Starting near Mellen, a nice 60 mile section of the NCT runs north of Drummond. The route passes through the Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area, winding around lakes and a forest cloaked with northern hardwoods, pines, white birches, and aspens. Keep an eye out for timber wolf.
To reach the hiking trailhead from St. Paul, Minnesota, about 185 miles from the trailhead, take I-94 and U.S. 63 to Hayward. Then head east on Wisconsin 77 to County Road GG; the trailhead is three miles west of Mellen.
Overall, North Country Trail - Marengo River Valley is the 1st most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in Wisconsin.