Three mountain bike trails for your next fat-tire adventure
Wisconsin was made for mountain biking. Sculpted by the last ice age, the state has just the right terrain, and the scenery is terrific. The mountain biker has hundreds of trails to choose from. Here are three of the Badger State’s best.
Boulder Junction is home to the Lumberjack Trail, a designated mountain bike trail that runs through classic Northwoods pine forests.
The Lumberjack Trail takes riders along the edge of the Manitowish River and two scenic lakes. Choose from a 4.6-mile trail loop or a 12.5-mile trail loop. There is also a connection to the nearby Escanaba-Pallette Lake Trails, which offers 8.5 miles of hiking. A Wisconsin state trail pass is required for mountain biking on the Lumberjack Trail.
Middleton Bike Park
The Middleton Bike Park is a hilly bicycle course that is one of the most exciting mountain biking experiences in southern Wisconsin. The small, looping course is designed for riders to work on their basic mountain biking skills.
In addition to being a great place to sharpen your skills, the Middleton Bike Park is fun: the course is engineered so that mountain bikers do not need to pedal. Gravity and the energy generated in twists and turns are enough to propel riders through the course.
The bike park is open to riders of all ability levels. Don’t miss this unique riding experience.
Razorback Ridges Trails
Razorback Ridges is an exciting place to ride. Located near Sayner in Vilas County, this set of trails offers something for riders of all ability levels. The hilly, looping trails are maintained by the Sayner-Star Lake Lions Club and are top quality.
Great riding can be found on the wide ski trails that traverse this section of forest. But, for the more adventurous rider, there are miles of single-track trails that wind between the main ski trails. Numerous intersections and clear signage help keep riders oriented.
The scenery along the Razorback Ridges Trails is excellent. However, the difficulty of many of loops necessitates keeping your eyes on the trail. So, be sure to take a break and take in the scenery.