Cam-Rock Park Area 3

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“Fairly short but fun singletrack. Some areas of technical riding.”
Nate Castner on Apr 28, 2013
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5.38.5 milesKilometers 528’161 m Ascent 943’288 m High 4% Avg Grade (2°)
100% Singletrack -530’-162 m Descent 825’251 m Low 12% Max Grade (7°)
None. Open year-around.
1:39 average time for 12.0 miles. Details

This route is intermediate. There are some short areas of technical riding that can be found along this trail.
Need To Know
Dane County Trail pass required. $16 annual, $5 daily. Can be purchased at the park kiosks or online at:
This route can be found at CamRock Area 3 (note there are other areas that serve different routes). CamRock Park is located between Rockdale and Cambridge along the Koshkonong Creek. Some of the most technical singletrack in the area lives on CamRock 3s expert loop.

Start out of the parking lot with a fun downhill section. There are 3 options: Beer Run is the locals favorite for the tight, steep, berms. Flying will get you some quick jumps. And Gettin' Started is the easier, but still fun, way to get down. The next sections will take you through the meadows and prairies that CamRock is known for. At times of the year the prairie plants in bloom are simply amazing. They can tower over your head. You'll find some quick punchy climbs, and some berms on the downhills for added flavor. These trails are made to fly!

The Expert Woods has a couple of options. Stick to IMBA Influence and Veritas for the easier paths. Or hit Area 51 and The Outback for the fun of lots of log rides, bridges, berms, step-ups, and even a huge tree/log ride called Big Woody that is over four feet off the ground. That will keep your attention! But don't fret, all of the more technical features have ride-around options.

Back in the prairie there is more fun to be had. There is an easy option to skip Rip 'N Ride, but you'll notice that path is mostly overgrown with grass. That's because this section is too fun to skip. The local's never do. For the real fun let 'er Rip and Ride it out! It has air, step-downs, and berms through a big 'ol gully that is a blast. Or just take it a little slower and the technical level is down to intermediate riding and the fun is still there to be had.

Last on this route are the wooded sections of Turn It Up, StoneFly, Wood Chuck, Corkscrew, and Rattlesnake. These are all beautiful old-growth Oak forested areas, and the original sections of CamRock Trail. As such there is a lot of up and down here. The trail has been improved to make it sustainable, while keeping that "old school" feel to it. No rolling flow trail here. It also has the more technical sections of the trail. Mainly because these sections go through old rock quarries that leave a rocky and sometimes loose tread. This can be intimidating for more beginning riders.

Most of this route is intermediate. The trail is very well maintained.
History & Background
This area was dammed and cleared bare of trees in the 1800's for building the local Village of Rockdale. The Rockdale Mill Pond was drained in 1998 and the creek was free to flow for the first time since 1837. Take some time to view the beautiful old Oak trees, part of an Oak Savannah. Also stop and view the restored prairies and all of the beautiful flowers in the mid to late summer. Notice the rocky sections of trail where quarries were dug out to make bricks for local homes and businesses in the early to late 1800's, including the Rockdale Brick Company. The old brewery (now a home) on the south edge of Rockdale along B, is the perfect example of this brickwork. The brewery also used the Beer Cave for lagering their beer. Look for the cave, in dire need of restoration, along the Beer Cave trail.
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