Skiing / Hiking
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Picture of the newly constructed warming cabin
(Hemlock Chalet) at trail head B".
Enjoy winter family fun in Mercer, where there is something for all ages to experience. Experience the Mecca Trails near Mercer, with the rolling terrain, vistas of the Little Turtle River & Flowage and a variety of vegetation from aspen to pine plantation. They offer an annual moonlight (candle lit) ski.
NORDIC SKI & HIKING TRAILS-MECCA is a non-motorized multi-use trail system. In winter, the trails are groomed for classical and skate skiing, as well as foot trails for snow shoeing. The terrain is suited for both beginners and advanced skiers and there is a cozy log cabin shelter and privy. Watch for the annual moonlight ski in January. Hikers and mountain bikers will find wildlife watching an added amenity to the beautiful vistas of the Little Turtle River and Flowage. The varied habitat, from open wetlands to aspen and pine plantations, offers an exhilarating and peaceful encounter with nature. The MECCA trail system can be accessed at either of two trail heads.
Take Hwy. 51 to FF to Popko Circle East to Joe's Shack Rd, or Hwy. 51 to Beachway Dr. to Mercer Lake Circle towards the sanitary district.
DOWNHILL SKIING in Big Snow Country -Iron County lies in the heart of Big Snow Country, with mountains of the most dependable, fluffy, white snow you can find in the Midwest. Four major downhill ski areas lie in Big Snow Country, with Wisconsin's largest downhill ski area, Whitecap Mountains, right here in Iron County. Other Big Snow Country ski areas; Big Powderhorn Mountain, Blackjack Mountain and Indianhead Mountain are located within 10 miles of the Iron County border in Michigan.