Alpha Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
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3.82 out of 5
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Intermediate
7.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 200 ft
↓ 300 ft
751
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
This is a 3 mile loop with a couple cuts to make it an even shorter loop. All singletrack with a couple technical sections. Riders before 2013 will remember a longer set of trails that the Alpha Trails connected to at Crystal Ridge ski area, though those trails are now pay per use through The Rock Sports Complex. The Alpha Trail remains free, and The Rock updated a portion of it to the south of the ski hill that allows Alpha riders to use free.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I'm from North Carolina and I was really looking for some technical singletrack to ride while I was visiting Milwaukee. Someone from a LBS here told me about this trail and I found the info on this site. I spent a long time looking for the trailhead from the map above and eventually found what I thought was the entrance next to an archery range. I got about 100ft down the trail before I found that it was closed with downed logs. Is there another entrance or are these trails no longer maintained? -stevenfhill

A: The best place to park and access the Alpha Trail is off 92nd St in a parking lot for a public golf course. From the parking lot, you cross 92nd St and are at the top of a hill. Towards the bottom of the hill, there is a trail off to the right and that is part of the Alpha Loop. The Alpha Loop used to include more trails, but a complex called The Rock was built as a downhill mountain bike park (accessed off 76th St and Crystal Ridge Rd) which took some of the trails away. However, just last week they announced they will no longer operate the downhill bike park and they opened up those trails for XC use, but require a $5 day pass that you pay at a station within their parking lot (I have not been yet, so I cannot direct). If you are strictly staying on the Alpha Loop, it is free (follow Alpha loop signs near the former bike park). Also, there is a Wednesday night series of racing that takes place there (I think around 6pm), so watch out for that. If you are willing to drive a bit further, Emma Carlin and Camrock also have technical trails.

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Reviews (28)
 

Granny Gear

August 3, 2018
remo032 Granny Gear  
 
Review: To find the trail head cross 92nd St. into the field then turn left. You will go past the old toboggan shed (on your right) keep going north to the tree line and you will see openings. The one on the right is the entrance and usually has a map of the trail. Currently the Alpha trail is completely clear of downed trees. The Rock complex portion of the trail is completely closed with no trespassing signs due to construction. The trail is still well maintained and one of my favorites for the area. It does take a while to dry out after a rain though.

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Granny Gear

July 31, 2018
MoreTrife Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice short trail. Not very difficult but has pretty good flow and a few decent downhills. I couldn't figure out how to use The Rock portion...it may be closed now? I did sneak onto Crystal Ridge and ride down the ski hill trail that people seem to have established but probably shouldn't have done that both for trespassing purposes and riding my brakes too hard haha. But overall good trail and closer than John Muir.

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Gramcounter

January 4, 2018
Bobzer68 Gramcounter  
 
Review: Trail is good. Snow covered but well packed. Careful of hidden rocks covered by snow.

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Gramcounter

August 31, 2017
ewald.eric Gramcounter  
 
Review: Good trail in Milwaukee area with some good climbs (even small portion of ski hill) and some very fast flowing downhill sections. It does get a little muddy in parts by the river, even when trial is open, I would go after a good few days of no rain.

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Trailblazer


July 30, 2017
 
Review: Extended blue loop has permanent muddy damage throughout, an impossible tree-gate, and a downed tree in the path. Other than that the rest of the trail was great.

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Granny Gear

July 23, 2017
 
Review: Years ago this was the best trail around. Then someone bulldozed half of it and made baseball parks. the remaining sections are still good although it is really tough to find the trail entrance. There are sections

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Epic


December 26, 2016
 
Review: There is a great mix of terrain here, from tight and twisty river bottom to flowy, meandering descents. The section near the Root River can be pretty muddy, so never use the trail head to gauge how muddy the river section is. This trail is fun for any rider, although a beginner may have to walk a few sections.

Similar Trail: Hoyt Park

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Bunny Hop

November 28, 2016
 
Review: Trail is in great shape. All blown off, a little greasy down by the river, but not bad

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Gnarly


November 27, 2016
 
Review: this is my favorite trail system in the area. it is easier but it has flow and you cant find some more technical lines. if you explore the trails you will find a very long, leg burning climb all the way to the top of the ski hill, along with the old ROCK complex downhill jump lines. in my opinion, this location could be the premier spot in Milwaukee but it does seem to get neglected more than Minooka. also, of all the trails around this is the only one where hikers do seem to get pissy. they will move logs into the way of the trail, so watch out.

Similar Trail: minooka

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Gramcounter

September 7, 2016
 
Review: A pretty good trail local to Milwaukee. The Alpha trail doesnt feature as many technical sections as Minooka Park but for sure has better flow for faster xc riding. When approaching the climb by the old Rock area, if you continue past the left turn trail sign, you can take advantage of the abandoned intermediate and advanced downhill sections left behind from The Rock. The downhill sections are a little overgrown but they give the Alpha Trail that spark that makes it totally worth it for more advanced riders. Just watch out for the creepy mannequins and what looks to be like a cult worship area. Super weird! All in all, a good trail for riders of all skill levels!

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