Blue Mounds State Park - Trail, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

Blue Mounds State Park - Trail, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

There is quite a bit of double track but there is some single track that just opened up. There is a 2 mile bigginer section and a 2.5 mile itermediate section.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 23, 2011]
mountaingoat11
Cross Country Rider

This trail system is awesome. If you're looking for a challenging trail close to Madison you MUST check it out. 90% of the trail is rocks, rocks, and more rocks. Did I mention rocks? There are long rocks, sharp rocks, and big rocks. this trail can keep an expert rider busy all day.
This trail is not for the feint of heart. There are many sections that are very dangerous. If you have never ridden this type of terrain take your time and do not ride on a wet day.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 30, 2009]
wakerider142
Cross Country Rider

The first section of the trail starting at the pool is pretty nice. it's got small hills and quick singletracks. as soon as you get to the overlode trail, you hit some serious hills and switchbacks that wind through pretty cool ravines. the "chert dip", "willow spring trail" and "holy schist trail" are labeled "advanced to expert" and they are labeled that for a reason. I like to think I am a pretty decent technical rider but those rocks, roots, logs and boulders had me walking every 50 feet or so. some of the uphill climbs were next to impossible with loose rock, gravel and slippery roots sticking out. the other reviews are not up to date because i rode over 15 miles of trail today and did not have to overlap ever. i know they are in the process of adding more trail so that might be why. great trails if you can handle the crazy stuff on the north side of the park.

Customer Service

it's all pretty good trail riding

Similar Products Used:

Anything near Madison

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 28, 2009]
Paul
Weekend Warrior

Yo! Please change the top description! It's wrong in so many ways!
This place has tons of single track, all on challenging rocky terrain. I am yet to ride all of the single track in a single day, but hope to be in good enough shape to be able to by the end of the season. This place is world class, and madcitydirt.org knows what's up. Check them out.

Customer Service

Take the Overlode loop for a fast flowy ride that traverses a valley. Lots of downhills and climbs. Watch for rocks when you're bombing down the hills. For a long, rocky ride, take the Holy Schist trail. The most challenging terrain Blue Mounds has to offer, so keep telling yourself to lean back, lest you endo over one of those sneaky rocks. Also keep your eyes peeled for features on the sides of the trail. There are rock formations and log rides to be found and shredded.

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go to madcitydirt.org

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 28, 2008]
bitflogger
Cross Country Rider

The current "2 mile bigginer section and a 2.5 mile itermediate section" description here is not only wrong in terms of spelling, but no way accurate as far as describing the trails. Our standard ride making a loops of all the upper park, Pleasure Valley to the east and the new out and back Pokerville area is about a 16 mile ride.

BMSP is unlike most riding in the state where you have a lot of vertical feet, stream crossings and near constant "technical" riding. The Over Lode trail in Pleasure Valley is fast compared to the rest of the trail network.

New work is almost constant and the area trail workers use www.madcitydirt.org as a source of info and getting help.

This is the gem - the sort of riding you have to know how to do to ride in real mountains, camping, and swimming minutes from Madison. Hill & gully riding with stream crossings, rocks, and logs.

Note: This trail network can be a nasty hurt yourself place when wet and for much of the early season riding, so make sure you register at www.madcitydirt.org to know if it's ready to ride and know what you can do to support the trail work in the area.

Customer Service

I suggest riding counter clockwise loops starting at the swimming pool parking lot.

If the first loop is a bit much for you in terms of rocks and roots know it only gets more (you decide if that = better or worse). Over Lode (Pleasure Valley, across road and east side of park) does not have the roots and rocks but you will be riding in, down, around and up (out) of a former ski area.

"Recommended Route" also has to mean stay away when wet and know that this place can hurt you unlike most trails in the area - something some love and others not.

Similar Products Used:

Cam-Rock, Quarry Ridge, Quarry Park.... Again, www.madcitydirt.org is where you get info for the area. Registering, joining the events and the crews is where it's at to know the good riding that includes trails that can't be discussed in public.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 27, 2008]
Thos
Weekend Warrior

I haven't actually ridden this trail yet. I was curious how easy are the "easy" trails. I'm an experienced mountain biker but would like to take an inexperienced companion to try a new trail...

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I would recommend the John Muir, Emma Carlin trails in the Kettle Moraine Southern unit.

The Connector trail is crazy fun!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 04, 2007]
shooty babitt
Cross Country Rider

Rode this for the first time yesterday. I've ridden a lot around the state, mostly central and north. I think this is the toughest ride I've hit in the state. I came off my bike a number of times on the climb and even a few times on the downhill. I drove 2.5 hours to get there and it was worth the trip. I just wish I lived closer so I could master some of the more technical stuff. I'll definitely driving down a couple of times a year to get my ass kicked.

Customer Service

See the route recommended by madisonbiker below. Then when you're done with all that, head back down Gneiss and Smooth and cut across the paved round when you see the sign for the new Over Lode trail. This one switches back up and down some really deep ravines for what felt like about 500 miles. If you've got any energy left to work on some of the technical parts, go have fun. You're a braver man than I.

Similar Products Used:

Standing Rocks (east of Stevens Point)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 08, 2006]
scottg07
Weekend Warrior

trails are great, lot of fun, lot of options with the trails, pretty well marked though got on a walking path once somehow... thought i was in good shape but these trails proved me wrong!

Customer Service

ride them all

Similar Products Used:

camrock

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Feb 24, 2006]
madtownfreerider
Downhiller

best single track in the lower part of the state. I ride a Big-hit freeride bike and i am still able to keep up with some of XC guys so its not that bad. there are a few places that i have to get off and hike a bike but its not to bad even for us dh/freeriders looking for a work out.

Customer Service

hed to the trails up on the hill behind the swiming pool, if looking for more of the freeride/dh part of the trail. or if you want more Xc go to trail head and ride the whole thing till you drop, and trust me you will if you dont bring water. its a must.

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right now I cant tell untill it is more finalized as far as if we can ues the land or not

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 19, 2005]
fanghasyou
Cross Country Rider

This trail continues to impress, alot of new stuff have gone up in the last few years. Best trail in the area by far. It has some easy flowy sections and also some very technical sections for the skilled. Alot of big rocks to roll on to and some drops. Definitely not a good place to first learn how to mountain bike. But this place will definitely develop your skills such as balance and using your body for momentum. Trail is very well maintained and continues to grow.

Similar Products Used:

Cam-rock, kettles

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 21, 2004]
mtbhills
Cross Country Rider

After not being out to Blue Mounds since doing trail work in spring, I finally had a chance to ride all the new singletrack. I read two reviews below. One from my friend Garett, the other from Ozy. I have to agree with Garett. There is no comparable trail in the southern half of the state. This is technically challenging, but it's also about strength and balance. If you can trackstand, torque, and be cool when choosing your line, you will enjoy it. I have to admit, this trail scared me a little too. But I took my trusty black behemoth to it and just plowed over the rocks. Falls? Yes. Nasty uncertain pauses due to unfamiliar trail? yes. But overall, a very cool trail that had me sweating when I finished out of Holy Schist. My regards to Corba members who made this trail a reality. And to Karl Heil for being a standup guy with a real concern for making the park such a great resource for all of us 'silent sports' types. I'm giving it just a 4 for technical because I've ridden some stuff down in Austin that is several degrees more difficult. Still, if you can ride this without dabbing, you are doing great.

Customer Service

Give yourself time and do it all. Go back and try a faster pace on stuff that kicks your butt the first time. Don't be tentative, just go for it!

Similar Products Used:

Whatever you can get to. It's all great. From the kettles to Governor Dodge.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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