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Level: Intermediate
Length: 9 mi (14.5 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +584/ -542 ft
Total: 102 riders

Mountain Biking Hixon Forest

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#3 of 387 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#120 in the world

The LaCrosse VELO club deserves much credit for the job they did here. Trails are well built. Singletrack is tight, twisty, and full of log obstacles. The hills are sure to make you sweat a little bit. There is a map in the parking lot to show you the recommended route.

First added by tjkapanke on Nov 2, 2006. Last updated May 4, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-90 take exit 5. Go south into LaCrosse. Stay on that road, it turns into Losey blvd. Go about 4 miles to Main st. Take a left on Main and go straight up the bluff. Main turns into Bliss Rd. Go all the way to top of hill and make left on county rd. FA. Go one mile and park in gravel lot next to weather station.
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  • Chris Chambers   ✓ supporter

    Awesome trails with berms, rollers, jumps and old school bench cut single track ! Also has a pump track at the trail head by the NOAA station

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  • Lance Dale

    With the new flow/downhill trails this could be one of the best places to ride in the state. There is something for everyone here and the local volunteers are constantly working to improve and add to this trail system. No matter what type of riding you like, you will find it here. There's old-school tight singletrack, plenty of great climbs, fast flow trails, and a downhill gravity trail with all sorts of jumps and berms. It's Disneyland on dirt.

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  • Michelle Nelson

    Love, love, love these trails! There are some great intermediate trails. I would give it less stards because there only beginner trail is boring, but I don't need a green trail :) Also, the local volunteers work really hard atmaintaining the trails.

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  • Brandon M

    As some of the more critical reviewers have said, much of the trail doesn't 'flow' well- True! BUT, it's still a great trail with some challenging sections, rock/root interruptions mid turn or right out of uphill corners. Great trail, worth riding at least once!

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  • zeltann17

    Very fun trails. Not very technical but is a lot of fun to ride.

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  • Scott737   ✓ supporter

    I am not quite sure why it's amazing to many. After riding over 20 different trails, I'm not quite impressed...? We can't ride downhill smoothly with so many trees roots or rocks in the way. There's two segments we would find dead end or closed without warning... And it looks like it's two way trails, not loops. And it's has many connect loops making it confusing whether you are on same trail or not.. Sorry, it's 3 star...

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  • Brendan Hobart

    Awesome trails with enough variety to keep me entertained for the 6 months I lived in the area. The black trails are certainly technical enough to push many people's skills

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  • crystalkovavcs

    Loved the trails. Definitely worth the 100 mile drive.

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  • brennanperuginiMTB

    This has to be the best set of trails in wisconsin, everything is awesome, from beginner to expert. Been there 10 times and still haven't done everything.

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  • joeypurple8

    I drove 2 1/2 hours from the Madison area with high hopes for the hpt trail system, looking at the good reviews here and hearing about it from somebody else. Unfortunately, I found most of these trails to be not very bike friendly with badly placed rock and log obstacles.There were lots of very tight switchbacks with the occasional rock right in the middle of the turn, throwing me off. A few of the log obstacles were high up enough to smash my chainring, despite the largest chainring on my bike being a 36T and having a very high ground clearance on my bike. I found that these trails were overall poorly made, and I just wasn't able to have a nice time biking on some well made technical trails.
    I would recommend Camrock, Blue Mounds, Nine mile recreation area, and Kettle Moraine. One plus side to these trails is that there's an occasional flowy section here and there, and there are spectacular views from the bluffs in the area

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  • Jaden-Howe

    Really fun trails! Lots of options, ex. [technical or smooth] Riding is suitable for all different kinds and levels of riders.

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  • Jared13   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Quarry:

    Great little trail at the end of a switch back on French Connection. A few log piles and some rocks here and there signal the beginning. As you get into the trail you'll find some quick elevation changes (no lung burners though) and before you know it, you're at the road and turning around to hit it again!

    Another great trail in the HPT system.

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  • hollyanne99

    Singletrack trails offering different rides for differing abilities, though none are particularly long. The trail names are well marked with difficulty, though without a map, I was guessing which turn to take. I repeated many sections and found it difficult to try and ride all the sections as it's not really a loop or laid out in a way so you minimize riding portions multiple times. It was nice to see these trails, as I'd heard of them & had been wanting to see them, though I wouldn't plan another trip out just for these, instead I'd go to Levis-Trow.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    Tremendus colection of trails, in great shape. Just a LOT of trail and it's all good. The advanced trails have tough obsticles, like log and rock piles and tight switch backs. The intermediates are cool. and it all has plenty of hillyness, with vast vistas over looking the Mississipi River valley. Bliss road has a 5 ton limit. (Large vehicles park on st. W of RR if you don't mind 2 miles of 10% road up to the TH) I simply have to return because there's so much more to explore then I could get to in 2 hrs of riding. I did find the network somewhat confusing although most intersections are marked with plastic posts, naming trail, permitted activity etc. One shudders to think on why the "No Cattle" sign went up.

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  • basshunter

    These trails are great! lots of elevation change for Wisconsin being so flat, and some great scenery. Some of the singletrack really makes you think about your rock and root handling skills. Some really cool obstacles and features with go arounds really complete the riding experience, and the pump track and dirt jumps at the trailhead are a hoot!

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