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Orange Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.4 (5)

The orange loop covers all but the most difficult sections of the Emma Carlin trails at Kettle Moraine State Forest.


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5.0

Miles

8.0

KM

Singletrack

1,052' 321 m

High

871' 266 m

Low

346' 105 m

Up

345' 105 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

36%

Max Grade (20°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Bikers travel counter-clockwise while pedestrians travel clockwise.

Description

You'll first pass in an out of a wide meadow before entering the forest to begin the short climb to the overlook at the far end of the loop. Here there is a bench with a partially obscured overlook of Spring Lake and Palmyra and you can connect with the Connector - South to access the John Muir trails to the south.

There are some tight turns and short, steep climbs in the forest with numerous rocky sections and some roots. Around the 4 mile mark, you'll take a left at the well marked intersection where the Green Loop diverges. From here you've got a difficult half mile climb over a ridge before a well earned quick descent back to the parking lot.

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MTB Project Staff with improvements by Lost Justpastnowhere

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  3.4 from 5 votes

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#361

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Scenic overlook at the intersection of the connecting trail to John Muir Loops.
Sep 14, 2017 near Palmyra, WI

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Nov 9, 2020
Josh Bower
5.3mi — 0h 57m
Oct 8, 2018
M C
Apr 30, 2018
JC Hiles
7.1mi — 1h 45m
Sep 27, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
Front@24.5,rear@28.5. Loose day. May want to drop .5 in front. 5mi
Sep 25, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
Introduced Lisa to this trail today. A lot of nuts on the trail. Great day to be out. 5mi
Sep 14, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
Really dry and loose in the corners. 5mi
Sep 2, 2017
Jan van den Handel II
Leigh and I did one lap of brown, had lunch, did an orange lap, took a short brake and did one more lap of brown. Great day with Leigh. 5mi — 0h 48m
Jun 25, 2017
lenny delvecchio