Three Eagle Trail Now Open for Business

After many years of hard work, and lots of money raised and spent, the Eagle River portion of the Three Eagle Trail is now open!  It is a beautiful trail that runs south from Eagle River for three miles, connects up with the southern portion of the trail,and runs another eight miles to the city park in Three Lakes.  3E biker1

The majority of the trail was built in the fall of 2012.  A long boardwalk over a wetland was completed over the winter when the marsh was frozen.  Some final details were taken care of this spring, and the trail is now open to the public.  The trail is made from crushed limestone, which makes a very pleasant surface to ride on.

3E di spit

The trail is also open to pedestrians and dogs that are leashed.  Motor vehicles are not allowed.

The centerpiece of the trail is a long boardwalk that spans a large wetland and Mud Creek.

Boardwalk over Mud Creek

Boardwalk over Mud Creek

The trail can be accessed from several locations:

1.  The northern terminus is at the Dairy Queen store in Eagle River.  You can park on the edge of the gravel road that parallels the trail just south of Dairy Queen, or in the city lot on the north side of Hwy 70 adjacent to the Holiday gas station.  GPS coordinates for this trailhead:  45.91370  89.25181

2.  Bikers can park in the middle of the two sections by heading south from Eagle River on Sundstein Road (across from the fairgrounds).  After several miles you will come to a stop sign at the intersection of Sundstein and Sundstein (yes, this is what the road sign says).  At the stop sign, take the road that bears slightly to the left of straight ahead.  You will see the parking area and trailhead .4 miles up on the left.  The GPS coordinates for this spot are:  45.86150  89.25270

3.  The final parking option is at Don Burnside Park in the town of Three Lakes.

Grand Opening Celebration

There will be a grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 29th at the new trailhead adjacent to the Dairy Queen in Eagle River.  The public is invited.

Connecting the two portions of the 3 Eagle Trail

It is a short ride on paved roads between the two main segments of the 3 Eagle Trail.  If you want to make this connection after riding south from Eagle River, do the following:

1.  The crushed limestone surface will end at a “T” intersection.  Take a right at this intersection onto Section 9 Road.  GPS coordinates for this spot are: 45.87897  89.24706

Turn right onto Section 9 Road at the south end of the Eagle River segment

Turn right onto Section 9 Road at the south end of the Eagle River segment

2. Travel .2 miles on Section 9 Road to the stop sign on Sundstein Road.  GPS coordinates for this spot are:  45.87873  89.25276

Go left at the intersection of Section 9 Road and Sundstein Road

Go left at the intersection of Section 9 Road and Sundstein Road

3.  Go left at the stop sign at Section 9 & Sundstein Road.

4.  Travel .6 miles on Sundstein Road to the stop sign at the Sundstein & Sundstein intersection.  The GPS coordinates for this spot are:  45.86873  89.25272

Bear slightly to the left of straight ahead at the Sundstein and Sundstein intersection stop sign

Bear slightly to the left of straight ahead at the Sundstein and Sundstein intersection stop sign

5.  Go slightly to the left of straight ahead at the Sundstein & Sundstein stop sign.

6.  Travel .4 miles on this road to the parking lot and trailhead of the next section of the trail.

Parking and trailhead to the southern section of the trail

Parking and trailhead to the southern section of the trail

Connecting the trail sections if you are heading north:

1.  From the parking and trailhead for the southern section of the trail, travel north .4 miles to the Sundstein and Sundstein stop sign.

2.  Bear slightly to the right and straight at the stop sign and travel .6 miles on Sundstein Road.

3.  Turn right at the intersection of Section 9 Road – look for the Section 9 sign on your right.

4.  Travel .2 miles down Section 9 Road.  You will see a gate marking the beginning of private property.  Make a left onto the crushed limestone of the 3 Eagle Trail, which will take you up to Eagle River.  Note:  This left turn is difficult to see until you are right on top of it.  You won’t see the crushed limestone trail on your left until you are almost at the private property gate.

Go left just in front of the private property gate onto the crushed limestone trail

Go left just in front of the private property gate onto the crushed limestone trail

Geocaching the Three Eagle Trail

The Geocaching team of Timberline Echoes put together a great set of geocaches on the new Eagle River segment of the trail.  There are 22 caches that can be bagged along the entire 3 Eagle Trail.  Click on this link to get the details (if you haven’t done so already, you will need to create an account for geocaching.com to get the coordinates, but sign up is free.)

http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=6318517b-b4ba-4e81-a888-efc100879239

The website for the 3 Eagle Trail is at:

http://www.3eagletrail.com/

Since the Eagle River segment of the trail is so new, the map on the web site does not include the segment.  Here is a jpeg of the new trail map:

Updated trail map, including the new Eagle River segment

Updated trail map, including the new Eagle River segment

The weather is great – so get out and do some riding on the new trail!

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