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Nicolet Roche

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19.3 mile 31.0 kilometer loop
90% Singletrack
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Elevation

Ascent: 791' 241 m
Descent: -794' -242 m
High: 1,337' 407 m
Low: 1,156' 352 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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A remote out-and-back singletrack romp through varied terrain deep in the Nicolet National Forest.

Chris Iles

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Family Friendly Boulder Lake Trailhead located near the family friendly Boulder Lake Campground of the Nicolet-Chequamegon National Forest.

Overview

Varied singletrack located in the Nicolet National Forest. Long sections of intermediate singletrack punctuated by rock gardens, short but intense climbs and advanced technical features that make excellent use of the natural terrain and car-sized boulders.

Description

Park at the trailhead near Boulder Lake Campground. This 20-mile adventure warms up with some intermediate two-way singletrack through quintessential northern Wisconsin wilderness, passing between deciduous and coniferous forests and through prairies.

The trail splits into one-way singletrack after you've ridden Big Daddy, Cinderella and Drama Queen. Shortly after entering the one-way section, you'll encounter some advanced technical features that make excellent use of the car-sized boulders that dot the landscape. After that, it's a ridgeline ride through some deep woods.

You'll emerge from the singletrack onto an old forest road (Old Grave Road), which features a primitive campsite located next to the Oconto river. Burn through the forest road to get to the next singletrack section, Bear.

Following that, you'll ride a heavily-wooded section called Scout, which was apparently built by a boy scout. Scout brings you to highway 64. Across the highway, there's a section of singletrack that is moderately technical, making use of the naturally rocky terrain as you wind your way through the forest to the end of the trail at Eickhoff road.

Turn around and head back from whence you came. On the way back, you'll arrive at another one-way section which follows another heavily wooded ridgeline. You'll climb Bee Sting Hill and ride through the Gravity Cavity. This section features some quick descents followed by short, punchy climbs before spitting you out onto the two-way singletrack back to the trailhead.

Despite the fact that this trail is quite remote, it is extremely well-marked and impressively maintained (at the time of this writing). Definitely worth the trip deep into da Nort Voods.

History & Background

This trail system is maintained the Langlade Area Mountain Bike Association (LAMBA). LAMBA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2009 that organizes cycling activities and manages a network of mountain bike trails in the Langlade area. LAMBA in conjunction with the Wolfman Triathlon, work together on Nicolet Roche trail maintenance, development of future trail projects as well as events in Eastern Langlade/Western Oconto Counties and Town of Wolf River. Our goal is to create premium trail systems that will encourage people of all ages to become physically active in the outdoors through the sport of mountain biking.

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Oct 9, 2019
Chuck Hutchens
Awesome set of trails on some really unique terrain. Great use of natural features like large boulders to create fun trails to play on! 9.1mi — 2h 03m
Jul 24, 2019
Dustin Mitchell
Trails was fun... recent storm has 10+ trees down across trails but all were easy to get over/around. lots of small debris on trail like sticks, l… 10mi
Jul 9, 2019
Bryan Hitch
Pretty clear except for a long section at the North end that is quite overgrown.
Jul 2, 2019
Cole Peckham
8.2mi — 1h 35m
Nov 28, 2018
Tristan Klein
Laid first tracks in the snow with my fat bike. Glad I made the detour to hit this up on the way home 12mi
Jun 24, 2018
Katie Hagen
First time here! Super fun trail. Loved the giant rock ride overs! 8mi
Jun 15, 2018
Kyle Brady
took a first timer out, had a good time 5mi
May 25, 2018
William Calkins
Awesome ride! I would love to come back. 18mi

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Pine forest reminiscent of the bamboo forest scene in House of Flying Daggers.
Oct 8, 2015 near Keshena, WI
Rock-laden ridgeline deep in the woods, which is characteristic of the return loop.
Oct 8, 2015 near Keshena, WI
Short descents followed by short, punchy climbs throughout this section.
Oct 8, 2015 near Keshena, WI
One of the smaller boulders that define the technical features of this trail.
Oct 8, 2015 near Keshena, WI
Singletrack through the forest.
Oct 8, 2015 near Keshena, WI
Best vantage point to view the surrounding topography.
Oct 8, 2015 near Keshena, WI

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