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Mountain Bike Trail: Outer Loop

Intermediate
 4.6 (5)

Mix of wide/double/singletrack with some rocky/rooty sections and some short inclines.


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7.5

Miles

12.1

KM

Doubletrack

797' 243 m

High

682' 208 m

Low

345' 105 m

Up

330' 101 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Need to Know

This is a Wisconsin DNR State Park - vehicle fees are required at the lots and trail passes are required of riders over 16 years of age. Daily and annual passes available with lower rates for Wisconsin residents.

Description

This is a mountain bike trail that remains open during the non-winter/snow months at Peninsula since trail restrictions for skis only are imposed. The start here is from Lot 5 at the eastern entrance of the park, but one can also start at the western end as well as Lot 1. The trail for bikes is two way, since one-way indicators are for skiing, so this trail can also be ridden in the opposite direction.

Note: There's an additional leg in the southeastern quadrant that was avoided since it usually was/is more waterlogged than the route mapped here. If I remember correctly, the southern leg that heads south from the center might have been the roughest of the track (rocky inclines) - if indeed this is true and it's not for you, you could continue west and do that as an out-and-back.

Otherwise, it does smooth out as you reach the southwest end of the trails where things level and smooth out before you wind up on a bike-specific trail at the western end (where the Hemlock ski trail starts) and you'll see a bike trail sign pointing you to singletrack to the right. The singletrack finishes just past the junction with the paved path and then curves to the main track heading quickly to the center.

In this southwestern quadrant, there is a paved path that runs from the southeast to the northwest that you'll cross - an option if you want to just cut this leg short with some smooth riding. You'll also come across a connector that runs from south to north in this quadrant as well - but I do remember that being rocky and inclined after having ridden it twice during my mapping efforts.

Heading north from the center, there will be a descent (sign warns steep hill more for skiing), before you are soon introduced to another section of singletrack that diverges from the skiing trail. The singletrack wraps up when you begin to turn south back on the main trail to head to Lot 5.

As this trail remains open during non-winter seasons in all conditions, ride through the middle of any mud or water spots to avoid widening the trail. Otherwise walk or turn around.

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Shared By:

Elvin Chan

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End of our ride
Aug 2, 2020 near Marinette, WI

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May 13, 2021
Brandon Schopf
Sunset trail to MTB trails and back out. Conditions were good. 18mi — 2h 12m
Oct 17, 2020
Craig Sween
16.2mi — 1h 50m
Oct 8, 2020
Gregor Wilke
8.5mi — 1h 30m
Sep 11, 2020
Kristin Z
Fun ride around mostly grass roots some small spots of mud. Trail is signs not the best small incline up and down 8.1mi — 1h 12m
Jul 25, 2020
Shelly Roeglin
Birthday weekend enjoyed on this trail! Fun trail from dirt and mud to some gravel and small jumps.