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Level: Advanced
Length: 8 mi (12.9 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +516/639 ft
Total: 37 riders
 

Mountain Biking Glacier Blue Hills

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#197 of 382 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#11563 in the world

Great if you are a trials style rider. Lots of technical areas. If you enjoy trails with flow, air or speed, you will find none of that here. These are really just hiking trails that allow biking on them.

First added by searsandrewj on Jan 13, 2013. Last updated May 2, 2020. → add an update
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  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: yes
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Beaver Dam Road just west of Hwy 45 in West Bend. 45 N to Hwy 33. WEst 4 blks to Hwy B. North 1 miles to Beaver Dam Road. 1/2 mile to trailhead on north side of the road.
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  • 2stroke250
    *****

    I love this trail! Very challenging this is what mountain biking is all about bike setup,rider conditioning, line selection ect. I'm a little confused why people spend lots of money on trick rising rate linkage suspension ,oversized rotors , long travel big sanctions forks ,wide rims ect then ride on a smooth machine built trail? Isn't the whole purpose of mtbing dialing in your bike for the given conditions? Instead of complaining how terribly difficult the trail is practice/ride more technical trail it's not fair to Improve dumbdown trail so less skilled riders won't complain their are lots of trails for them in the area .

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  • chilllout
    *****

    Hey everyone, think these trails are awful??
    Well here is your chance to make a difference. Metro Mountain Bikers are raising funds to upgrade the Glacier Blue Hills MTB experience with machine-built trails, flow sections, bridges, drops, and other fun goodies. This work isn't cheap, though. The goal is to raise $300,000. Do your part by donating at www dot metromountainbikers dot com. I'm stoked, how about you?

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  • Collin Buth
    ****

    i cant believe the amount of bad reviews. if you like technical riding and don't mind pedaling, this is the best spot in southeastern Wisconsin. great for practicing enduros.

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  • Shawngermantown
    *****

    I love this place.... Obviously alot of it is for hiking but that what makes it so much fun. If the trail is too steep to walk up, that's my favorite kind of trail and you'll enjoy this place if you do too.

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  • bredep
    ****

    Rode here for the first time and this place certainly doesn't deserve all the 1 star reviews. It isn't fast or flowing and the climbs are steep and mean but it's still a fun place to ride. There are lots of fun sections and some of, if not the best views on a trail anywhere. Trail direction is somewhat confusing, there are signs at random corners and small arrows but no indication of what your supposed to follow.

    Overall it's a fun place and I'll definitely be going back.

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  • Matt Stenson
    ****

    Glacier Blue Hills is in my opinion a great place to ride. Nestled in kettle country you get much more up and down and technical riding than in much of Southeastern Wisconsin. You can go fast on these trails, there's just greater risk and you need a lighter touch on your bike. Lots of rocks and roots to make it challenging. There are a few downhills that I found both fun and challenging and plenty of uphills (there are switchbacks, you just need to know where they are) that will challenge you aerobically.

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  • josharp186
    ****

    Okay, I don't think the trails really deserve 1 star. They are what they are and if you enjoy mountain biking than I believe you should enjoy these trails. Yes, its the kind of park where you will be riding and telling yourself, whatever goes up must come down as there are some stupid brutal climbs filled with rocks, grooves, and roots that are almost impossible to climb. And yes, the park has a lot of trails that just connect, intersect and every once in a while you will see an arrow on a tree guiding you in the right direction. But this allows for some exploration. You can hit each combo in a few tries and do it all in about an hour. This park though has some very fun descents when you find them, a few are rather steep and technical. I have seen better, but for what it is, it is not too bad.

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  • filmboi
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    Another review. Road these trails again, and just like before, they suck big time. These may be the most awful mountain bike trails in the Wisconsin. But this time I looked at each of the trails looking at what could be done to make them better. Some of them a few changes here or there and you can go from awful to good. So there is potential in some. Most are just a lost cause and there are places where the terrain is just screaming for a trail to take advantage of the amazing topography this place has that is not getting used. Would be love to help to make this place better, so if there is anyone interested in doing some work to improve this place, would love to help. Also would love to find who is already working out here on the trails so we can do something with these trails and make this a good place to ride someday.

