Milwaukee River Trail

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AVERAGE RATING
****
3.85 out of 5
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6.0
miles

Singletrack
↑ 600 ft
↓ 600 ft
639
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
This is a great city ride. Tight singletrack for the most part. On west side there is only 1 trail and on the east side there are multiple trails. If you are in the city and want your fix, this is it.
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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 (14)
 

Bunny Hop


April 25, 2018
 
Review: It gets an extra point for being in the middle of the city. North of the Oak Leaf break, it can be stupidly difficult, if wet. Not it a "whoa this is hard" way, but it a "I can't tell where the trail leads, because it's all mud and water." South of the Oak Leaf break, it is a blast! Very easy, pretty fast, and goes from wide to narrow to wide. Just watch out for headphone-wearing joggers, who have no idea that you are behind them. The dog walkers will force you to stop, but they are generally very courteous. This can easily be ridden on a drop bar, rigid mtb, or gravel bike. It's a great, fast way to get from the north shore to downtown, too!




Trailblazer


July 11, 2015
mtn417 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Can no longer ride all the way up to Hilton on Hampton and Port Wash because of construction, but as previous reviewers said, west more tech, east smoother.




Gramcounter

June 8, 2015
tammyvh Gramcounter  
 
Review: Fun trail. West bank is more technical than the east bank. West bank has roots and rocks. Multi-use Trail.




Epic


January 2, 2015
 
Review: Still a great ride but just so you know most of the trail is open. But the part by the Hilton was logged over basically. The east side of the trail is fully functionally but it is very hard to access the west trail without doing an out and back



 

Epic


January 2, 2015
Greg Heil Epic  
 
Review: Hi cavermatthew, according to reports, this trail isn't MTB-legal. If you have any information (such as trail maps, images of trail signs, trailhead kiosks, etc.) that proves otherwise, please shoot me an email at greg@singletracks.com and we'll update the trail status. Thanks!




Epic


July 16, 2014
 
Review: Great city ride. little bridges over creeks, rock gardens, and pretty fast downhill. But I only gave it a four because despite the pretty fast downhill, there's not much of it which means it's pretty flat. not HUGE drops, but for the area pretty big.




Trailblazer


August 16, 2013
mtn417 Trailblazer  
 
Review: Previous reviewer is correct. You can do a full loop just crossing over the ped bridge between humbolt and crossing mke river at port road. Entrance is still there outside hilton parking lot. good 7mile loop. No driving to ride for us city dwellers

Similar Trail: none






August 10, 2013
Guest   
 
Review: You can now make a full loop. Start at Hampton and port road and drop on to trailhead at southeast corner. Can follow this trail all the way down east side of river to north ave pedestrian bridge then go back north on west side of trail (entrance) just to east of dorm complex on north ave. (or vice versa) someone has been maintaining it. Great ride in city. Lots to explore. Not sure what exactly happened to trailhead that was behind the Hilton/barnabas on port road.

Similar Trail: No other trails like this in mke county




Gramcounter

September 20, 2012
 
Review: East side in my opinion really stinks. west was pretty good, and long. Was an ok workout, but lacking in much fun.




Bunny Hop

July 15, 2012
stazera Bunny Hop  
 
Review: I don't even know how people call this as a mtb trail. It is a good hiking trail though. There are no directions nor map to find the start/end points. I would say it is just waste of time. The only good thing is you will see the river flowing along the trail. The ride time was only 25 min, but it took me like another 20 min to find the trail. SO i wouldn't recommend this trail for MT biking.




Bunny Hop

February 26, 2012
 
Review: Whether you will spend time off your bike obviously depends partly upon your skill, but even more upon how extensively you explore this terrain. The West Bank is basically very linear (there are occasional short bypasses or sidetreks, but no really significant alternate routes). The East Bank Trail has considerable alternative options (especially from Capitol to just south of Locust). On the West Bank Trail, even a moderately skilled rider may never have to dismount (save for if there are new blowdowns). One the East Bank Trail, all but the most skilled bikers can find themselves in spots where it is likely to be necessary to dismount, either due to muddy seeps, steep rocky pitches (possible down/one-way, but not likely up/the-other), and the like. It is possible (once you know the routes) to ride without dismount, but it is also possible to have to dismount quite a number of times if you don't want to come back (bike and self) covered in mud and/or if you don't have the skill or daring to take the risk of crashing on rocks and trees.



Milwaukee River Trail MTB Trail 3.85 out of 5 based on 14 ratings. 14 user reviews.
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