CAM-ROCK 3 - Trail, Cambridge, Wisconsin

CAM-ROCK 3 - Trail, Cambridge, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

A short (1.5 mile?) outer grassy cross country ski trail outer loop with two loops of short but excellent singletrack as well.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 22, 2013]
FishMan473
Cross Country Rider

The main description above must be pretty old, I clocked a loop out there riding 8.5 miles of trails, and I didn't even hit the 1.5 mi Creekside trail and the new beginner trails on the other side of the creek.

This is twisty fun, quintessential midwest singletrack. Some good climbs and descents mixed in too. Like most trails around here, technically difficulty will depend on how fast you go. Most intermediate riders will only have to walk a couple places where the terrain might surprise you, though there are some pretty challenging features on the technical loops, especially Cliff Edge... the name is no joke!

Customer Service

Traditionally we started rides at the Cam Rock 3 trail head. From here most people will find the 7.5 mile loop. There is a shelter, bathrooms and water here. But Most of us are now starting at Cam-Rock Sports. Its easier to find, repairs, parts supplies and a full cafe for your post ride meal/beer. And of course good information on the trails for those new to the area.

Anyway, from Cam-Rock Sport, head SW to the Cam-Rock Bike path, a wide, limestone path. About 200 ft down you will see the single track split off to the left. That's Creekside. Its pretty flat, but a good warm-up for the main trail loop. Creekside dumps back into the bike path twice so you can cross the creek at a bridge, its a left turn right after each bridge back onto the singletrack. After the second bridge you end up on the main loop of trails (you will see a bench here). It should be pretty easy to follow from there. Ride a lap or three around the 7.5-8.5 mile loop and return the way you came to 'cool down' on Creekside. Even a single loop, including the out-and-back on Creekside, will yield a 10+ mile ride on 95% single track.

Similar Products Used:

The Kettle Moraine has many more miles of trails, but is twice as far from Madison. If you like Emma Carlin, you will like Cam Rock.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jul 23, 2012]
Corinne
Weekend Warrior

Swoopy, twisty single track with log overs, skinnies, rock gardens, ladders and a long tree skinny in the first sections. Options for go-arounds and clearly labeled skill dependent paths. Then through a nice easy swooshy with occasional possibilities to catch some air meadow path. Then back into the woods with one scream of a section wish is fast and smooth (watch out at the end for the two trees between the camel humps). Then a nice meaty climb (short) and an option to go downhilling. Bring your big bike and some willingness to go fast. Or choose to go left and have another swoopy slight obstacle woods ride. The switch backs are all well planned, which makes the climbs easy and lets you enjoy the fun planned Gnarr to be enjoyed on the down.

Customer Service

All of it? Maybe do the downhill twice if you dare?

Similar Products Used:

John Muir with connector to Emma Carlin. If you go and find the added "obstacles" a challenge, head to skills park at John Muir. Or better yet get a season pass at Ray's indoor MTB park and practice all winter.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Apr 22, 2012]
shockrebuild
Cross Country Rider

Rode for my first time two days ago, I really like the tight twisty technical stuff,alot of nice plank work, keep up the good work guys. Thankyou

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 02, 2010]
paulwesterberg
Weekend Warrior

I started riding these trails about 10 years ago when there were only 2 small singletrack loops. Now they have 5x the amount of trails. Tight twisty sing-track with obstacles, jumps, etc. Most of the stuff is too technical for my wife, but lots of hard sections can be bypassed.

There is a grassy mowed loop at camrock2 that my wife likes.

Customer Service

Start at the camrock 3 parking lot, trails are well marked.

For less driving and more biking park on water st next to the river in Cambridge. Bike south on the rail trail next to the river 1mile to just past the 2nd bridge, and hop on the trail on the right.

Similar Products Used:

kettle morain south

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 07, 2010]
cambrown
Weekend Warrior

Rode this trail while visiting the area. It definitely puts a smile on your face in more than one location. Favorite features include the skinny's over ditches, Serpentine through the ravine, home-made jumps and log crossings scattered about, and the expert loop.

The expert loop has some descents that will put the pucker in your hind quarters, and one climb that is near impossible on a SS, but doable for He-man on the right bike.

I rode about 6.5 miles out there and enjoyed it all.

Difficulty rating of 3 excludes the expert loop. Expert loop is 4

Customer Service

Follow the signs, many trails are one-way. It's a bit of a maze, so just go explore.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
2
[May 22, 2010]
Bbbent
Weekend Warrior

No new review since '08? There's been a lot of maintenance at cam3, and it is a fantastic location. Ignore the description at the top of the page about it being a 1.5 mile loop. It's about 6 miles at cam3 now, but you can repeat sections to make it longer.

Read the review from theMayor1 below, it's accurate. Those guys do a great job.

