Kettle Moraine John Muir + Emma Carlin

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.33 out of 5
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Intermediate
28.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,900 ft
↓ 2,000 ft
960
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
There are many different loops with many different options for rides. Ranging from a 4 mile ride, to this 28 mile ride which took
3.75hrs. The terrain ranges from rolling singletrack, to very technical rocky sections. Very tough climbs and some screaming
downhills. From meadows, dense forest, to pine stands with sandy soil. Its a great 'all-mountain' feel from the Midwest. definitely
a gem for the area. There is the southwester section called the John Muir trails which runs only clockwise for mountain bikers. It
has a few cheater lines so this section can be as short as 4 miles, or up to 8 or so. Great facilities in the lot. From the northern
corner, there is an offshoot which can guide you to the connector trail. This trail itself is a 6 mile ride over to the Emma Carlin trail
loop. This connector and the Emma Carlin trail system are a bit more wild and feel more detached- which make it much more
demanding. One could also park at the Emma Carlin TH parking lot which is up further north.

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (22)
 

Granny Gear

January 25, 2019
Grunsy152 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I've gone to his trail my whole life an even know it has changed throughout the years i still love it! I've ridden on here with a hardtail and a full and have had great experiences. Make sure to bring bug spray there because you'll encounter a lo of mosquitoes and gnats.

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Granny Gear

June 18, 2018
flindman Granny Gear  
 
Review: These trails are great in regards to challenge, elevation and overall fun in the woods for all ages. The Emma Carlin is my favorite with it's single track, sweet log obstacles and banked turns. John Muir is also great with some easier options for the whole family to enjoy.

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Granny Gear

January 4, 2018
 
Review: Near-perfect winter conditions at Muir today. There were five downed trees on the blue loop. Two were hoppable and two had ad-hoc detours. Only one required a dismount.

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Granny Gear

September 11, 2017
 
Review: I thought the trails this weekend were on point. Had a blast and would recommend this trail to anyone. It lives up to it's reputation.

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Gnarly

August 23, 2017
 
Review: Trails are in exceptional shape. Thank you for such wonderful trail conditions!!!!

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Granny Gear

August 13, 2017
 
Review: Emma Carlin used to be an amazing trail. Most of this trail system has become tight switchbacks and useless turns designed to zap any momentum. You'll need to hit the brakes every few seconds, so it really takes away from the fitness value. The Muir trail is headed this way as well. Dissapointing.

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Gramcounter

August 5, 2017
 
Review: All XC. There is a few somewhat fun sections, but it's mostly lost of pedaling. Over the past few years, they have been making it less technical. It closes due to rain quite easily. Good place to work on endurance, not so much to work on bike skills.

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Granny Gear

June 27, 2017
 
Review: JOHN MUIR REVIEW While the Orange is listed as a shorter, intermediate, it's steep, narrow and rocky, without much downhill and flow to justify the effort. Lots of work, not much reward. Though when we were there, they had trail maintenance and a detour, so perhaps we didn't ride the full Orange experience. A couple loops of the Brown was fun, though not much of a challenge. The ride atmosphere on a Summer Weekend is festive. Families. Kids. Riders of all stripes. Big picnic area and shelters. Water. Restrooms. Bike wash setup repair station. Great place to make new friends! Bring a cooler and some lawn chairs for after ride schmoozing.

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Bunny Hop

May 27, 2016
 
Review: One of my favorite trail systems in Wisconsin. Not as technical as Levis or as many miles as CAMBA, but definitely worth a day or two to explore

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Gramcounter

April 29, 2016
 
Review: The weather was 80 and sunny at the time of the ride. Best ride of the year!!

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Kettle Moraine John Muir + Emma Carlin MTB Trail 4.33 out of 5 based on 22 ratings. 22 user reviews.
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