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  • filmboi
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    I will start with the positives. If you live in West Bend, it is close. You can legally ride bikes here, so no trespassing worries or law enforcement worries. It has one good trail and one ok trail.
    Now to the negatives. The biggest negative is the only good trail is the double track, as it is the only one where you can have decent flow and speed. There are some 20 plus other trails here and one is ok and can be fun, but is to short and poorly kept up. The others were made like you would make a hiking trail, not a mountain bike trail. They have no flow and not many areas where you can enjoy any real speed. If you are a trials rider that enjoys crawling along and getting over and around things very slowly, you could enjoy these trails, but if you want to enjoy a good ride with wind in your face, getting some air and speeding through turns, you won't find any of that here. Now to the worst part. This place has some amazing topography and such a gorgeous setting, but is wasted on a bunch of awful trails that technically should not be classified as biking trails. The best thing would be to eliminate the trails here and starting over with someone who knows how to build trails. The trails here are clearly built by people who are clueless. Also as a warning, 3 trails were built so badly, anyone with handlebars 700mm or wider can not pass between two trees in which the trail goes in between. This could seriously injure someone with wide bars.

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  • Matthew Bonner
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    Positive: GREAT views and exposed technical sections
    Negative: 1.) Absolutely no flow
    2.)You're first time will be terrible because there are so many intersections you literally have to stop every 2 min. to see where to go
    3.) Only four of the countless intersections is signed
    4.)Trails randomly fade
    5.)Lets face it this is just a technical hiking trail that allows bikes
    Honestly I think it's more rewarding just to go the extra 20 min to the northern kettles.

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  • Bob Prohaska
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    I took my fat bike for a ride at Glacial Blue Park in West Bend, Wisconsin. There are some great, technical sections. A lot of climbing and some nice downhills. I really longed for a preferred trail, however, since this whole park is basically just a series of connected trails without a clear direction or path. I found myself getting turned around and then riding the same trail multiple times. I would like to return to explore more.

    Shot some video of my ride: https://youtu.be/p1A1667qQF4

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  • David Bock
    ****

    Very cool trail for a city trail. I went after a recent storm, and there were several trees that were blocking the trail. Trail isn't very well marked, but isn't very long, and you can hear the highway to the east, so you can't really get lost. I really enjoyed this trail!

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  • mtn417
    ***

    I agree, wish this trail was better marked. When you arrive, cross beaver dam rd south and hop on out and back there down to culvers, some steep climbs and great descents, if you get to know the trail and really scoot. Stay left at hepburn woods and again when trail intersects again. Then head back north of beaver dam road after done that out and back. Take double track to trail head 9 and ride to 8, that way seems better. Can take the side trails on the way there instead of double track, but they are not nearly as good as 9 to 8. Head R out of 8 and make your way to trail head 5. 5-17-4-5 loop is very fun!! Bobsledding through trees! Should do that 2 or 3 times. If you still have energy, continue to explore. I am debating taking matters into my own hands and marking trail better. Overall, fun, but challenging and needs a definitive trail

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  • mtn417
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    I agree, wish this trail was better marked. When you arrive, cross beaver dam rd south and hop on out and back there down to culvers, some steep climbs and great descents, if you get to know the trail and really scoot. Stay left at hepburn woods and again when trail intersects again. Then head back north of beaver dam road after done that out and back. Take double track to trail head 9 and ride to 8, that way seems better. Can take the side trails on the way there instead of double track, but they are not nearly as good as 9 to 8. Head R out of 8 and make your way to trail head 5. 5-17-4-5 loop is very fun!! Bobsledding through trees! Should do that 2 or 3 times. If you still have energy, continue to explore. I am debating taking matters into my own hands and marking trail better. Overall, fun, but challenging and needs a definitive trail

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  • Chris Chambers   ✓ supporter
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    The trail head for this is off of Beaver Dam Rd. I only rode 1 mile and found the trail is not that well marked. It had some long uphill climbs, roots, rocks and some nice downhill. I will go back and explore more, wish the marking were better.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter
    *****

    Five stars may be grading on a curve, but There's a TON of cool trail out there. Something about what glaciers left behind, makes this awesome terrain, with steep hills, adn deep valleys all together. The amount of ups and downs in a tight space here is unbelievable. After a little wandering I was able to find my way about fairly well. There are maps posted about, and trail markers. A few of the trails on posted maps may have been reclaimed and there may be some extras that aren't there. There's clearly some one taking care here, although some of the plant life has gotten ahead of them, Sounds like it needs more riders. My particular favorite was the section descending from post #4. It's a flowy decent with several switch backs and a steep climb, finishing back at the Ice Age. This gem is clearly worth a drive from anywhere in western WI. Y'all come!

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