Hickory Ridge

4.72 out of 5
View Topo Map


↑ 1,700 ft
↓ 1,800 ft
elevation (ft)

Trail Description
About this trail
series of loops with good choices of distances. fairly well marked.

Trail is a well flowing single track that is in the heart of the ice age terminus. many ridges, lakes and mature forest. trail development follows IMBA guidelines. some roots and rocks but can very easily be ridden on a full ridged bike. some climbing but always rewarded with flowy downhill. Future plans is to double the miles within a couple years. I would classify as intermediate. I counted 7 different wilderness lakes that the trail winds by! Talked to another rider that drove from the Minneapolis to check out the trails. (Had heard good reviews from his bike shop)
added by pete_knipleGranny Gear
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
Directions to Trailhead
Get Directions
Create a free Singletracks account to get directions to this trail.

Trail Q&A
Rider Questions


Q: Do you think you could make a map online that I could print at home. There where no maps to take from the box. -Joseph N Cavaco

A: http://chippewaoffroad.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/HickoryRidgePlain20150823.pdf

dgw2jr answered on November 18, 2016. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No

Answer | See all 2 answers



Q: I love this trail! -Joseph N Cavaco

No answers yet.


Please login or create an account to ask a question.
System Trails (8)
System Trails (8)
Bert & Ernie
Burnt Wagon
Burnt Wagon Connector
East Side
Horseshoe Lake
North Side
Puma Playground
Shangri La
Local Info & Nearby Trails
Trail Check-ins
Trail Check-ins
what's this?
Recent Trail Check-ins     (87 total check-ins)
  basshunter   on Sep 28, 2019
  basshunter   on Sep 8, 2019
  wisniewski08   on Aug 31, 2019
  Kevin Kalmon   on Aug 24, 2019
  wisniewski08   on Aug 18, 2019
Photo & Video Gallery (44)
Trail Photos & Videos (44)
Reviews (29)

Granny Gear

September 1, 2019
Review: Great trails and well maintained. Very interesting with many loops. Good ups and down and berms. Very fun ride.

Granny Gear

July 28, 2019
Jnels31 Granny Gear  
Review: This is a great ride, very scenic and remote. No major climbs but plenty moguls. The ride can be long unless you choose the right combination of trails. I've been here three times this summer and plan on more. I highly recommend!


July 21, 2019
addy87 Gramcounter  
Review: If you want remote, this is the trail for you. Your ride around a lot of lakes on some great flowy single track. All trails are clearly marked and there are maps at every trail intersection. It appears they have added some trail length and there is active maintenance. I did see a lot of trees marked, so is suspect there is going to be some logging activity soon. As others noted, there aren't a lot of jumps or berms but there are a few trail sections that did have some good speed potential. Also, there is some managed timber area that is awesome to ride through. It's advertised as 15 miles but I think there are now more trails so it might be longer. I rode 12 before some rain chased me off but I'll be back in fall, when I'm sure it will be spectacular. This is the kind of trail to ride for the nature and environment versus the technical jumps and climbs.

I went during the week and the trail was completely empty but it's a big system so others could have been there.

Granny Gear

June 16, 2018
Review: These trails are the best! Great for all ability levels! Definitely ride by Hannah Lake!

Granny Gear

August 20, 2017
Review: I love this trail system!
this trail system is a blast to ride, its super flowy and lots of distance. the only problem I had with it was the lack of trail features I like to have little jumps and other features to have fun on. But features aside, I loved this system and defiantly will be riding again.


July 30, 2017
Sp33dwagon Gramcounter  
Review: Wow, what a hidden gem! This reminds me the most of riding in NC and rolling flowy sections through the hills and valleys of tsali. Great distance and excellent marking. Just right for a stop on a trip or a destination ride, with lots of other great trails less than an hour away.

Bunny Hop

July 20, 2017
cspargen Bunny Hop  
Review: I gave this trail a 5 due to it's potential and design. While it was a bit overgrown when I rode it, given that I was only the 50th person to ride it via Strava for the entire year, I was shocked how well it flowed. With that level of minimal activity, it's surprising there weren't more choppy sections or overgrowth. 15 miles is a ton to manage and whomever maintains these trails does an excellent job of keeping it rideable. Now if only more people would get out and ride it (Twin Cities, Eau Claire, I'm talking to you) this would be arguably 1 of the best trails in Wisconsin!
This trail was about 15 miles long and off the face, appeared to be a very popular trail given the restrooms, outbuilding with equipment, maps, grill, and very welcoming trailhead. As I got into the trail I soon realized it must not have been that often trafficked given the rough chatter I experienced initially on trappers loop. This appeared to be purely due to lack of activity, and as the trail went on I found it was smoother in areas (or I adapted).
This trail makes you feel like you're riding in the mountains. The solitary feeling I had went on for 12 miles until I ran into another biker. He would be the only other person I saw the entire time (70 degree day, 5:30 PM on a Friday). The ending of Puma playground has an awesome finish, about 1/2 mile descending. This trail compared with the likes of Park City, or Monarch Crest in the tree'd sections and had lots of aspens. I truly think this trail has crazy potential and would be a rip roaring good time if it saw more activity. Maybe an annual race could help with this, but if I lived in a 90 mile radius, I'd be riding this trail at least monthly. It has a very generous mix of riding, nothing bad for climbs, and some fast and fun descents. They even took the time to put caution posts up where it makes good sense to warn riders on DH sections of upcoming berms, xc ski crossings, etc.
Last note, the trail is incredibly marked. They have different sections named throughout the entire trail, which can be confusing looking at the map but they just feed into one another and usually have an exit point to ride back to the trailhead. I thought this was pretty neat. Lots of posts and maps on the trail to make riders aware. If you haven't given this a shot, come out and help make this trail better by giving it the traffic it deserves!

Similar Trail: Park City, Monarch Crest (Crest Trail), Colorado Trail near Buffalo Creek, Marquette Mountain Loop


Bunny Hop

September 4, 2017
Review: To answer your question, this trail does not get ridden much in the summer because the 'show no mercy' deerfly population is relentless. People typically ride it from spring until mid-June, then it tapers off until August. There is a race here at the end of September, aptly named The Deerfly Chase.


January 7, 2017
johnk Gramcounter  
Review: Fabulous in the summer and fabulous in the winter. The club that maintains this trail does an impeccable job, just finished a fatbike ride and found it to be one of the best maintained trails around. It's a must do

Similar Trail: The woolly

Granny Gear

November 22, 2016
sunny10 Granny Gear  
Review: One of the best mtb trails around. I call it Wisconsin's best kept secret.
Fast and flowy, love it.

September 10, 2016
Review: These trails are well thought out and well maintained. Until or unless you familiarize yourself with where you are, you feel as if you are in the middle of no where. The map system online and on the trails is excellent. The mileage noted on the map is accurate. Because you feel as if you are miles away from civilization and other trails, having this excellent and easy to read map is reassuring while on the trail. Also, there are supplemental signs guiding you back to the parking lot or keeping you on track (there are ski trails and horse trails which intersect the biking trail). The trails are challenging without being overwhelming. Beginners as well as more experienced riders can get a satisfying workout or just enjoy biking in the forest. While there are other trails in the area, this is my go to trail.

Hickory Ridge MTB Trail 4.72 out of 5 based on 29 ratings. 29 user reviews.
Trail Conditions
Trail Conditions          < / > embed