My only complaint at cam is that it could us a little bit more signage in the back. You won't get lost, but it's not always clear which direction you should be going. I suppose I should volunteer on the next trail day instead of mildly complaining :)

Oh, and when the sign says "Expert only", it gets rocky and rooty and you should know what you're doing. Once you're in that loop there are only one or two places where you can break out if you're in over your head.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 01, 2009]
bmmullen
Weekend Warrior

FYI - there is new wooded singletrack (about 1 mile) on the north end of the park (Cam-Rock area IV)!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jun 25, 2008]
TheMayor1
Weekend Warrior

As the Trail Boss of Cam-Rock trails I thought I would update the reviews and information of Cam-Rock. The rub on Cam-Rock was always that it had some great trails, but it was just too short. Well that was then, this is now. As of this spring the single track mileage at Cam-Rock III has doubled to about 6 miles, and more is on the way.
From the first downhill you will see the changes. You no longer dump out onto doubletrack at the bottom, but take some sweet sigletrack across a prairie to the Rockdale Roundabout. From there you can continue on to the new Connector into the new Cam-Rock IV park, or double back to the old trails.
The Connector is a sweet open and flowing trail. Here you can carry a lot of speed and have a lot of fun (some nice kickers for air), or take it slower for the less experienced riders and keep the wheels on the ground.
The Expert Loop is more technical than ever, especially the Bobsled Run. This is a real test of the riders skill in bike handling and balance. And if you can ride the rocky trail up out of the ravine, you know you are on your game today.
The beginner Loop is still a sweet ride that is nice twisty hardpack through the woods, with a couple options for air if you are feeling spunky.
The final loop back to the parking lot is a nice combination of everything else at the park. Some tight off-camber turns, some nice banked corners, rocky dry streambed crossings, rocky rooty climbs, and finish it off with a ride through the prairie and return to the parlking lot.
Don't forget to stop at Heather's in Rockdale for some nourishment and a refreshing drink after the ride. She is a big supporter of CORP (www.MadCityDirt.org) the group responsible for these trails.

Customer Service

Ride it all! If you have your big boy pants on don't miss the Expert Loop and the Bobsled run. Don't miss the new connector, it is a blast with the Rip-N-Ride section a real treat.
Take the Downhill Run to the Mayors Meander to Rockdale Roundabout. Continue on the Connector to Heathers Hill, beneath the Century Oak, through the Sumac Slalom to the Oak Slalom. Then drop the Fist Lady Launch to the Kiddie Kickers To Dave's Deer Path. At the turnaround cruise Raspberry Fields Forever to the top and drop into Rip-N-Ride. At the Roundabout ride the hill to the top and Expert Loop awaits on th right. Ride (slowly!!) the RockWork drop over Twin Mounds, switchback to Nettum Meadows and the Flapjack Flats. Into the technical challenge of Bobsled Run and the rocky climb up out of the ravine(if you can!). Ride across the Expert Cliffs to the last challenge of the dropoff at Wilderness Steeps. From here the challenge has been conquered and just more fun twisty track through the beginner loop to the doubletrack. Don't forget the Intermediate Loop for a combination of all the great features of the park as you head back to the Parking lot.

Similar Products Used:

Blue Mound State Park, The Farm, Kettle Moraine, Levis Trow

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 03, 2007]
Yamakaze
Cross Country Rider

CAM Rock 3 has a great downhill blast from the playgound with a good run out to allow you to get it back under control before rolling into the tall grass. The singletrack trails are fun with some angry bits, and do require constant attention. The moss covered rocks are quite slick when wet or damp, so allow ample drying time before venturing out here.

There is an advanced loop of singletrack which is quite awesome, but very technical. If you can't clear the log piles at the start with confidence, DO NOT PROCEED...you will be walking, or bleeding, or both. Highlights are a 2' drop into a rock covered downhill with limited run out, narrow passages through hard to see boulders and a descent through a gully set up like a 1/2 pipe...very cool.

This trail is about 20 minutes from my house...so the proximity effect will allow me to give it a higher rating than I might, if I had to travel for it.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 29, 2006]
Big Josh
Cross Country Rider

It would appear as though there is some confusion concerning the cam-rock parks. Allow me to provide insight:

Cam-rock 1: short double track, very non-technical course. According to parks dept. it will soon be attached to a cam-rock 3 via bridge.
Cam-rock 2: Just a bit more technical then cam-rock 1, fun with a friend when you have the urge for a race. Still, a bit boring for the more experienced rider. -
Cam-rock 3: two 1 mile long single tracks, very technical, great work out. Similar to Blue Mounds, but shorter in length. Wear helmet and full finger gloves. Don't ride when wet, very frustrating

Customer Service

Cam-rock 3

Similar Products Used:

Blue Mounds, Devils Lake, Quarry Park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
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