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Level: Beginner
Length: 2.5 mi (4 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +378/ -406 ft
Total: 20 riders

Mountain Biking Ceresco Prairie Singletrack

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#75 of 387 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#3,205 in the world

Built with a Pepsi Refresh Project grant by the Ripon College MTB team this is a quality trail. Only one mile long but ride the loop ten or twelve times and you will feel it in the morning. The trail is built on the side of a hill and is split about 75/25 between hard woods and tall prairie grass. Very well designed with a couple relatively nice climbs (for the flat landscape in North East Wisconsin), a good controlled descent with whoops and small jumps, a section of technical switchbacks and some nice flowy singletrack in between. The trail rides very well, fast and smooth with only a few rocky sections. Drys really nicely after a rain due to it being constructed on a hillside.

Ride the trails clockwise on even days and counter clockwise on odd. It is much faster on the odd days but a better workout on the even. The trail is open to hikers and runners as well so watch out on some of the corners. There are running trails that cross the singletrack which aren't always obvious as you're bombing down the trail. Also, during the College's fall mountain bike season, the trail is closed to public use from approximately 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (and as posted) to allow the Red Hawks cycling team to train.

First added by ARCHangel992 on Jun 19, 2012. Last updated May 10, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Oshkosh WI, take WI-44 S (Road runs South West). WI-44 becomes E Oshkosh St and then W Oshkosh St in the city of Ripon. Continue on Oshkosh St as it veers left (South) and becomes Berlin Rd. Berlin Rd becomes Union St, continue South on Union. Turn Right (West) into the parking lot for the JM Storzer Athletic Center. Park behind the building. The trail head is in the South West corner of the lot. Cross the wood bridge by bike and left (South) at the first trail intersection, take a right at the next corner and then one more right and you are at the start of the single track.
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  • sartechfairweather

    Looks like the trail's been cleared, but it's still pretty overgrown, and in sections extremely rutted. The obstacles are in disrepair. It's sad to see our local trails in such disrepair. I really enjoyed riding this trail for quick rides after work and staying close to home on weekends but still able to ride.

    There are some easy sections, some intermediate sections, and some pretty technical sections. It's crazy to get rock and shale sections in an inner-city trail area. That's my favorite section of trail.

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  • BlueKooEKoo

    Currently overgrown with a lot of down trees. I imagine it will be cleared by the end of summer for the start of the race season for the Red Hawks.

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  • cheddar90477

    Fun trail. 14 yrs of age and above. Location is incorrect. Path starts at the Ceresco Prairie Conservancy sign behind the Ripon Colllege practice field.

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  • redman27

    Fun trail with some nice variety, climbs and fast downhills. Singletrack seems a bit longer than 1 mile but either way you'd have to put some laps in to get a workout. There are about 4 miles of multiuse packed gravel trails that you can hit for some additional distance and a really nice climb. Worth checking out despite the lack of singeltrack mileage.* Review edited 7/28/2012* Review edited 8/31/2012

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