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Level: Intermediate
Length: 10 mi (16.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +836/ -507 ft
Total: 128 riders

Mountain Biking Lowes Creek

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#5 of 387 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#199 in the world

There are some double track and plenty of singletrack here. I don't believe there are one way trails except for one spot that is clearly marked. From parking area, follow the fenceline back and hang to left. Once around the corner you can see where the singletrack starts. Trails are maked well but no maps are available as far as I know. I have ridden quite a few times and I am still finding new trails. For the most part trails are flat with log obstacles and a couple creek crossings. There are a couple hills but nothing serious. They are in the process of adding new trails too. Singletrack is well built and there is plenty to explore. This is a nice jewel right in the city limits of Eau Claire.

A pump track is incorporated into the trail system kinda neat but nothing I would go traveling for.

First added by tjkapanke on Dec 11, 2006. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: yes
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-90. Take the Hwy 93 exit, go south off the ramp to next stoplight. Turn right on Lorch Ave. Go about 1/2 mile to parking area on left across from action city. There is a chainlink fence around the fairgrounds on left, the parking is directly after the fence ends.
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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    Lowes has a really nice variety of trai for groups of mixed ability. There's a good deal of easy winding through the woods on level ground without mandatory obstacles and plenty of miles of more interesting trail. There are a lot of trails in a small space with many unmarked intersections, but major intersections now have good maps with sign post numbers marked. I find it very fun, and just wish it was closer to home.

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  • richk12

    Some pretty sweet trails. The intersections where trails meet aren't well signed. So there are times where your riding a trail and come to a 3-4 way split and don't know which to follow unless you have the topo view on your phone.

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  • cspargen

    I gave this trail 2 stars hoping that some of the stuff I couldn't hit was more rideable. I rode the majority of trails on the east and south side, but missed some of the west side trails. This trail could use more signage, not so much posts or signs themselves, but a map showing "you are here". They did a good job of signage from a posts perspective, but constantly having to check trailforks or MTBProject to make sure you are going where you had intended can make a ride frustrating. Some of the trails should have been connected so you don't have 0.1, 0.2, 0.3, etc. mile small sections, which add to the confusion stated above.
    Mapping aside, the trail was pretty overgrown on every section I rode, and in the 3-4 spots where I found some flow it was seemingly met with sandy washouts at the bottom. This could be more fun on a plus or fat bike, but I was rolling a 29x2.6 up front (Nobby Nic) and 29x2.4 out back (Ardent) so it wasn't a skinny xc tire. This may be better guided and once it's maintained, and perhaps I just picked the segments that were not the best, but I was shocked to find it compared in ratings to anything in CAMBA, Hickory Ridge, or Levis Mounds. I personally didn't find it to be nearly as entertaining.

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  • tomorrowclear

    Very little technicality and very little rise, but you can ride it very fast. Extremely well-maintained and sustainable trails. The biggest drawback is the amount of traffic on trails on weekends and other busy times. This is a good example of a trail system that needs to be one-way. Several near-misses over the years.

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  • stumpyfsr   ✓ supporter

    Nice beginner to intermediate trail network. Maintained well with maps at major intersections. There're some difficult sections marked as Advanced. I recommend to stop by and check it out when in the area

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  • tgro   ✓ supporter

    A jem located just south of Eau Claire! The trails here have a great mixture of difficulty and most can be ridden either direction (very clearly marked when one way). That feature is a double edged sword. It's great for connecting loops of similar difficulty trail and consequently doubling your mileage, but not as great when you come up on another rider, runner or hiker on the narrow bench cut hillside trails. Definitely keep your eyes up trail! The trails are well marked and labeled by name and difficulty. I recommend printing out a map and carrying it with you the first few times though, as some of the trails are short connectors, and others double back. Overall a very nice trail system an well worth the $3 daily or $25 annual Eau Claire County Parks vehicle pass.

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  • Brendan Hobart

    Definitely a fun little system. It doesn't take long to get a feel for where you are without a map (bring your own- the box at the lot was empty). Some of the trails are a bit plain (flat and featureless) but don't take away from what the system has to offer. For the most part, it's not very technical but there are some sections that catch you off guard

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  • Ben Leonard

    A designated MTB trail with people pushing strollers up hills and 'advanced' technical areas. I almost hit kids on three different occasions on got yelled at when the mothers thought they were on a hard walking path. I reminded them as politely as I could that there was no walking on the MTB trail due to this and told her she should really avoid this.

    I don't know if trails are not marked well enough to inform walkers and runners of this, but otherwise a beautiful track to ride. I was just upset about how many times a moved over for runners or slowed down for walkers.

    5 stars for the trail system. Great place for beginners and just gets more technical the faster you ride. -2 stars for runners and walkers galore, even on super techincal parts, you were warned.

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  • jasfoto

    I thought this was a fun trail system. It's a nice scenic spot surrounding an valley through which Lowes Creek flows. Lots of short trails that all connect in various ways. Nice combo platter of easy and more advanced trails. Nothing too crazy, but enough to keep advanced riders interested. Sometimes can be a bit confusing for people new to the trail with all the intersections but the trails are well marked. Loved come of the creek crossing and rock gardens. All in all I think you'll get around 12-14 miles ridding all the trail sections once around. Definitely worth stopping and easy to find.

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  • Sarah Thomas

    These were fun and fast trails. The area isn't huge, so you're never very far away from the parking lot if you break down, but there are lots of windy turns and tight trails in the space that they have. Nothing too scary or unrideable. Not very rocky or rooty from what I remember. There's a fitness area in the middle of this, where you can run in between fitness stations like pull-up bars and such.

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  • Chase Magruder

    Very few challenging trails for experienced riders, but a lot of fun and fast in sections. Great for new riders and trails are marked pretty well. Pretty good amount of traffic that keeps the trail packed down for the most part, but it is sandy in the Eau Claire area.

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  • hollyanne99

    I had a blast racing at this venue. The trails flowed well and were very fast. Nothing too technical here, though with so much speed, some things become tougher! The sections are named, so I imagine with a map, it's easy to link sections together to ride. I'd love to come back to ride here, though I live far away. Definitely worth riding if you're in the area.

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  • RoadWarrior

    Excellent trail system. Great signage, lots of fun flowing ST. Stay on ski trail for easy spin or hit any of the other trails for more fun. Nothing very technical here, black trails just have some steep parts.
    Ant Hill trail is one of the best FLAT trails I've ever ridden.

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  • harley12

    Awesome trails

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  • harley12

    Best place ever

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  • ecNate

    Something for everybody is definitely the name of the game here. Plenty of wide x country trails, lots of simple flat routes through the woods, a few challenging ridge rides and a select few advanced trails. Very well marked and maintained. Highlights are sure to be Thrillville and Split Rock/Fern Gulley/Skull/Nemesis.

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  • Chris Daniels

    The flow here is some of the best I've seen. Very we'll marked and maps are at trailhead and various intersections along the way. You have to pay a day use fee, but it's worth it once you see how well the trail is managed (bridges, banked corners, anti-erosion type stuff, etc.). Bottom line: if you're in the area, you must do this trail!

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  • *****

    Really fun place to ride! Something for everyone

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  • basshunter

    a very fun set of trails that is a short ride from anywhere in town. trails range from very easy flatland to swoopy bermed trails, short bomber downhills, a few short climbs, and a few nice technical sections. The new Whoops section is a blast, best way to ride is starting at the highway and heading towards far east trail. Lots of different trails for different people. There trails keep you pedaling, so you get a great workout here.

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