowers grow along the trail. However, according to the administering forest service, few wildflowers are reported. The surface is rough railroad ballast.
Copyright: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Saunders State Trail
- Located in Northwest Wisconsin, the low-lying multi-use Saunders State Trail travels through wetland on its journey to the Gandy Dancer State Trail, which explores both Wisconsin and Minnesota territory along a 98-mile corridor. To reach the Saunders State Trailhead head south on Hwy. 35 from South Superior. Travel a very short distance to Old Hwy. 35, a historically preserved horseshoe link. Take Old Hwy. 35 to its junction with Schallemier Road. A parking lot and trailhead are located at this junction.
Recreation - Saunders State Trail is open to hikers, snowmobiles, ATVs, horseback riders, off-road bikes, and cross-country skiers.
Climate - Northwest Wisconsin has four distinct seasons with warm summers and long winters. Great Lakes Michigan and Superior tend to make summers cooler and winters milder close to shore. January's average temperature is in the single digits F (-teens C). During summer, temperatures can climb to above 90 degrees F for several days (32 degrees C). Nighttime summer temperatures occasionally dip below freezing. The area's average yearly precipitation ranges from 32-34". Annual snowfalls in the Northwest Region have a wide range; the southern areas may receive 20" while the northern areas may receive in excess of 200". Dressing in layers is a good way to remain comfortable in Wisconsin.
Saunders State Trail is located a short distance south of South Superior off Hwy. 35.