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Person snowshoeing through the forest of Deerskin Snowshoe Trails in Vilas County, Wisconsin

Deerskin Snowshoe Trails


Open for snowshoeing December 15 to May 1. Part of the Phelps Trail System. Maintained and signed as a winter snowshoe trail, this system is also open to hiking and birding. Using over 12 miles of logging roads and skid trails over forested ridges and along the Deerskin River, trail users will find four color-coded loops originating at the parking area. These gently rolling, ungroomed trails do offer some steep areas. The trails are single track and one-way only (except for a short two-way segment to permit snowshoers to get to and from the parking area). Each snowshoe loop has a clearly marked “Begin” and “End” point, with blue “P” signs guiding the user back to the parking area. These trails were developed and are maintained by the Town of Phelps, in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service. Caution: Snowmobiles may utilize some trail segments.

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Trail Details


  • Pets Allowed


From Hwy 17 in Phelps, continue south on Deerskin Rd. about 3.5 miles to Indian Rd. (FR 2178) and turn west (left) on Indian Rd. about 2 miles to a parking area. This is about 1.5 miles past the Vista Lake Bike Parking area.