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Winter 2016

Patrol News

Click here for the Trail Patrol Activity Schedule (Updated)

Discover Winter:

The Undiscovered Season

Although the Backcountry Trail Patrol is primarily a mountain bike patrol, the roots of the Backcountry Patrol go back to 1992, when the same park rangers who would start the bike patrol three years later, were given responsibility for the volunteer ski patrol in the Anoka County Parks.

In 2005, the patrol tested one of the first of a new breed of winter bikes and recognized that these fat-tired bikes were a potentially valuable resource for patrolling. In 2008 one of the patrollers started riding his personal Surly Pugsley at the City of Lakes Loppet, and was later joined by other patrol members on their Pugsleys and Salsa Mukluks. As special events developed around these new bicycles, the patrol was asked to assist at races such as the Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout and the American Birkebeiner Fat Bike Birkie. Through the generous support of the Team Ortho Foundation we were able to add two Surly Pugsley and two Framed Minnesota 2.0 winter "fat bikes" to the patrol to enhance our coverage of winter events

Now, when the traditional biking season comes to an end and the winter sets in, the Backcountry Trail Patrol is prepared for an active, snowy winter at Isanti County Parks and on the Chequamegon National Forest. Watch for our red anoraks on the trails and at the City of Lakes Loppet ski and bike events, North End Ski Classic, Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout and the Fat Bike Birkie. Better yet, join us! Contact any patrol member or E-mail us for more information.

Trail systems we officially patrol (With links):

Chequamegon Area Mountain Bike Association

Chequamegon National Forest (WI)

Isanti County Parks

Email us for more information. 

Backcountry Trail Patrol Association, Inc., is an equal opportunity service provider, operating under a volunteer services agreement and in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

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Last modified: January 06, 2016



Medical Training 


 Training resources:

Emergicare Backcountry

Medical Training,

The Backcountry Trail Patrol and Emergicare Medical Training are working together to train as many people as possible in "Hands Only CPR"

AHA Compression-only CPR

Wilderness First Aid/First Responder Classes Coming Late Winter 2016. Watch for updates and registration here!

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