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About This Trail
added by tjkapanke Granny Gear on October 26, 2006
 
IMBA epic ride. Many trails to choose from. Goat dance, cliff**er, switchback, and toad road are all good. Easier singletrack around base of mounds and moderate to very difficult up and down the mounds. Rocks, sand, and roots will challenge any rider on the climbs. There is also a trailhead building with bathrooms and maps of all the trails. NASTI has done a great job marking trails and I hear there are new ones in the works. Bottom line: You won't be disapointed.
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System Trails (44)
Snodgrass
The Rock Xc Ski Trail
Warm Up Xc Ski Trail
Lucy's Loop
Warm Up Singletrack
Rgs Trail
Select Cut
West Levis Xc Trail
Root Route
Sidewinder
East Levis Xc Trail
Dump Singletrack
Jackrabbit Draw Xc Ski Trail
Bad Bear
Test Track
Pine Run
Levis Loppet
Trow Trail
Pile Driver
Oak Island
Flat Lander
Moundbounder
Koch's Cooker / Sardine Hill
Clarence / Top-of-the-mound Trails
Porky Point
Upper Glen
Lower Glen
Swamp Cut
Dead Turkey
Upper Hermosa
Lower Hermosa
Corkscrew
Northface
Cliffhanger
Switchback
Toad Road
Fox Hole Hill
Yellow Jacket
Buck Hill
Secret Trail
Goat Dance
Fisher Ave. / Rouse Rd. / Gorman Ave.
Atv Trail
Hermosa
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JayReav1 on July 1, 2014
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Review: Fun trail, alot of hills for central Wisconsin

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JayReav1 on July 1, 2014
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Review: Fun trail, alot of hills for central Wisconsin

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tephabu on May 31, 2014
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Review: What a fun trail. Great views, fun features, abundant wildlife. Really enjoyed riding around then up and down the mounds. Very challenging sections, yet ride-able. Very easy sections, yet scenic and enjoyable. I will be back every time I travel to Wisconsin.

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Eric Foltz on March 29, 2014
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Review: I've ridden here a few times and have always had fun. The trails are all ST that meander through the forest and up and over the "mounds." They aren't overly challenging. Just your usual northwoods roots, rocks and assorted water hazards. I did get chased by a badger once so watch out for the wildlife.

Similar Trail: Rock Lake (WI), Kettle-Moraine (WI)

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stillfat on April 24, 2014
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Review: I'm damn near 45 and have ridden Western and Eastern mountains, deserts and Midwestern migraines. This trail system is a gem - but being a frumpy old guy, what do I know...
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Guest on February 13, 2014
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Review: The only trail I enjoyed was Lucy's loop.The rest were not any fun to easy. They are good if you are 45 and don't like speed or jumping or havining fun

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Jetnjeff29r on November 21, 2013
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Review: I road this in Mid August.

Let me start of by saying that I always feel a little funny with more than a few days off of hard riding. From the various sources I was expecting 25 miles plus of riding, so I stayed mellow as I followed the IMBA Epic arrows. On the Onset, I often fear that I will be disappointed, I am looking for Epic rides you know. This feeling grew as I continued on Lower Glen and Swamp Cut. I was like"This is nice" but it seemed like I was getting closer and closer the north end and the miles were really not adding up. But 15 minutes to warm up is not a bad thing eithrt, then I get onto Yellow Jacket and I started to get interested. The Goat Dance climb started to bring it and the backside delivered the goods. I prefer the Yellow jacket climb up to the top of Buck hill, but there is less doubling back using Secret trail out and the Buck Hill switchback up to Sidewinder to Upper Hermosa (one of my favorite flows), finished up Hermosa and Lower Hermosa and use Dead Turkey to connect to the Corkscrew climb to Toad road that leads to (the banner trail) Plumbers Crack, Switchback, Cliff Hanger, North Face by the bench if you need a rest and a view. Continue in Porky's Point to Upper Glen. Part of which is under a reroute. Back down to Lower Glen and the IMBA loop is complete.

The Reroute did not move the IMBA sign yet, so I missed it at first. It looks Like that reroute will eliminate a fall line portion o f trail and also connect to other parts of the trail system. The North Face DH looks to soonly boast a bunch of berms, as well. Maybe making a flow trail finish near the trailhead. Being an old fogie I like old school trails best, but flow trails are a fun variety, getting very popular, they help get new riders hooked and are good for a change. I have to learn to berm.

