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2.7 mile 4.3 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 560' 171 m
Descent: -54' -16 m
High: 1,249' 381 m
Low: 743' 226 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)


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A multi-use trail that serves as a route up and down from the top of the bluffs in La Crosse.

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Family Friendly A nice, well-groomed wide trail, designed to have a consistent 5% grade, well maintained and well marked. Might be difficult for younger children.

Will become uphill only in the future, watch out for hikers and runners.


This trail can be accessed from the Hixon Forest parking lot in La Crosse. With varied singletrack and sections that are doubletrack, the entire trail is Bobcat bench cut. There are some steep sections, but overall the trail mixes in some downhill segments nicely as you climb for a break. It is mostly hardpacked with a few rocky sections and one sandy corner. The trail has a 5% average grade but is still a killer climb. There are also several offshoots that look like trails, but the only officially marked one is at the top and is a difficult trail that connects into Vista Trail by the overlook.

Once you reach the top of the trail you can turn right on Rim of the City Rd and then right on County Hwy FA which you can follow for about 5 minutes to the Human Powered Trails trailhead( HPT locals loop) to make it a longer ride. Fun, flowy trail on the way down, easy to pick up a lot of speed. Make sure to stop at one of the overlooks for a break and take in some of the beautiful views this route offers.

The trail is currently uphill and downhill for bikes, but once the new TNT/downhill trail is built the trail will be uphill only for bikes. It is common to run into hikers or runners, just remember to yield to them and slow it down as you pass.

Overall, a beautiful trail with some great views, and a blast to ride.


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Great trail lots of different stuff. Great way to get to the upper hixon trails and pump track Sep 15, 2017
Rusty Weiss
Kasota, MN
Rusty Weiss   Kasota, MN
I road the Vista Trail in late October of 2018. It's a GREAT ride with a lot of variety. Traction was very good throughout. The views are very rewarding. I was there on a Sunday afternoon and there was a lot of dog, hiker and bike traffic. Nov 26, 2018

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