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 Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing & Hiking Trails
The MECCA Cross-Country Ski Club grooms 15 km for classical (diagonal stride) & freestyle (skate) skiing, with an additional 6 km dedicated to classical skiing. The trails wind through the stately pines, black spruce & tamarack wetlands, and hardwood forest in Mercer and are suitable for beginners through advanced skiers. There are beautiful vistas around the Little Turtle River and Flowage. The trails are on properties owned by the Wisconsin DNR, Iron County Forest, Town of Mercer and private land. There are snowshoe trails that can be accessed from both trailheads. The trails are open year round and used in the spring, summer & fall (conditions permitting) for hiking and mountain biking. The club maintains a chalet with a wood stove and vault toilet at the trailhead at 4686N Fierick Road (Hwy 51 to Beachway Dr, follow the XC skier signs). The second trailhead is on Joe’s Shack Road (Hwy 51 to FF to Popko Circle East).
MECCA (Mercer Cross Country Association) is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization, donations are appreciated, labor comes from volunteer members.
The WinMan Trails project began in 2011 when what was once industrial forest land owned by Consolidated Papers (later Plum Creek Timber) was acquired by private and state interests. What started with a small network of snowshoe trails built on the private land, has in a short time, blossomed into an area of over 1,300 acres that spans both the private and state land, and now offers year-round silent sports recreational opportunities for all types of activities - mountain biking, trail running and hiking in the warm seasons, cross-country skiing (classic and skate), snowshoeing and single-track fat biking in winter. No public money has been used in the development beyond the state’s acquisition of their land. There are plans to continue adding and improving all the trail systems - bike, snowshoe and ski - over the coming years and make it a true destination trail system. Make a difference today by donating to the 501(c)(3) WinMan Trails Foundation.
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.