Holy Cross Trail

Trail Activities
  • Hiking 
  • Mountain biking
  • Horseback riding
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Fat biking
  • Hunting
About the Trail
Overview
This trail has wide twin track trails on rolling terrain with a loop that surrounds a small lake. The southern loop is flatter than the north loop and east loops. The very scenic forested trail has a grass surface and offers moderately hilly and rolling terrain through a variety of timber types. A portion of the trail is mowed periodically. It is used by Grouse hunters beginning in mid-September. This trail is located in the Price County Forest which allows the option of exploring other roads and trails in the surrounding area.

There is no fee required.

Location
This trail is located at N11901 Holy Cross Trails Lane in Phillips. To reach the south parking area travel 7.5 miles on Hwy. 13 north of Phillips and then east 1.5 miles across the railroad tracks on Holy Cross Road (gravel); at the intersection, do not turn right, continue going straight .2 miles on Holy Cross Trail Road to the parking area. There is room for 8-10 horse trailers if they are parked parallel.

To reach the north parking area, take Hwy. 70 to Hicks (Landing) Road (blacktopped) east of Fifield, go south on Hicks Landing Road about 4.6 miles to the parking lot. There is only room for two horse trailers at this parking area.

Length
  • 6 miles
Trail Type
  • Loop
Skill Level
  • Easy to moderate
Aerobic Level
  • Easy to moderate
Hiking & Biking
The surface is mostly hard-packed dirt or grass. Additional mileage is available by exiting the trail system at the north parking lot and turning south on Hick’s Landing Road and continuing to the Solberg Lake Ski trail and the Solberg Lake County Park and Campground.

Horseback Riding
This non-motorized trail has improvements courtesy of the Northwoods Equestrian Trail Riders. The group maintains the trail by clearing fallen trees, mowing the trails & parking lots and have furnished hitching rails, a mounting block, shelter, grill, picnic tables, fire ring, drinking water, well with hand pump, handicap-accessible toilets, trail signing and trail maps.

There are no wet areas and horses do not require shoes. The trails are 95% double wide looped with Trail A serving as a north boundary trail and Trail B serving as the south boundary trail. All trails except Trail F are wide enough for horse and cart driving; a key for locked gates is available from the club or the Price County Forestry and Parks Department.

From the parking area, continue down the road and around the gate to get to the trail. If you take trail A to the left, it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to the north end of trail C, if you are riding leisurely. It takes about another 15 minutes to reach the north end of trail E. A free dispersed camping permit (PDF) is required for overnight horse camping

Cross-country Skiing
This is an excellent family trail tour. Groomed for classic skiing only by the Flambeau Nordic Ski Club.

Snowshoeing and Fat Biking 

Snowshoeing and fat biking are allowed to the side of the set cross-country skiing tracks (please do not snowshoe on diagonal skiing tracks) plus there are additional ungroomed trails to explore (see map (PDF)).