Levis Mound is a well marked trail system. For the most part, the IMBA loop is marked and easy to follow, mostly. The IMBA sign after Dead Turkey for the turn on to Corkscrew needs to be replaced, or you might just go down the wrong part of Toad Road and miss Plumbers Crack.

The IMBA loop is a little short as Epics go, at just 17 miles, not 30 as the IMBA website states (did I miss something?). There are about 25 miles of single track in total. Only a few trails are one way; Sidewinder and Lucy's trail (Which I never found the start of) for example.

After my recon IMBA ride, I rode a bunch of the trails in reverse, that and being warmed up led to a much better experience on Lower Glen/Swamp Cut. So I made sure to warm up for ride two a couple days later, which made Lower Glen/Swamp Cut come alive in the IMBA direction as well! Other trails I liked in both directions were; Toad road (including Plumbers Crack), Corks Screw, Yellow Jacket, Select Cut, Snodgrass.

The sandy switchbacks become a climb in reverse on Goat Dance and Switchback and are definitely best in the "IMBA" epic direction.

For Full write up see http://www.mtbepicrides.com/2013/08/levis-trow-mound-epic.html

Similar Trail: Cross between Copper Harbor, MI and Balm Boyette, FL

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TanukiNate on October 29, 2013
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Review: This trail is worth the trip if you are any where near it. Long difficult ascents, fast flowy descents. Plenty of technical spots and amazing scenery. One of the best that I have ridden on.

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Steve Pirelli on September 4, 2013
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Review: Highly recommend this place no matter where you are if you call yourself a true mountain biker. As everyone has said before, it has something for all skill sets. I went the Tuesday after Labor Day and there was no one else on the trail besides one other group. Pretty much if you go during the week you can expect to have the place pretty much to yourself which is awesome. Lots of climbing, awesome views. The 19 miles is deceiving since it is hard to do the whole thing in one continuous loop. I would recommend do 3 loops and see everything. And if you have the time, do the other trails not too far away in La Crosse and Eau Claire.

Similar Trail: Lowe's Creek

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hollyanne99 on September 4, 2013
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Review: Superb set of trails for all abilities! I rode here as a newer rider, did the outer loop and thought it was great. The next day I ventured to the inner trails and found it quite scary and heart-pounding. A year later with much better biking skills, I headed back and still found the outer trails fun, flowy, & winding, but now absolutely found the inner ones so fun & less scary. Stick with your skill level here & have a good time!

Similar Trail: Camrock

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Arcand316 on July 16, 2013
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Review: Spent the last couple weekends here. Great set of trails! Couple different routes we thought were great:
Lower Glen > Swamp Cut > Yellowjacket > Sidewinder > Upper Hermosa > Lower Hermosa > Lower Glen

2nd route: Lower Glen > Dead Turkey > Toad Road > Clarence > Northface > Porky Point > Upper Glen > Lower Glen

3rd Route: Lower Glen > Dead Turkey > Select Cut > SnodGrass

The third route was a 4 mile flat just for fun because we were in a hurry to get out of town but we just HAD to hit Levis Mound one more time.

That being said, while we were on Select Cut we took a corner and ran smack dab into a mama black bear and three cubs. We were no more then 10 feet away from her! She opted to run away instead of eat us, but she stood there for a a short time debating! Scary stuff!! If you ever come across a bear in the woods..DO NOT RUN!

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cstingle on July 3, 2013
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Review: Beautiful views! Afraid for my 8 year old by the cliffs so we walked a bit.

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tdog70 on June 29, 2013
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Review: Amazing trail system, best ride in the Midwest. Great climbs and down hills did not think such thing existed in the Midwest. Trails are clearly marked. Make sure you do Goat Dance. It takes sometime to get there but it is worth the climb and decent. Plumbers crack is also a must!!!!

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Jared13 on September 10, 2012
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Review: Well deserved IMBA epic ride! Lots of trails for all skill levels. Great signage but bringing a map is a great idea also because not all intersections have signs. They were out of trail maps at the trailhead. Maps can be printed from http://www.levismound.com/map.html. The Clark County Forest Dept link doesn't work.

