Lowes Creek County Park - Trail, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Lowes Creek County Park - Trail, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

You will find fast, rolling trails and virgin singletrack. Twists and turns will keep you on your toes as you work your way through Lowes Creek County Park. Open sections will give you the edge to hammer while the singletrack will test your technical skills with tight corners, rocks and logs. Lowes Creek County Park is working with the local bike group, CORBA (Chippewa Valley Off Road Bike Assoc) to build and maintain singletrack trails. The cross-country ski trails are also available for riding.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 11, 2009]
AJ
Cross Country Rider

I found this trail from searching around on the internet, looking for places to ride when I am home visiting the parents. I kept finding rave reviews of this trail/area..and when I rode it found it to be flat and tame. Way more suitable for trail runners, which you see more of than bikers when your there. The entire system will take you under 45 minutes. Fun for an excuse to be on the bike, but don't believe the hype that touts it to be something legendary.

Customer Service

Would love to see trails built along the Eau Claire river, upstream from the old Presto plant..

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Not much. I asked around at the local bike shops and got alot of blank stares. They say there's some good riding a couple hours north near Cable, WI.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
1
[Jul 10, 2009]
Pro4tundra
Cross Country Rider

Rode this trail 4th of july weekend for the WORS race. My favorite trail so far on the series. Little bit of everything, open track, singletrack, hardpack, pine needles, rocks, roots, stumps, fast descents, Steep climbs this place has it all. Looking forward to riding it again!

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Standing Rocks
9 Mile
Green Circle

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 04, 2009]
Rad-dog
Cross Country Rider

My wife,son and myself went to this on past reviews, looking for a new trail within driving distance of the twin cities eastern metro.We were not dissapointed. Lots of variety of single track commingling with nordic trails. Every level of ability can find challenge. Kudos to the trail crews. NOTE TRAVELING DIRECTIONS TO BE DIFFERANT THAN POSTED - Turn north on hwy 93,left on Golf rd, left on Lowes Creek rd. The Park is located south of the interstate and west of hwy 93. A three dollar per vehicle fee required.
If your coming form the Twin Cities this would be a nice warm-up trail to hit on your way to Levis Mound.

Customer Service

All single track.Its too bad the trail marked as "Onion" wasn't longer,you could call it "Sweet Onion".

Similar Products Used:

Levis Mound, White Tail Ridge - River Falls, Lacrosse human powered trail system, Red Wing,Mn - Memorial park

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 09, 2009]
nickcaliva
Racer

The folks at CORBA are some great peeps! Craig Manthe is one helluva awesome trail designer. He and CORBA have a good thing going here and everything you've read is spot on...one of my favorites in MN/WI. If you are in the Twin Cities area and have the time this is definitely one to check out (and on the way home go here: www.kinnioffroad.com/trails)

Customer Service

I always park in the lot off of Lowes Creek Rd. and take the trail North...but there is so much to offer I don't think it really matters. Not sure if it is

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Whitetail Ridge in River Falls, WI
Levis/Trow
CORBA has some other trails in the works...check their website.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 24, 2007]
Egonz
Cross Country Rider

If you are within a two hour distance of this trail, highly, highly recommended. I would put this one right there with Lebanon Hills and Battle Creek in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area. Just to emphasize, I've been all over riding trail, including some of the best in Cali (even though I didn't quite master the trails, just speaking to the background for what is going to come across as a little bit overstated review of this trail - believe it is not).

Bottom line is that this trail is all about flow. You can get about ten miles out of this ride - it is 1/8 pump track, and 7/8 well balanced technical cross country, with a few solid switchbacks, plenty of logs to jump, creek crossing, half of the trails are super narrow, and fun 1K climbs leading into pretty quick drops that flow smoothly into a quick climb or two. I think another way to describe this ride is that it is all about balance - first you better have your balance, or may fall into a ravine, and scores a B on all elements of riding as described above.

The only thing this trail doesn't have is hardcore, freestyle drops - but so what.

Props have to go out to CORBA - you give these folks epic geography, and they turn it into Levis +. I have never seen a track of land more optimally utilized. One of my favorites in the Wisconsin/Minnesota country.

