Kettle Moraine Forest - TRAIL

Kettle Moraine Forest - Trail, Greenbush, Wisconsin

5-6 trails with difficulty ratings on trail head map Easy to very difficult

User Reviews (14)

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Tyler Jackson   Cross Country Rider [Nov 12, 2013]

A little over 9 miles of continuous single track if you start at any point of the trails and always make right hand turns at each "intersection" of the trail. The are 4 loops that can be ridden individually and each are marked well. Its located right in the kettles so there is a lot of elevation change. There are a few tough climbs especially loop 4. The trail is mostly hard pack but there are some rooty sections but most of the obstacles are rock. There is plenty of diversity in the trail from loop to loop and is pretty challenging. Please just make sure you ride in a counter-clockwise direction. The trail drys out pretty well and is ride-able in most conditions.

Customer Service

I wound't recommend these trails to a novice or newbie. I always enjoy riding all 4 trails in sequence and typically park at the upper parking lot and enter at loop 2. Depending on how fast you ride you should be able to hit all 4 loops in under an hour. The fastest loop is #3, and it also flows pretty well. I feel like loop #1 is the most boring but is short so I don't mind it. There aren't any log/dirt jumps but there are a few natural rises in the trail that you can get a decent amount of air off. You'll enjoy the descents as long as you don't ride your brakes. The trail isn't very dangerous if you are skilled but there are a few downhills where if you aren't looking ahead you might hit a tree.

Similar Products Used: This is my go to trail and I live in Sheboygan. I don't really enjoy Evergreen, it tends to be incredibly wet, especially the quarry side. While I don't mind mud there are quite a few low lying areas that flood when we get decent rain. The trails don't flow very well but are good for beginner riders. It is fun to ride through the stream, something greenbush has nothing like.
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4
VALUE
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4
D-Murf   Cross Country Rider [Nov 21, 2012]

I see that no reviews have been submitted on this trail recently and it has changed so here is an update by someone who rode this area twice this year.:

The Greenbush area of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest now has two trail systems: one for hikers and cross-country skiiers (the old one) and one for mountain bikers and snow-shoers (the "new" stuff). The latter is true singletrack - about 9 miles of it. A lot of elevation (consider the area) and overall a pretty well designed, challenging trail. Small rocks along the way will provide a slight technical challenge, but nothing extremely tricky. Overall, this is a really fun trail, and the first loop is especially fast and fun so hit that section a couple of times.

The trailhead can be a little tricky to find, but essentially you are parking by the Greenbush group camp. Remember the required state trail pass and parking sticker.

Customer Service

There are four "loops" with loop 1 near the trailhead loop 4 furthest from the trailhead - not like the "old" / CC Ski trails where the loops all start from the same spot. Keep right at all intersections and you'll hit all four loops worth about 9-10 miles of singletrack.

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4
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4
Jason Groff   Cross Country Rider [Aug 10, 2010]

I have read all of the reviews before mine, and I have to clarify a lot. The colored trails are posted as HIKING AND X-COUNTRY SKIING per DNR. There are only 4 loops that permit mountain bikes, and are single track, and are a mix of hard compacted dirt to loose slipery stones, and a whole slew of blind turning dives, while riding on the edge of a kettle, which average about 20 to 30ft deep. The loops are not very well marked, and spit you out on a few of the hiking paths.
I am completely guilty of riding on the colored trails just for more cardio, speed, and just enjoying the scenary.
lots of up and down, and the rocks can prove to be a chore to traverse because the forest never seems to realy dry out, well atleast this year.

Customer Service

Do them all, they average about 2 miles per loop, except loop 1.

Similar Products Used: NA
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3
VALUE
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3
John Pehoski   Cross Country Rider [Oct 20, 2009]

This fall on a short camping excursion, I stumbled on two recently completed systems that were very pleasant rides through exceptionally well managed and beautiful hardwood forests. According to the staffer at the Ice Age Center, these single tracks were finished within the last year. Indeed, the last few times I went there to bike, I had to use the ski trails-- boring at best.

New Fane: 5.5 miles total in four loops. Signage is not yet completed. Loops 3 and 4 have most elevation, but overall an easy ride.

Greenbush: 9 miles total in 4 loops. Very well designed to take advantage of the glacial terrain, weaving up and down the sides of the kettles. Between markers 2 and 3 on loop 3 is a long, fun, swooping downhill. Loop 4 was marked as "not yet constructed" on the trailhead map, and although it had been recently dug in with lots of exposed roots from trail edges and loose dirt and rocks, it's passable, but not marked yet.

