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Minooka Park Loop

 28 votes

5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers


100%

Singletrack

359' 109 m

Ascent

-359' -109 m

Descent

1,094' 333 m

High

954' 291 m

Low

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

All Clear

82 days agoUpdate

A fun piece of urban singletrack that almost feels like it is in the country.

Jan van den Handel II

Overview

This ride makes a mid-length loop with entertaining up and downs, tight trees, and wide open sections. This loop will challenge newer riders while keeping skilled riders interested with variety and opportunities to let it fly.
Family Friendly: At a slower pace, sections of this ride are perfect for kids learning to mountain bike.

Need to Know

Some notes about the trail: The trail is for bikes only, but does cross walking and equestrian paths, so use proper trail etiquette. If you come across a horse, stop and speak in a calm voice so as not to startle the horse.

Description

From the trailhead at Parking Lot 5, take the singletrack. The Green Loop and Blue Loop start out together. The ride starts with a gentle climb that soon levels out. Continue through the twists and turns and you'll come to a split in the trail. The left fork takes you on the Blue Loop (intermediate loop) and the right fork takes you on the beginner Green Loop.

Next up is some nice singletrack through the woods. Trail construction is still going on, so you may find a slightly different route or some altered features. The Waukesha Bike Alliance volunteers continue to work adding more trail, fun berms, rollers, rock gardens, and other fun features to add some nice spice to the ride. You'll find some very tight trees to navigate through. There are also some tight climbing and descending turns. These can be fairly technical for a newer rider, but you never go too far without crossing a section of doubletrack or another bail-out if needed.

Once you meet back up with the Green Loop, you are not far from the meadow section. Here you can let the bike run! See how fast you can rail the corners and see just how much traction your tires have! Most of this section of the trail is smooth singletrack. At a slower pace, it is perfect for kids learning to mountain bike. Continue along the trail until you get to another fork. The left fork takes you back to the parking lot and the right fork takes you back to the trail for some more fun.

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Oct 8, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
Nice day, trail was dry and clear of debris. 5.1mi
Sep 30, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
Leigh,Lisa and I had plans to do two laps but Lisa crashed into a log on the decent after the uphill climb. road rash on elbow and right back bruised. 5.1mi — 1h 30m
Sep 24, 2017
Kelly Dennis
first ride on Minooka and with Judi. First recorded ride on this app. 3.2mi
Sep 18, 2017
Gavin G
Had a good time was a great work out and I need to work on the bus stop 20mi
Sep 14, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
What a great ride today 5.1mi — 0h 40m
Sep 8, 2017
Anthony Metz
4.3mi
Sep 4, 2017
Anthony Metz
4.3mi
Sep 4, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
Just me today, took some photos of the bus. 5.1mi — 0h 47m

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  4.7 from 28 votes

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All Clear 82 days ago
Fallen Trees - Just some leaves hiding some features and rocks. There was a fallen logo that was shot enough to make a jump.
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I've only just started mountain biking Spring of 2015. I'm a distance runner so the cardio is there. I don't clip in. I do enjoy extreme sports and will take reasonable risks based upon the likelihood of a critical outcome. I've always been able to control a bicycle at speed, but tight trees, rock piles, and roots have challenged what "speed" means to me. Minooka is more than "doable" for a "beginner" just be ready to suck wind hard on the climbs and don't descent faster than you can manage. Your body will send updates. I do just fine at Minooka and it's the best ultra-local place to challenge my focus, speed, cardiovascular limits, and improve my technical confidence. I also found success (and a little air time) at John Muir. So use this as a gauge for assessing beginner's risk. My personal best riding in all aspects have been at Minooka and Muir. As far as increased ability goes, I don't mind taking ramps, but I haven't cleared more than 5' of distance and a few feet of height. This is subject to change, but I won't be on the Red Bull team anytime soon. I'd say I'm a semi-formidable weekend warrior riding maybe once or twice a week when life permits. I just love to love mountain biking. Jul 10, 2015

 
did this ride for first time today. As a newbie I found it to be challanging. Only my second time doing this type of ride. Did Hoyt park area last week. Minooka has plenty of tight turns and you have to be aware whats coming up. I also do not have proper tires so I did alot of sliding. Banged into a few trees and tipped over a few times. Really a good work out. I'll be baaaack. Jul 23, 2015

 
Fun trail. Wish they would make a trail segment about 3 to 5 miles long that doesn't have rocks to climb over or place your wheel perfectly coming around a blind corner. I like the technical, but I also have a wife and daughter who don't. They really enjoy a simpler ride through the woods. One similar to the shortest trail at John Muir. Windy, through the trees, no real dangers to speak of. If they could add that on, it would be great for everybody! I do agree with an earlier post...it is doable by pretty much everyone so go and have fun! Jul 4, 2016

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