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Level: Intermediate
Length: 1.9 mi (3.1 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +328/ -230 ft
Total: 27 riders

Mountain Biking Rotary Vista

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#62 of 388 mountain bike trails in Wisconsin
#2,518 in the world

Updated status, 7/14/14, by Bubblehead10MM:
The trail formerly known as TNT has been rerouted, into a more sustainable, ridable trail. Most of it is Bobcat bench cut, with very steep parts, and flowy stretches. Uphill only for bikes, on a nice day will meet walkers coming down. This is still a killer climb!

First added by Greg Heil on May 11, 2009. Last updated Apr 28, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: yes
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From downtown La Crosse, 1. Head east on Main St toward 15th St N 0.8 mi 2. Turn left at Losey Blvd N 0.5 mi 3. Continue straight onto State Rd 16/WI-16 0.4 mi 4. Turn right at Bluff Pass 233 ft 5. Turn right at Milson Ct 0.2 mi 6. Continue on Quarry Rd Destination will be on the left 0.9 mi
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Q: Address of trailhead
A: 2600 Old Quarry Rd, La Crosse, WI 54601

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  • buzzad

    Bomb Vista downhill and you will be a happy person. On a weekend you'll have to severely check your speed due to hikers and other riders, and you won't be a happy person--unless you wake up early when only a few light birders, who you can take out with your cow-catcher like front wheel, will be present. Take Bicentennial to get back up top in order not to be annoying to the mountain bikers who are trying to become happy by whooping it up at speed on the way down. Bicentennial is a quicker, more direct way back up, though its black diamond section is steep with uneven surface. I vote ten times that they disallow uphill biking on this trail; if it were possible I'd cut out the hikers as well. This is the best downhill trail in the region; it is made for people that love going fast; perhaps it takes being able to do it during low traffic, as I did, to recognize that.

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  • Brendan Hobart

    Nothing special here, except that it allows you to park at lower Hixon and ride up to HPT. Also a good leg burner as long as you don't granny the whole way up

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  • ablack84

    The rerouted TNT trail, now called "Rotary Vista", is a longer, smoother, gradual climb. It's still a leg burner. I recommend you take a right at the intersection towards the top and check out the amazing overlook of La Crosse! Heavily used trail on the weekend. Yes, it is uphill only... I did not see any signs saying so, yet... I did read they are looking to eventually have a downhill section for mountain bikes. The only other way down is to take the road. I recommend it. It's a fun little climb!

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    The trail formerly known as TNT is reopened under name of Rotary Vista. This is totally rerouted, and most of tnt reclaimed. Vista is wide, untechnical not counting some Steeps, climbing 500 ft in 2.5 miles. Super cool way to get up to HPT. Not realy fun, more of a thing to acomplish. There's a great vista if you take a R where the trail hits a T with a single track part.

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  • Bubblehead10MM   ✓ supporter

    As of today signs at TH say closed for construction, loose rocks, reopen Aug 2013. We'll see.

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  • ablack84

    One heck of a up hill climb with big roots and rocks. I would recommend going on a crappy day when it isn't so busy otherwise you end up running into people walking dogs and taking up the whole trail. Going down it is completely worth the climb!!

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  • basshunter

    The climb- a typical quarry road for the area, but not overgrown or vegetated. Very painful, and it really makes you consider driving to the top. Rest up by riding HPT (hah) and then blast downhill. big brakes and big suspension would be preferred, because the big rocks you fought on the way up will launch you on the way down. the worst part- I want to return to give it another try before they close it down.
    works great if you want to train on a big hill

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  • Greg Heil   ✓ supporter

    This is a steep hill that is super rocky and technical. It's either an arduous climb or a riotous descent--or both.

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  • Jared13   ✓ supporter

    Climb, climb, and climb some more. Deep ruts, large limestone rocks, huge roots. The climb was around 1 mile according to my bike's computer but it's a STEEP 1 mile. I highly recommend hitting HTP when you get to the top, or turn around and go to the right about half way down and hit the Bluff Trails.

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