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Level: Intermediate
Length: 15 mi (24.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +815/436 ft
Total: 66 riders
 

Mountain Biking Hickory Ridge

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#2 of 381 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#85 in the world

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)

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • Restrooms 
Getting there
Northeast of Bloomer about 13 miles

Take hwy 64 east about 5 miles from Bloomer. Turn north on cty. AA. Turn east after 4 miles onto 226th av. follow east about 4 miles look for Hickory Ridge trail head sign on the north side of road
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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.
A: http://chippewaoffroad.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/HickoryRidgePlain20150823.pdf

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  • Jerry F
    *****

    Would try to keep this secret but it's remote enough and big enough please come and enjoy!! Bought a cabin close by, great MTB trails being a prerequisite. 17-ish miles ride-able both directions. Nothing very technical but beautiful w/small lakes everywhere, fast, flowy (it is fast and flowy, whoever reviewed otherwise can't ride). Ridden almost every trail in Wisconsin, only the Hayward/CAMBA better in my opinion-and maybe Whitetail Ridge. ONLY negative is no decent camping anywhere.
    And regarding the deerfly's yes it's true. BUT if you are a non-stop, fast rider they don't keep up. I ride it almost every weekend all year long (cabin 5 miles away)

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  • Trouthunter777
    *****

    Great trails and well maintained. Very interesting with many loops. Good ups and down and berms. Very fun ride.

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  • Jnels31
    ****

    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!

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  • addy87
    *****

    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.

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  • Brad Chovan
    *****

    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.

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  • campbikefishrepeat
    *****

    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.

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  • Sp33dwagon
    *****

    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.

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  • johnk
    *****

    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

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  • sunny10
    *****

    One of the best mtb trails around. I call it Wisconsin's best kept secret.
    Fast and flowy, love it.

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  • **

    Not good. Trails were in major need of some work. There were sticks and branches covering most trails. The trails had fun sections but overall they were not fast and didn't flow very well.

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  • seabeee1
    ****

    Course was great, but a little sketchy due to wetness. Good ride!

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  • Mark Larson
    *****

    If you're into XC riding, this is the place for you! About 13 miles of purposely built singletrack all connected end to end (with a few bailouts if you want/need to cut your ride shorter) Set amongst a beautiful backdrop of forest and tons of lakes it's quintessential Wisconsin! Basically this trail is nothing more than pedaling and steering around natural beauty as there's not much in the way of noticeable elevation change or man made features (just a handful of berms, stunts & bridges.) Got about 1200ft of change over 13 miles but you barely notice it other than a couple steep pitch changes. Trail is two way, it appears counter-clockwise is the preferred way but I'll do one lap of each next time I'm out. Trails seemed well designed, made & maintained. This is 100% an XC trail, one good for beginners but also fun for anyone as increased speed brings increased challenges.

    This trail would be good for fat bikes, single speeds & rigid bikes.

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  • Melvinbeater
    *****

    Rode Hickory Ridge recently and experienced the new reroute on North loop before Bert and Ernie. It is 5 star awesome. Good design and construction. Trails were riding great with clean and firm tread. Fast and flowy.

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  • Melvinbeater
    *****

    Just found my best riding in years. Finally tried Hickory Ridge trails in Bloomer,wi. By the urging of some twin city bike shops. 15 miles of great designed trails with everything. Ridges,flowy downhills with berms, bridges and what seems like dozen of lakes.

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  • Melvinbeater
    *****

    Incredible single track. Flows well with up close lake shore riding. Lots of ridges with IMBA trail type consrtuction. I had 15 miles without riding same trail twice. Very "up-North" feeling. Much like CAMBA trails but with lakes.

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  • samanthas
    *****

    Great single track- beautiful scenery driving to trail from two hours away and while biking. Super long so didn't have to repeat any loops during 2 hour ride and could've gone another hour on other loops if had the energy. Four cars in parking area but encountered nobody on trail- definitely feel out in the woods here:)

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  • trailczar
    *****

    This has been a hidden gem for years, however the traffic is steadily increasing. The trail system is growing each year, with new singletrack being added by the dedicated trail craftsmen. There is no lack of beauty, with the number of lake views, I lost track at 30 . I particularly like the remote feel of this place, there are no sounds from nearby roads, just nature at its finest. Its a great destination for its relative proximity to MN, IL and all parts of WI. I hope the builders continue to add new trail to make this a multi day destination.

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  • trailczar
    *****

    These trails have come a long way in the past few years and show continuous signs of improvement. I have always enjoyed these 'secret' trails. The area is remote and adds to the wilderness feel. The glacial lakes and mature hard woods are impressive, as is the IMBA trail building techniques, you can tell these guys/gals know what they are doing. The Sunday afternoon that I was there, the parking lot was full of cars from WI, MN and Illinois, so obviously the word is getting out - not much of a secret anymore. I hope they continue to expand the trails and create more loops to make for an all/multi day trip. Thanks for all the work and continued improvement.

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  • Tsample
    ****

    Not a bad ride. For sure is remote and feels like the middle of nowhere. Not very challenging or technical but decently maintained makes for a good casual trail. Maps could use updating. Be sure to bring one with on the ride if your new. My gps was coming in and out of signal and couldn't not be relied on.

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