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Level: Intermediate
Length: 32 mi (51.5 km)
Surface: Other
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +92/ -81 ft
Total: 197 riders

Mountain Biking Nine Mile

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#16 of 389 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#728 in the world

A combination of Mountain Biking singletrack/snowshoe and XC ski trails. This trail has a little bit of everything with 18.3 miles of wide open XC-ski two track that can be dirt road hammer fests or just a nice easy green trail for beginners. The 13.5 mile single track system was heavily updated in 2014/2015 by the local IMBA Chapter, CWOCC. All single track is now interconnected with the trailhead near the south (front) end of the chalet where you can find The Pines or Jim's Trail. The single track system broken down into three loop clusters: the East Loops, across Red Bud Road, are some of the oldest trail. Hand built and generally rooty and rugged at times but also flow well. Yin/Yang loop is a good intermediate trail with Stone Soup being quite rocky and rugged advanced trail. The West Loop is a mix of new school/old school trail. All intermediate level trail the newest sections of Up Nort, Outbound and a chunk of Chainsmoker feature lots of berms and rollers for great flow. Root Canal, Icky Thump, half of Chainsmoker maintain the older hand built feel. The South Loop or advanced loop is accessed off the west end of Outbound. Here you'll be treated to a lot of rooty and rocky trail. The most challenging sections being Flower, Stinger, Ho Chi Minh, K-bypass and White Knuckle, however, there is one touch of bermed flowy goodness on the descent of Ho Chi Minh. This loop rides well in the counter clockwise direction starting with Flower and ending with White Knuckle. All trails are two way so there are lots of options for riding.

Nine Mile County Forest is located only about 5 miles from the city of Wausau. The trail costs $4.00 to ride and $25.00 for an annual pass. All trail fees are allocated back towards the operation of Nine Mile recreation. The trails are open for riding from May 1st (conditions dependent) until October 15th. Also be aware that Nine Mile is a managed forest unit, hunting occurs early and late in the season and there are often logging operations that could affect trail access.

First added by agxcix on Jul 22, 2007. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: yes
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: yes
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Wausau South on US Hwy 39 (Formerly 51) to C.T.H. N (Exit 188), then West 3.5 miles on HWY N, left on Red Bud Road, then 1-1/2 miles South the parking lot is marked with a sign and will be to your right.
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Rider questions

Q: Is it camping friendly?
A: You can camp at Nine Mile, however, you need to get a permit from Marathon County Park Dept. The permit is free (I believe) but you need to have one, if the cops or ranger happen to check and you don't have a permit they'll kick you out. Permits info is found here toward the very bottom of the page:

Q: I want to check out this trail, but there is a discrepancy between the topo map link and the location on the single-tracks map. I am camping at IL Beach State Park next week and would love to check this place out if it is only 25-30 minute drive. Is the single-track map correct? the topo map and description says the trail is near Wausau WI which is too far.