The Ridge Trail
TRAILHEAD LOCATION: South End of Clubhouse | LENGTH: 2.5-miles | DIFFICULTY: Advanced
Starting at the South end of the Clubhouse the trail traverses along the V ridge of the Mammoth Dunes Golf Course. The trail features expansive sand blowouts, red pine plantations, and a majestic oak savannah. Snowshoers will enjoy spectacular views of the snow-covered Mammoth Dunes Golf Course, including vistas along ridges as high as 80 feet above the golf course. The trail ends at the North end of the Sand Valley clubhouse by the bocce ball courts.
The Songbird Trail
TRAILHEAD LOCATION: Behind Craig’s Porch at the North end of Sand Valley’s Driving Range | LENGTH: 1.2-miles | DIFFICULTY: Moderate
Starting at the North end of the Sand Valley Driving Range the trail traverses through a sampling of restoration/remnant areas, past golf landscapes, and through an intact red pine plantation. Take note of the birdboxes located along the trail – the lifecycle of songbirds are monitored by volunteers throughout the summer. The Songbird Trail is a loop trail - starting behind Craig’s Porch then taking snowshoers to a meditation point before looping back to the trailhead.
The Bentley Hills Trail
TRAILHEAD LOCATION: Sand Valley Tennis Courts | LENGTH: 2.2-miles | DIFFICULTY: Moderate
Starting at the Sand Valley Tennis Courts the trail quickly gives way to rolling snow-covered prairie mixed with a golf course in mid-construction. Snowshoers will experience massive cleared landscape that will be home to future fairways. The trail traverse to Lake Arrowhead Association’s property where you can freely explore rock outcroppings that will remind you of Wisconsin’s great glacial history. The Bentley Hills Trail is an out-and-back trail – starting and ending at the Sand Valley Tennis Courts.
The Karner Connection
TRAILHEAD LOCATION: Meditation Point of the Songbird Trail OR about ½ mile into the Ridge Trail | LENGTH: 1.5-miles | DIFFICULTY: Moderate
Connecting the Ridge Trail to the Songbird Trail the Karner Connection is perfect for snowshoers looking for extra miles. This trail features Sand Valley’s Karner Blue Butterfly habitat, various aged red pine plantations, and views of Lake Leopold. Traversing ridges and valleys this trail highlights the beautiful topography of the area. This is a connecting trail – snowshoers must hike part of the Ridge Trail or Songbird Trail to access the Karner Connection.