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adam_bons on September 1, 2012
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Review: Rode here with my girlfriend today had a great time. Started at the trail head on fisher ave. began the ride up lower glen to the swamp over to yellow jacket. All great trails that any level rider could handle off of yellow jacket we hit up the goat dance which was defiantly more grueling. Some steep climbs and fast descents. After the goat we took buck hill over to the sidewinder. Amazing trail that even some hikers would feel intimidated by. Very steep bench cuts on the side of the cliff with some bridges that spam some of the gaps. After the side wonder we headed back towards the trail head on upper hermosa. All of the trails we challenging and fun to ride constantly changing between fast flowing and very technical. A MUST RIDE!

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basshunter on August 24, 2012
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Review: Some of the coolest, most challenging trails in the area. I have never regretted riding there, and I am hoping to get out there for a long weekend before the leaves drop. If you take a wrong turn on the gravel road when you decide to take a shortcut back to the trailhead from goat dance when it is starting to get late in the day, it is quite a few miles back to the trailhead on really nasty gravel and what felt like 5 miles on the highway. I am thinking of doing a night ride to the top of the mound next time out there.

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dgw2jr on May 29, 2012
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Review: Such an awesome trail system and we didn't even get to ride half of it! We will be back!

Similar Trail: Not much like this in the area with all the sand and topography, but maybe Blue Mound or Kettle Moraine

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tolivestofly on May 22, 2012
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Review: I can't figure out how this has dropped down to 13th in the state with an indoor MTB park as number one. Levis is amazing with something for everyone. It's one of the top in the state alongside Cable, Kettle North and South.

Similar Trail: Either Kettle Moraine State Forest series of trails are fun.

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kurtish on May 17, 2012
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Review: I had a great time out at Levis today. Took yellow jacket out to the goat dance loop and returned on hermosa...I definitely recommend this loop! Hermosa on the way back to the vehicle is f'n incredible! I was smiling the whole way...definite 5 star loop

* Review edited 5/19/2012

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RoadWarrior on May 5, 2012
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Review: Although the rain cut my ride short, did get in a very enjoyable 1 1/2 hr ride. Easy XC type trails around the bases, and more technical, difficult , and interesting stuff on the mounds. Interesting rock formations, and scenic vistas.. A mountain bike jem in the middle of WI.

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jeff.t627@gmail.com on April 17, 2012
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Review: Lots of riding to do here. Some tough climbs, fun downhills. Just wish I was in better shape when I went there.

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riverjunky729 on September 25, 2011
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Review: Too tired to write :)

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stumpyfsr on August 2, 2011
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Review: Love this trail. It has tough climbs, fun descents, a lot of sand, rocks and bridges, but it's not overfilled with obstacles so you can really fly it once get familiar with. And, of course, you'll be rewarded with an incredible scenery after those sandy climbs. Like that little loop with skinnies - a nice warm-up before heading to the main part. Swamp Cut could be too muddy after the rain but it gets dry quickly. This is difficult trails but rideable. The "Must Ride" trails. Bring enough water for a hot days and have fun.

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heckmanlloyd on June 22, 2011
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Review: This was a fantastic trail. I loved the flow of the singletrack. Tried Lower Glen, Swamp Cut, Yellow Jacket, Toad Road, Sidewinder, 3 Hermosas, North Face, Switch Back and Porky Point. I thought they were all great for a novice like myself.

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drdiederich on September 1, 2010
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Review: Had a great time here a couple of weeks ago but Goat Dance really sucked. The back half or so was just littered with storm damage consisting of fallen trees that still needed to be removed from the trail. Otherwise it made for a fantastic ride. Very highly recommended for anyone looking for great views, fantastic ride choices and good facilities at the trail head.

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PaulMiller on April 13, 2010
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Review: This trail is the best. There are easy to extreme levels of trail here. The best thing is you can park and camp at the trail head. There is a small fee for the trail and camping but it is well worth it.