An added bonus: the fairly flat limestone surfaced 6.5 mile Lake to Lake Bike Trail connects a parking area at Mauthe Lake to the campground at Long Lake, with informational plaques along the way describing glacial geology.

I'm giving these a 5 overall for good design, beautiful settings, and they are fun!

Customer Service

If you're just out for the day, start with New Fane and head up to Greenbush. Cool down on the Lake to Lake.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
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3
robtre295   Weekend Warrior [Jul 06, 2009]

Many of these reviews are old and outdated. Greenbush deserves a better review. My friends and I went there this weekend all intermediate bikers and we had a blast. Someone has been doing some nice work up there in the last year. The trails are short loops and are not very technical but still worth the trip. This trail has some smaller climbs and a couple windy downhills, and lots of small rocks. The forrest itself is beautiful and well worth the trip. This trail can make you a better rider in no time.

Customer Service

Take Wisconsin 45 north to Hwy 67. Follow 67 through Dundee (stop at the Hamburger Haus on the way home) to Kettle Morraine Scenic Drive

OVERALL
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4
VALUE
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3
mudforlunch   Downhiller [Sep 09, 2007]

These trails aren't too bad, all the posted routes are fairly easy, not much for technical stuff. Good scenery. There is some fairly new singletrack that spurs off of the purple trail, its not marked on the trailhead map, but look and you will find it, its faster and more technical than the regular trails. Try to go during the week, on the weekends all the spandex idiots with $1000 bikes that they dont know how to ride will be in your way. Also, if you park in the shelter lot down the road from the trailhead you wont have to pay the fee if youre porr like me.

Customer Service

Do all the labeled trails, then find the unmarked stuff and explore.

Similar Products Used: Glacier park in West Bend, New Fane.
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3
VALUE
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3
JmZ   Weekend Warrior [Jul 03, 2006]

Mix one part singletrack trail and one part rail-to-rail. Keep the elevation changes from the singletrack, and keep the width of the rail to trail and you've got these trails.

We rode two of the loops, the outer and one of the inner trails. It was fast, it was not a challenge technically, and it wasn't necessarily easy to find either.

These trails had almost no one there when we arrived, while we were there, and when we left. It would be safe to absolutely FLY through these trails. There are some fun places to do that on these trails, and you can even do it next to the person next to ya too.

A good place for a beginner, or someone who wants an easy day.

Customer Service

Take 'em all.

Similar Products Used: Sorry - From out of state.
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RATING
3
VALUE
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3
KuNgFuDeViL   Cross Country Rider [Jul 26, 2004]

Not a very technical course at all. Most of the routes will have a few hills that will get your heart pumping but nothing very difficult. The logs placed on the path to help with erosion can either be an opportunity to get some air or if you aren't in to that a pain to avoid. Need to watch for hikers on the trail if they aren't paying attention to the bikers and watch out for some random piles of horse crap. I would say Green is the most difficult since it has a few nice climbs and Pink is the most technical although it is way too short. Don't even bother going on brown. Trails are in good condition and fun to ride even though they are not difficult at all.

Customer Service

Red, Green, Purple for a cool down, and Pink to close it out.

Similar Products Used: Glacial Blue Hills and Ice Age (make sure you check out all the singletrack paths that sprout off the main trail)
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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
bike_as_a_weapon   Cross Country Rider [Jul 22, 2003]

If you read about this from a Wisconsin Trail Book- know that this is not a technical trail as others have also stated. It's hilly and will shake your bike a lot. It would be ideal for someone looking to exercise for mountain biking.

Customer Service

All of them are pretty much the same, just some single track is wider than others.

Similar Products Used: Go to the Southern Kettle it has more true single track, with rocky/rooty hill fun.
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RATING
2
VALUE
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3
Ace   [Jan 28, 2000]

EXCELLENT trails! Almost ALWAYS dry (even day after rain) Very hilly, lots of granny gear followed by fast downhills on the "difficult" routes, flatter on easier routes . Purple route is a great mix...long flats, and a few good hills (One nice fast downhill with a bumpy turn in the middle sure to get your attention)
Quite a variety. Not much slow technical stuff, but plenty of high speed technical stuff (bumps/jumps/turns on some of the downhills). Top sceney.

Customer Service

23 west from Sheboygan or east from Fond Du Lac, to Hwy A (Scenic road) Hwy A South past Wade house follow scenic road signs to trail head

Similar Products Used: Quarry/ Everygreen park trails in Sheboygan (yes...in town) if you like mud.
OVERALL
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5
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