July 10, 2018
I rode 'most' of the trails in this system over two days. I found the trails I rode were really well done, and fun. The downhills were on point (with berms and nice flow), but the uphills felt sluggish and didn't ride as well as some of the uphills I've seen designed of late. I've ridden trails where the uphill grind seems minimized by well thought out pumps, or by switchbacks, but these trails left me feeling like I was often hitting an uphill that put me out of rhythm (not sure if that makes sense). Overall, I really liked these trails and will be back. The downhills and flow definitely outweigh the slightly off uphills. These trails are a gem.
My only "major" critique is the trail markings. The trail designers put a lot of effort into marking the trails (and there are a LOT of markings and maps). Problem is these maps are small (hard to read for those with eyes over 40), and the colors of some trails are similar to others. The maps were useless to me, and I just relied on the larger colored arrows placed everywhere. I ran into an issue when I was looking for the Green "Expert" trail, when I was directed to a "Beginner" trail using a different shade of green arrow. This long beginner trail was hell... long uncut grass through a boggy sluggish never-ending hill, brimming with mosquito death squads... (honest folks, I'm not one to get lost on MTB trails). Had I written the review immediately after that portion of my ride, this trail would have gotten 2/5. Luckily the trail system redeemed itself by me continuing my ride on a few other loops of the system.
In short, this is the best trail I've ridden in far northern WI (in the last 5 years), but I'd suggest the trail owners add trail difficulty markers to the colored arrows.