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Level: Intermediate
Length: 28 mi (45.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Figure 8
Elevation: +661/ -593 ft
Total: 228 riders

Mountain Biking Kettle Moraine John Muir + Emma Carlin

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#19 of 389 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#859 in the world

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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First added by mikeserafin_ on Jan 17, 2012. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
Take rt 12 to County HWY H north for a mile to reach the parking lots.

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