Over Lode Loop (short)

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  5.0 from 1 vote
blue  Intermediate from 1 vote
Rank: #1 in the Blue Mound State Park area
#6 in WI, #656 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Barneveld,
“This ride features Over Lode and the short Mound Loop for a good mix of intermediate singletrack.”
Gary Schweisthal on Oct 21, 2013
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6.310.1 milesKilometers 725’221 m Ascent 1,525’465 m High 4% Avg Grade (3°)
100% Singletrack -719’-219 m Descent 1,168’356 m Low 19% Max Grade (11°)
Overview
This is probably the most commonly ridden loop that includes Over Lode and the majority of the Mound Loop (short).
Description
The Over Lode portion is fast, flowy, and less technical but also has some steep climbs that can wear you out for the Mound Loop (short) that follows.

Starting out on Gneiss & Smooth, you get a nice warmup for Over Lode. Take a right at the first gravel crossing, cross the road on the ski trail, then a left at the fork. You'll fly down the ski hill a little ways until you see another turn to the left. Slow down, stay right, and Over Lode begins on the left.

Over Lode contains several ravine crossings, and not surprisingly, an equal number of challenging, steep, but relatively short climbs. There is also quite a bit of sustained descent that follows the contours of the terrain and allows you to go as fast as your wits will let you. After a few rides you get a sense where you can really open the throttle, or rather, let off the brakes.

After two road crossings you join back up with Gneiss & Smooth by hanging a right. Continue onward into Chert Dip, Serpentine Climb, and if you've had enough, Basalty Bail will bring you back to the trailhead. Otherwise you can continue onto Holy Schist which will put you onto the Mound Loop (long).
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OTHER RIDES NEAR HERE
5.0 (1)
The short Mound Loop omits Holy Schist and Home Stretch but adds Basalty Bail.
near Barneveld, WI
4.6 (5)
The long Mound Loop contains some of the most technical singletrack that Wisc...
near Barneveld, WI
4.0 (3)
Not for the faint of heart or body, this loop will challenge even the more ex...
near Barneveld, WI

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PHOTOS of Over Lode Loop (short)
  3.7 from 3 votes
Challenging double rock feature on Chert Dip (Barneveld, WI)