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Battle Creek (Saint Paul MN), Lebanon Hills (Eagan MN), Levis (Wisconsin), LaGrange (Wisconsin)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jun 30, 2007]
eric
Cross Country Rider

Pretty crazy - I grew up in Eau Claire and go back very occasionally to visit. I started off roading after in college, and have been to quite a both good and bad singletracks over the last 15 years. I stopped by the park earlier this year to check it out when visiting my parents, and was surpised as hell to ride one of the flowiest trails I have ever experienced. Tight (one of the defining characteristics between trails is a pretty technical squeeze between a couple of trees - if off by an inch - you are caught and flying off of your bike), up and down, technical, and incredibly diverse - pretty crazy switch backs, rock and log jumping.

The total distance may only add up to ten or so miles, but I challenge anybody to find another track better constructed and more efficient. This thing I found out has only been around for a couple years, and given how hardcore the CORBA folks are, this thing is going to get some serious legs.

The ONLY thing that this track is lacking is some one or two serious drops, and maybe one killer climb. But again, if you are looking for a track to satisfy the ADHD in all of us, this is the one. Convenient too, since you can pack it all in in two hours.

Eau Claire may not be a tourist destination, but this trail is worth spending the weekend on.

Customer Service

To be honest, ride any trail, both ways. The flowey feel and technical feel is all around throughout the 15 or so named trails.

Similar Products Used:

Battle Creek, Lebanon Hills - funny, these trails are considered the best park rides outside of Northern Minnesota and Neilsville. Also well ridden. They don't have one thing on Lowes Creek.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 04, 2006]
KBH
Weekend Warrior

If I could ride an ideal park every day this would be it. I have traveled near and far to find a fun,fast, and wild multi terrain area. Pine trees~ got em. Steep climbs ~ got em. Single track~ its here. The list goes on an on. Eau Claire is not a great place to vacation..... but if you wanna ride something that is GREAT take a weekend to camp up here. I fell in love for the second time. My first love rode it with me & we had a BLAST.... Cat and mouse chasing all day long.

Customer Service

Every single inch of this park is fantastic

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Jul 31, 2006]
genny1
Weekend Warrior

I rode Lowes Creek for the first time on July 29, 2006. This is a great 2+ hour trail cluster that is, as the reviewer noted below, alot of fun to ride. Twisty singletrack through the Wisconsin woods, with narrow turns, tight up-and-down pitches, some off-camber sections, rooty ridgelines, and a couple of creek crossings. The layout is a cluster of spur trails rather than a continuous loop, which offers flexibility in putting together the run of your choice. Put it together for an aerobic rating of 3 (limited climbing), technical of 4 (tight and rooty, with some logs, a couple fairly steep drop-ins), and overall 5 (trail-builders took what the terrain gave them and made - and are making - a great cluster of trails).

CORBA has trail markers throughout, and a map can be had off the hyperlinked trail webpages above (bringing map definitely helps). Also, bring $3 (as of 7/06) for parking in the County lot.

So, kudos to CORBA (and thanks to Laura -- a CORBA officer who responded quickly to an email sent to the organization for more pre-ride info about the trail). It's a fun place to ride now, and with room to grow, it looks like it is only going to get better!

Customer Service

Mix-and-match trails with no one set route. Enjoyed Fern Gully, Ridgeline, Rad, Split Rock, Nemesis -- they are all worth exploring.

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No other trails tried in/near Eau Claire. CORBA indicated Lowes Creek is currently only legal, posted singletrack in EC area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Feb 24, 2006]
meloh1
Cross Country Rider

Fun, fun, fun. Technical single track, water crossings, logs and some cliffhangers make this a really fun place to ride. Not a ton of trail miles but more will be built this summer and hopefully in the future. Last year was the inaugural Firecracker WORS race and the trail got rave reviews from the racers. The only thing it lacks is some sustained climbing. The hills it has are challenging but mother nature didn't provide enough relief to make long climbs. A real sleeper of a trail. If you're in the Eau Claire area give it a try, you won't regret it.

Customer Service

Ride 'em all. You should be able to do it all in 2-3 hours. Will never be an epic ride but it will challenge your technical skills.

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Levis/Trow Mounds, Black River State Forest near Millston (no single track but some lung busting hills) CAMBA within 2 hours.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Nov 07, 2005]
puppeteer
Weekend Warrior

Just rode it, nice trails that only thing bad about them is none of them are marked only mowed trails are marked.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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