LITTLE SAND BAY LOOP 27 milesOne of the most preferred outings among Bayfield cyclists takes riders north to the National Park headquarters at the tip of the peninsula and lops back through the orchards with a ripping descent back to town.Follow highway #13 north to Red Cliff. Stay on past the marina and casino watching for signs indicating County Highway K to Little Sand Bay/Nat’l. Park Hdq. Co.K turns right at the Town of Russell Garage.
In the parking lot there’s a tiny shelter with a public well within. If you need to, water up with some more of the pristine beverage available on the peninsula. Follow Co. K for about 5 miles. There are some terrific views of the lake off through the trees and at about the 4-mile mark you may want to pull over to visit Waters Edge Nursery and Garden the interesting permaculture commune operating here.
Little Sand Bay Road is a right; clearly marked you will take it, slowly descending 3 miles to the very tip of the peninsula, as far out into the islands as the mainland will permit. It’s a great place to rest, water, swim, beach comb, boat and island watch, or visit the Park Headquarters interpretive display and commercial fishing museum.
To resume the ride you’ll deadhead back the way you came to Co. highway K. At the T go left and begin the gradual but persistent climb to the height of land at the Town of Russell Community Building. A long straight descent ends at State Highway #13 where you will go left.
Up here at the tip of the peninsula, traffic is almost non-existent but be alert and stay to the right. Continue on #13 for about 2.5 miles and look for Turner road that goes right. It’s at a crossroads with Peterson Hill Road (gravel) that goes left. You will roll on Turner for about 1.5 miles and arrive at a T on County Highway J. If you go right you’ll do some climbing up through the orchards (see Orchard Loop description). Take a left on J to begin the famous 3.5 mile descent to Bayfield. Co. highway J ends at Highway #13 and you’ll go right for a mile or so down to town; enjoying the view all the way.