Skiing, Snowshoeing & Hiking in Mercer, Wisconsin
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.
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.