MINOCQUA — Fat tire bike enthusiasts can head to Minocqua this winter, where they can ride 7 miles of trails developed and maintained by the Lakeland Area Mountain Biking Organization Inc. (LAMBO).

During winter, LAMBO grooms these trails located on town of Minocqua-owned property for some of the best winter fat biking around. The trails are open year-round, and because the Northwoods Zip Line operates on the same property, no hunting is allowed.

The nonprofit group this past year finished a new 2-mile F-trail segment, called Backcountry Trail, to expand the original Zip Trail.

Professional trail builder Travis Bellman designed and built the new trail, assisted by club members and supporters. Bellman has designed other mountain bike trails throughout the United States, according to LAMBO President Andrew Teichmiller.

The club spent two years planning and fundraising to finance the $19,000 cost of building Backcountry Trail.

There are three segments of Backcountry that riders can choose from. The first segment is considered the easiest. The second segment includes a few jumps and some tighter turns. The third segment has the most features and jumps for riders to test their skills.

While the Backcountry Trail is officially a bit over 2 miles, the ride ends up being 3 miles for those who do all three segments. That’s because the three downhill segments all share the same uphill return route.

Beginners and intermediate skill level riders will appreciate the “wonderful and beautiful” Backcountry Trail, said Teichmiller.

The full LAMBO Zip Trail consists of several loops of machine-built “flow” trails that wind through the woods and beneath the zip lines. From beginner to intermediate, there are varying degrees of difficulty. For example, named after a LAMBO member, “Sue 1” and “Sue 2” segments were designed for beginners and children.

Riders can use the LAMBO Zip Trail at no cost. There is a donation box at the trailhead, which is accessed through the Northwoods Zip Lines entrance off Highway 51 just south of Minocqua. LAMBO also offers individual, family and business memberships.

LAMBO uses snowmobiles with cross-country groom­ing equipment to pack the trails, as well as to plow off excess snow.

“We are pretty much done,” said the LAMBO president about further development of the Zip Trail. “We have a few things to do – start making the area more feature-rich, adding to the quality of the ride.”

LAMBO also suggests fat tire enthusiasts ride the Shannon Lake Trail and Raven Trail this winter.

Winter events

LAMBO has a few events planned for winter enthusiasts, including the fourth annual “Fatathlon” that was held last Saturday at the Shannon Lake Trail, which the club also grooms in the winter. 

The fifth annual “Rip, Zip and Sip” will be Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Zip Trail in Minocqua. Organized for all abilities, there will be non-competitive rides in addition to the 15- and 30-kilometer races. Activities start at 9 a.m. and go to 1 p.m. There will be food, hot drinks and music. There is a fee for this race.

LAMBO also welcomes the public to take part in the club’s weekly rides on Thursdays beginning at 6 p.m. Businesses such as Teichmiller’s Chequamegon Ad­ven­ture Company offer fat bikes for the public’s use.


In its mission statement, LAMBO says it exists to promote mountain biking as a fun and healthy outdoor activity by building and maintaining great trails.

“LAMBO is about more than mountain biking trails. From cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, to trail running and hiking, our members are enthusiastic about silent sports. LAMBO will engage in positive public relations and promote the quiet, sustainable and healthy benefits of these activities.”

People can check out the LAMBO website, lamboriders.org, for more information and trail maps.