Emma Carlin

4.58 out of 5
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↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,600 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
Three loops of varying length with the longest, green loop, measuring 7.5 miles. There is a connector trail that connects to the John Muir Trails in LaGrange, WI that is about 6 miles one way that must be reached by riding one of the loop trails. These trails are technical, all singletrack, & challenging.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Trail Q&A
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Q: do you have to pay for this trail? -carltja

A: Yes. A state park sticker and a trail pass are required.

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Reviews (19)

Granny Gear

May 18, 2018
Eric Stoll Granny Gear  
Review: Excellent and challenging ride. One of the more difficult trails I have ridden but that's what makes it fun! Parking and trail fees are steep, but worth it. Wish I'd had time to ride Connector to John Muir trail....maybe next time.

Granny Gear

July 15, 2017
Review: A fun trail but the $11 parking $5 trail fee huge turnoff. Wausau, River Falls (free), and many others better but rated lower????. Spoiled cause from Minnesota where all trails are free. Also no jumps anywhere and currently a jungle, face slappers everywhere. Not to nitpick, but the "green" trail's are the harder ones.(nothing was hard) Isn't green universal color for easy?


December 5, 2016
Review: what keeps me from giving the Carlin trails a 5 star rating is it seems to me that the last few years the trails have been getting easier. the trails use to be more technical and more flowy. still fun. still a good workout though

Similar Trail: john muir

Granny Gear

November 27, 2016
JohnnyD22 Granny Gear  
Review: A lot of leaves hiding a lot of rocks. Dicey in some spots but safe as long as you don't try to over power it.


October 10, 2016
Review: I love Emma ! Technical because of rocks and tough steep switchback climbs . It's nice getting to lookout point for the views and then sending it down the last part of the trail back to the parking lot ! There were lots of hikers here on a fall Sunday afternoon . More obstacles to ride!

Bunny Hop

May 27, 2016
Review: It's the Muir system's slightly more technical brother. Tighter turns and more rocks but still nothing much to stop you from riding it straight through. Starting at the lot and taking green to the connector, the connector to Muir and back, then finishing Emma is a great way to spend a few hours


May 2, 2016
Review: Very technical, very awesome. I enjoy this trail much more than any other trail in Wisconsin. The climbs are tough but worthwhile because the descents are awesome. To add to that, sweet, flowy sections are commonplace after the lookout, so prepare to have a giant grin. The last descent is awesome, technical, switchbacky, and fast. It's overall a very good trail that's worthwhile going to if you're in the area.

Similar Trail: Alpine Valley


March 16, 2016
Review: Very Technical with a few very tough climbs. Well laid out and great to ride any time of day swing by backyard bikes for a pint or sandwich afterwards.

Bunny Hop

October 25, 2015
Review: I went to Emma Carlin when it was super wet, and leaves were all around. It was an amazing loop, all three are super challenging for intermediate to advanced, lots of rocks and ruts, that are great practice for line choice and bike handling skills. Pretty hard up hills, that pay off with pretty steep, rocky,rutty, and technical features on the whole course.

Similar Trail: John Muir, or Alpine Valley


August 23, 2015
Review: This is probably my favorite place to ride in southeastern Wisconsin. Parking at Emma and then riding all the way through the connector trail and back gets you BEAUTIFUL scenery, technical climbs, fast rocky downhills, fun obstacles and an amazing workout. Emma is a hardwood forest with a lot of nice trail. The connector will take you through pine forests and fields as well. The connector has some really fun sandy areas, especially on a fat bike. I can't understand why Muir gets all the attention. I prefer Emma and the connector trails. Well with the trip!

Similar Trail: Muir

Emma Carlin MTB Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 19 ratings. 19 user reviews.
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