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Roxy&Yeti on March 26, 2010
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Review: Absolutely our favorite set of trails, there's something for everyone. Not in the boring, "Hee hee, this is fun, grampa!" Doubletrack sense-- even their easy trails are super fun with the occasional hump or bump, weaving through trees and small mud puddles. For the expert, you'll spend many a year mastering and re-mastering craggy overclimbs, dangerous drop-offs, massive sandy climbs, and challenging rock formations. The variety is crazy! If you want to stay flat, you can stay flat, if you want to climb, you can CLIMB. North Face, Cliff**er and Switchback are steep, high, difficult but fun and offer amazing views. Snodgrass, Upper and Lower Glen, Select Cut, and Dead Turkey are all jolly good lowlands fun. The BEST ride is to head out Yellow Jacket (get ready for FUN(!)) out to Goat Dance, which is an amazing loop waay out with scenery that changes every two minutes, from piney forests to sandy paths to clearcut openings to mystical deep, cool forests. Take Upper Hermosa to Hermosa to Lower Hermosa on your way down after climbing back up to the top on your way back from Goat Dance and find yourself swooping down a huge set of switchbacks. Super Fun! We've been out west to Montana and Oregon, North Dakota Maah Daah Hey, Tennessee, North Carolina, and this trailset is a hidden jewel that shouldn't be missed! After reading some of the other reviews, wondering why it isn't ranked higher? I mean, for real, this place is royal.

* Review edited 3/26/2010

Similar Trail: The set of trails at Bend, Oregon brings its own set of fun variety.

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cmpeterson on September 3, 2009
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Review: Coming from NE, but having just biked on CO, this trail had some cliff hangers that darn near made me unclip. Still, those spots took a long while to find and as long as you have some time, good insurance, and a buddy, then enjoy!! The rock cliffs are breathtaking, just not more the a mile combined (cliff rides that is - plenty of other single track tree runs)

Similar Trail: Louis and Clark, IA

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mtbgreg1 on August 2, 2009
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Review: i rode levis today for the first time in about 15 months, and was again just awed by the quality of the trails here! i dream of levis when i am away, and it is so good to be back for a visit! after doing a great deal of riding in the southeast in addition to the west, i have decided that levis has to rank as one of the best bike trails in the country! it's IMBA epic label is well deserved! new improvements include several smart reroutes, some new bridges, extended bridges, some small stunts on the normal trails, and they are just beginning work on a skills section. after one week of building, the skills section already has a teeter totter and several interesting bridges, with some skinnies ready to be put in. as far as levis in general goes, the incredible variety from crazy-challenging technical terrain to long xc loops with some serious climbs and sweet descents... with the trail being very "single" singletrack... this place rules! that's all i can say!

Similar Trail: None really compare

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simmons15 on June 28, 2009
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Review: I rode this trail for the first time today. WOW, this is sweet. It reminds me of Nine Mile Forest in Wausau, but it has much more vertical and outstanding views from the top of Levi's Mound. Cliff**er, toadroad, switchback, and porky's were incredible riding. Lots of rocks and stumps, some boulders, but a fast ride. Probably the most gorgeous trail views I have ever seen in this state.

Similar Trail: Nine Mile Forest

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mtbgreg1 on January 1, 2009
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Review: this is where i learned to ride, and everywhere i travel: from northwest montana, to wyoming, all over colorado, and now to the east... i still compare the trails to those back at levis mound, wi to see how they stack up. levis is incredible! especially when you consider the fact that it sits in the middle of wisconsin. ride it.

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stillfat on November 3, 2008
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Review: God, this place is fun. Spend a day looping all over Levi's or do the distance thing out to Trow and back looping Goatdancer. Midwestern riding at its finest. I now live in Colorado and ride places like Fruita, Moab, CB and Summit on a somewhat regular basis, but still fantasize about Levi's.

* Review edited 1/9/2009

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Danmonson on August 23, 2008
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Review: This trail is deserving of the epic rating. It has all the requirements. Length, difficulty and gorgeous scenery. This trail offers a great opportunity for beginner riders to experience extremely high quality trail riding as there arent many extremely difficult sections. Having said that, there are some long difficult climbs, but you are rewarded with breathtaking views. Be sure to check out the mess of trails that appears to be a crowded mix on the map (available at trail head). These are the most difficult and offer great views with awesome bombing downhills. This trail is worth the drive. No doubt about it.

Similar Trail: Lebanon Hills

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kilomanjaro on May 20, 2008
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Review: Levis is great and it's in my backyard...approx 10 miles away. Love the set up...you can ride most of the day and not hit the same trail twice.

Similar Trail: Nine Mile County Forest in Wausau, Wisconsin

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John Fisch on October 7, 2007
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Review: Wow, there are a lot of trails packed into a fairly small area. Even so, the thick woods offer a high degree of solitude. The singletrack is great. You could ride here for weeks and not exhaust all the possibilities.

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