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Outer Limits

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The Outer Limits rips around the park and provides the XC rider with some good technical climbs and tight corners.

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942' 287 m


918' 280 m


37' 11 m


37' 11 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (4°)

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Features Drops/Jumps · Pump Track

Family Friendly Outer Limits is an XC loop that is rocky and rooty with some technical climbing and small drops. From the loop, jumps and pumps are easily added. The pump track is a family favorite.


This loop is the only XC riding this small park offers, although many small deviations are possible. The loop is rocky, rooty and tree-lined. A rider can make the most of a drop or ride around it and deviate to take in a table top or a whoops or two.

In addition, there's a pump track on the east side and near the west end there's a jump track. What makes this loop rock are the number of small technical features a rider must master to get a consistent flow. In addition, there are any number of small deviations one can make to keep it interesting.

Need to Know

Be kind to the trail runners, hikers, dog walkers and other users of the park. We encourage shared use so slow down or stop when you encounter others. Even better, share a few kind words and smile. It's a wonderful thing to be outdoors enjoying a ride or a hike.


Outer Limits can be started at the east or west end of the park. Starting at the east end, before the entrance to the pump track, head up the hill to a ledge that overlooks the pump track and glide down. Take the left fork and follow the rocky trail as it rises and falls along the north edge of the park. The trail will wind upward over prominent roots and drop down toward the interior of the park -- be mindful here and take the switchback turn up a short climb to stay on Outer Limits.

At the top, there a number of trails but once again if you keep right toward the outer edge of the park, you won't go wrong. Explore the alternatives here on subsequent laps, they all lead to the central path near the west entrance to the park. From the central path find the west-most marked trail and follow that over a steep hump. Immediately after the hump go right (straight ahead is a very steep hill). Keep right at the first fork or not, these two paths meet up again shortly.

The right fork takes a sweeping turn to the left where a side trail on the right leads directly out of the park. The sweeping turn leads up hill with a couple of small technical challenges. Stay focused on the trail ahead and the climb, trails going off to the right in this section lead out of the park. There's a small drop and a final bit of climbing before you reach an intersection -- optionally make a hairpin here to do a big whoops and table top jump.

To stay on Outer Limits, make a soft right turn here (basically straight) and follow the trail back to the east side of the park. At this point, trails heading off to the right lead out of the park and trails heading off to the left lead to whoops-jumps. The trail will turn gently to the left -- drop your saddle, pump the small hump and fly off the drop after calling out or ringing your bell to alter any pedestrians below. You can also just ride around it.

The trail crosses a pedestrian entrance and heads into a twisty technical section -- keep left to snake through the final section of trail leading back to where you started.

History & Background

This park was a quarry and several homes in the area will built with this rock. The quarry office was a home for a family for many years. They lived there without electricity or running water.


Shared By:

Joey King

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Dirt pump track. This is where the Outer Loop begins.
Mar 3, 2023 near Shorewo…, WI
Despite being in the city of Madison, you can feel like you're away from it all at Quarry Park.
Mar 1, 2023 near Shorewo…, WI
A rare bit of flat ground on the Outer Limits Route at Quarry Park.
Mar 1, 2023 near Shorewo…, WI
One one of many short sharp climbs at Quarry Park.
Mar 3, 2023 near Shorewo…, WI



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