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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +909/887 ft
Total: 315 riders

Mountain Biking John Muir Trails

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#14 of 382 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#341 in the world

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!

First added by searsandrewj on May 18, 2004. Last updated Dec 17, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: no
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: no
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: no
  • E-bikes allowed: yes
  • Fee required: yes
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Getting there
Take Hwy 12 east from Whitewater. Turn left onto Cty Rd H in LaGrange. The trailhead is about a mile on the left, the signs are well marked.
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Mountain Bike Trails Near La Grange, Wisconsin

Intermediate | 8 mi

Rider questions

Q: how long does it take roughly for these trails to dry up a decent amuont after a day of rain?
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.

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

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  • Dtarp

    Trails in excellent condition. Great for all skill levels of riders and even family.

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  • Bobzer68

    Trails are good. Some trees down but we'll marked. A couple loops. Currently closed. Again everything is well marked. Great riding conditions.

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  • JohnnyD22

    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.

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  • Colin Huffer

    Great variety of trails, but all are well-maintained and definitely worth a ride!

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  • ewald.eric

    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.

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  • KM332

    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.

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  • JohnnyD22

    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!

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  • Hopper29

    Love this trail. Great for a good workout and lots of different variations. Beautiful area and friendly people.

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  • Newman12334

    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.

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  • tgro

    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!

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  • Brendan Hobart

    Grew up riding these trails and still get out on them as much as possible. Nothing very technical here, just some easily navigable rock gardens in the back of the blue loop. Come out for the fall colors race at the end of September each year for a great ride

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  • jmullen1225

    Great trail the longest trail is 12 miles but there are other trails making over 50 miles of Singletrack to enjoy

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  • Trekker24

    Fun system of trails with varying difficulties. Great singletrack that is well marked. Only downside really is that you have to pay to ride it unless you have a Wisconsin State trail pass and and Wisconsin State Park sticker.

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  • Gary Branham

    Agree with Jared, deducted star for cost of non resident. Trails were very well maintained and is a very popular trail in WI. Thought it flowed well and was very well marked. Mutliple level trails and a connector to near by trails makes for about 28 miles of trails.

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  • Matthew Bonner

    Beautiful, flowy trails around breathtaking kettles. It also connects to Emma Carlin for some more technical stuff. There is also a skills park to test yourself on.

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  • Jared Christensen

    This was a fun trail system to visit. The only reason I gave it 4 stars rather than 5 was I had to pay $14 to ride. $10 nonresident parking plus $4 trail pass. I felt that was pretty steep. I stopped here as I was traveling for business and rode the blue loop. I ride conservatively when I'm riding away from home, it took me 1:20 to ride the 12 mile loop. There are two hills that are pretty nasty with roots and rocks. Those were challenging to get up without dismounting. There were enough roots and rocks to make me wish I had a full suspension bike, but it's still a lot of fun on a hardtail. If you're a beginner to intermediate rider, you should have a lot of fun o this trail. My only wish is that the visibility was better. Speed is inhibited a bit by being unable to see what's ahead. If you live in this area and have a chance to get familiar with these trails, you can probably fly through them.

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  • mjamesreuter

    Fasty flowy and easy to pack on the miles. If you're looking for somewhere to bust out 25 miles pretty quickly this is a good place. Great sight lines, well maintained trails, and if you ride the connector to emma carlin system it gets a little more technical. A really beautiful piece of land as well. Trails are well marked, and its a well traveled system with camping near by.

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  • Patrick Schmitt

    Much more fun that Emma Carlin. Lots of options for loops, and you can ride for hours without doing the same stuff. A long ride can be done via the connector trail to Emma Carlin but a lot of the connector trail sucks IMO due to lack of brush hogging the weeds and branches from tearing you up mid summer. Muir gets better every year!

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  • Fuzz Martin

    When I went, the trail had only been open for the spring season for a couple of weeks. It was still a little wet, in spots, but otherwise in great condition. There were a lot of bikers at the trails, but we all seemed to be spread out enough that I only had to wait on a couple of riders. The trails flow nicely, are very well marked and have a good amount of challenging climbs and fast downhills. Definitely on my list of trails to go back to. Next time, I'll hit the Emma Carlin trails, as well.

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