John Muir Trails

4.45 out of 5
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↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 2,100 ft

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Trail Description
About this trail
These are great single track trails located in a state forest. Some technical parts, but most riders will be able to find a track that suites them. They are a series of loops, with a ten-mile track being the longest. There is also a five mile connector trail that connects to another series of trails - the Emma Carlin trails. Considering the area, these are the best trails for single track riding in this area of the state!
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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: how long does it take roughly for these trails to dry up a decent amuont after a day of rain? -Guest

A: a day or two after rain most parts of the trail will be dry. Certain sections will remain wet and muddy for days. You will be able to enjoy, just beware of the muddy sections.

Rasta Business answered on June 28, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No




Q: Are these trails open all year? I'm considering a fat bike this winter -Guest

A: Yes they are, I and many others ride our fat bike here in the winter as well as at the emma carlin trail system.

E-MTBer answered on November 12, 2017. Did you find this helpful? Yes | No


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Reviews (52)


June 23, 2019
Bobzer68 Gramcounter  
Review: Trails are good. Some trees down but we'll marked. A couple loops. Currently closed. Again everything is well marked. Great riding conditions.

Granny Gear

January 5, 2019
JohnnyD22 Granny Gear  
Review: I drive from Chicago burbs here 6-8 times a year and always love the ride on the blue trail. Nice mix of technical sections with about 5 great hills. Highly recommend it.

Granny Gear

December 17, 2017
Review: Great variety of trails, but all are well-maintained and definitely worth a ride!


September 4, 2017
ewald.eric Gramcounter  
Review: John Muir trails have a ton of variety. There are multiple trails/distances. A few of the loops offers some difficult climbs but rewards those climbs with fun flowing and technical downhill section. There is also a somewhat decent skills course.

Similar Trail: Emma Carlin


September 3, 2017
KM332 Gramcounter  
Review: Fast fun flowing singletrack with technical climbs in a few spots however there seems to be a bit of everything here to accommodate almost every skill level. Really exceptional bike park.

Granny Gear

November 21, 2016
JohnnyD22 Granny Gear  
Review: The blue trail is intense! Logs, plenty of medium sized rocks, sand and 4 real good hills! You sure can't take your eyes off the trail for long or you re going down!

Granny Gear

October 29, 2016
Hopper29 Granny Gear  
Review: Love this trail. Great for a good workout and lots of different variations. Beautiful area and friendly people.

Granny Gear

October 21, 2016
Dyllon Granny Gear  
Review: Had a great time

Granny Gear

September 14, 2016
Review: In a word, awesome. These trails are extensive, well labeled and carefully maintained and it all adds up to a great experience. They offer a variety of difficulties from beginner to expert so no matter your skill level there is something for you. Some of the obstacles include rock gardens, bridges and fallen logs, both avoidable and unavoidable. There are numerous uphills as well as fast downhills and even a few sand traps. I enjoyed these trails immensely and would recommend them to anyone.


July 5, 2016
tgro Trailblazer  
Review: 4th of July ride with my brothers. Haven't rode these trails in years. I love the variety of terrain and the ability to mix and match the different trails for how far and how difficult a ride you want to do! The only thing I wasn't quite prepared for was to need an annual Wisconsin State Park tag ($38 out of state) or day permit ($11 out of state) to enter the park and an annual trail pass ($25) or day pass ($5) for every rider over 16. Other than that the facilities were nice, the trails fairly well maintained and the maps and trail markings were easy to follow. We rode a combination of the blue, green and orange trails totalling in at just over 9 miles. Great combination of smooth flow and tight technical single track!

John Muir Trails MTB Trail 4.45 out of 5 based on 52 ratings. 52 user reviews.
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