High Cliff Loop
ElevationAscent: 177' 54 m
Descent: -177' -54 m
High: 997' 304 m
Low: 938' 286 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)
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“A great introduction to all that mountain biking has to offer!”— Todd Richardson
Family Friendly Easy, wide, and offers a lot of different terrain to keep the kids interested. Some of the grassy open areas might be a greater challenge but the woods are great.
Past the statue of Chief Red Bird starts a rocky passage with a couple of steep dives and a large limestone flat. Stay left through the flats to avoid a natural staircase that will ground inexperienced riders. A couple of steep rocky climbs lead to another great lookout over Lake Winnebago. The Red Bird Trail then meanders for a couple of miles through the woods to an Access Trail and the southern loops. These are marked for navigating in a clockwise direction.
This ride completes the Overlook Trail but only half of the Woodland Trail and Open Field Trail. There is no way to hit all the loops without overlap. The ride follows the South Trail System Access connector from the southern loops back to the northern parking lots. The connecting trail is mostly doubletrack and grassy.
There are unmarked areas throughout the park where more experienced riders can find some classic singletrack with large roots and rocks. Be aware of the cliff edge though as the name High Cliff didn't come out of nowhere. Grab a park map and note which marked trails are available to bikes and which aren't.
*For an added challenge, park by the beach at the bottom of the escarpment and bike up along the road. "The Hill" is a daunting climb but riding it back down is a great exclamation point on the completed ride before grabbing some brews at the beach.
Land Manager: WI DNR - High Cliff State Park