ElevationAscent: 2,616' 797 m
Descent: -2,614' -797 m
High: 1,078' 329 m
Low: 872' 266 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“The Kettle offers voluminous and awesome singletrack to test your mettle.”— Lost Justpastnowhere
The route features its share of rocks, roots, steep climbs, fast descents, switchbacks, and the occasional sandy section through forest, meadow, and fields. You may even find the kitchen sink in Hell's Kitchen. And if you stop for more than a few seconds, the mosquitoes will urge you on.
After a couple miles of this, the Blue Loop enters some flatter, sandy sections (Sandy Bottom and The Beach) as you pass by a couple of kettle lakes. After the Beach, you enter the Recovery Zone with some easy riding through a perfectly planted grid of pine trees. Next up is Hell's Kitchen, which might be the most difficult segment on the loop. Hell's Kitchen features a higher density of rocks and roots along a short but steep climb, including some tight switchbacks.
At the top of Hell's Kitchen, you'll reach the Cross Roads and you should head towards the Connector - North trail. This is a roughly five-mile trail that passes through varied terrain (fields, meadows, forests) on a mostly singletrack that. The tread varies from packed loamy soil to sandy soil to rocks with some more difficult sections. The two connector trails merge at all road intersections, with the northbound trail always keeping to the right.
You'll find an overlook at the north end of the Connector - North trail where it meets the Green Loop (as well as the Connector - South). The overlook features a partially obscured view of Spring Lake and the city of Palmryra. The Green Loop (Emma Carlin) is the longest and most technical of the Emma Carlin trail system. The Green Loop is a little rockier and features more rocks and tight singletrack. There's a steep descent and equally steep ascent to the parking area at the far end of the Green Loop.
Eventually, you'll return to the overlook to hook up with the Connector - South to get back to the John Muir Trail System. The Connector - South has a similar character to the Connector - North with a mix of terrain and trail surfaces.
This takes you back to the Cross Roads where you'll complete the rest of the Blue Loop.
The loop is easy enough to be accessible to intermediates who are hungering for a longer ride, and advanced riders will enjoy the great flow (and potentially) great speed of the uninterrupted singletrack sections.
This trail system is very well-marked and obviously receives a lot of love from the local trail gnomes. After the ride, there's a cool little General Store which comprises the entire metropolis of LaGrange at the intersection of US12 and County Highway H. The General Store has great sandwiches, excellent post-ride beverage selection, and a full-service bike shop including rentals.
The John Muir and Emma Carlin trail systems are both in the Southern Unit of the forest. Mountain biking trails have also recently been opened in the Northern Unit of the forest 50 miles to the north near Fond du Lac.