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Green Loop (John Muir)

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The Green Loop prunes some of the more difficult parts of the John Muir system to make a shorter intermediate loop.


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Map Key

7.8

Miles

12.5

KM

Singletrack

1,044' 318 m

High

873' 266 m

Low

635' 193 m

Up

632' 193 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

One Way Only: This is designated as a directional trail.

Need to Know

You'll need both a state trails pass ($5 daily/$25 annual) and a state park parking sticker ($8/$11 resident/nonresident daily $11/$30 annual).

Description

The Green Loop features the same flowy singletrack as the rest of the John Muir system but shaves some mileage and difficulty compared to the all-inclusive Blue Loop.

The Bog section features some of the great flowy, rooty forest singletrack characteristics of the John Muir trails, but you'll bypass the longer Squirrel Run section. Next, you can air it out on the Roller Coaster section before you reach a couple of small kettle lakes.

After Roller Coaster, you enter Sandy Bottom. This section of the trail is easier except for the presence of some loose, sandy sections. Next, you pass through the beautiful Kissing Meadow and then another sandy section called The Beach.

Following The Beach, the trail twists through a grove of pine trees planted in a perfect grid pattern called the Recovery Zone. You'll want to recover because the most difficult part of the trail, Hell's Kitchen, is coming up. This features its share of rock and root obstacles along with some short, tough climbs and a couple of switchbacks - all the ingredients for a great MTB ride.

Once you reach the Cross Roads intersection where the Blue Loop breaks off towards the Connector - North trail, the most difficult riding is over. You've got about two miles of easy, twisting singletrack back to the parking lot.

You'll want to take some time to explore the other great trails in Kettle Moraine as well.

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Photos

Picture from the Blue Loop
Sep 14, 2018 near Palmyra, WI
A shot of the Blue Trail at the John Muir Mountain Bike Park.
May 7, 2016 near Palmyra, WI

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Aug 22, 2020
Noah David
Jul 24, 2020
Thomas Mohacsi
Amazing trails! Phenomenal condition 18.6mi — 2h 10m
Jun 27, 2020
Brad King
Jun 27, 2020
zac halden
Did the Rainy Dew loop. Nice, quick ride. Great conditions. 6.5mi
Jun 17, 2020
Ben Lundy
May 31, 2020
Scott Odefey
With kids 7.5mi — 1h 50m
Apr 7, 2020
Ben Lundy
1h 22m
Jul 17, 2018
Todd Wells
11mi