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Hartman Creek State Park Loop

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9.4 Miles 15.2 Kilometers



488' 149 m


-489' -149 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (6°)

1,037' 316 m


938' 286 m


Shared By Ryan Peterson 1



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A great MTB tour of Hartman Creek State Park singletrack.

Ryan Peterson 1

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These trails are mostly flowy singletrack with a ton of curves, some obstacles on the black loop, and beatiful mature forest.


As shown, the ride turns left onto the green trail, left onto the blue, and then left again to follow Hartman Creek - black trail. Once through the black loop, turn left to follow the blue loop and left again to finish on the rest of the green loop.

The green loop is the easiest difficulty, rolling and flowy. There are smaller hills with low grades, and the trail is smooth with few roots which lets you carry a lot of speed, but this loop also has plenty of twisty turns to mix it up. The blue and black loops are accessible from the green and slightly more challenging, with longer hill climbs and faster downhill sections.

As of fall 2013, there are two technical man made features on the black loop, a double teeter totter and dragon's back. The "dragon's back" is shown in the pictures and best described as a roller coaster bridge. Both features have bypasses. There are also a number of log jumps on the blue and black loops.

The trails are well groomed by the state park personnel and there is decent signage. If you're here in the summer, pack your swim suits to hit up the beach when you're done with the ride. There are also nice shower facilities in the park to rise off.

DNR trail map available here:…

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Land Manager: Wisconsin State Parks

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Feb 23, 2019
Steve Edge
snow is soft very tough going 3mi
Aug 20, 2018
Michael Guiou
not a huge difference between the easy, more difficult, and very difficult sections. nothing particularly challenging. TONS of sand for trail maint… 11.6mi
Aug 18, 2018
Justin Knuth
Aug 10, 2018
Darrin Purcell loop is flowy and fast. biggest issue was the sandy patches. very good ride. 12mi
Jul 31, 2018
Wesley Behling
Jun 24, 2018
Scott Wagner
Fun start to mountain biking with the family. Saw lots of wildlife too. 12mi
Jun 21, 2018
Todd Richardson
Sep 8, 2017
Jim Hinze
Great loop tons of fun- trails in great shape

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This is a nice trail system, but even the advanced section is not especially technical. There are a couple of wooden features that are fun and easily avoided if you aren't up for it. I didn't like the trail surface - it's loose dirt that makes for some sandy corners. It does seem to dry quickly - I went 48 hours after a rain and it was fine. Two way trails, so watch out for other riders. Sep 27, 2015
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Very Fast Course! We have been twice and love it. Like Mike Fenster stated, its not very technical, but its a blast. Jul 20, 2016
This system is fast as other describe. What slows things down a bit are the continuous turns and sand. The trail surface is mostly loose sand and some loamy soil. You might find a few very short sections of hard pack. Even though there is a lot of surface sand, there are very few sections where it is deep. The sand is just enough to make you think twice about hammering around some of the corners at full speed. There is VERY LITTLE elevation change here. Most of the inclines are very short and none are very steep. As for the black trail being rated "black", I question the need to rate it anything more challenging than blue. While there are a few difficult, technical man made features, they all have bypasses. As for rock gardens, there is one very short, maybe 10 foot section, of medium box turtle-like rocks that are quite easy to navigate. There are a few log steps along the way but none requires more than a little momentum to climb over. The only spot that made me pause is a where the trail is "pinched" by a couple of large rocks where I wasn't sure if my pedals would fit through. They did fit, however, I would probably still come to a near stop to pass through. Bottom line...if you're an intermediate rider, even and "early" intermediate, don't let the black rating stop you. This is a great place for beginner to intermediate riders who aren't looking for a lot of ups and downs or more advance riders who just want a hammer kind of workout. Jun 28, 2018

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