EMMA CARLIN - TRAIL

EMMA CARLIN - Trail, La Grange, Wisconsin

EMMA HAS 3 LOOPS WITH OPTION TO TAKE CONNECTOR TRAIL TO JOHN MUIR SYSTEM. MUIR HAS 5 LOOPS.SEE RVIEW IN THIS SECTION

User Reviews (14)

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Brad Parks   Cross Country Rider [Sep 06, 2010]

This trail is awesome! The trailbuilders in the Kettles have put in numerous hours to make this a great ride. It has something for everyone....Tight switchbacks, leg burning climbs, fast descents and great scenery. Can be a challenge for the beginning rider, but with three loops, you will find something that works for your skills.

Customer Service

Warm up on the red, do the green and finish it off with the orange! A great ride is the green loop, connector trail to John Muir and back. About 16 miles of great fun!

Similar Products Used: Alpha, Cam rock and John Muir. If up north, hit 9 mile and The Underdown.
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5
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5
Raini Leitza   Weekend Warrior [Oct 16, 2006]

Alright everyone, I figure its about time to give this site a update of Emma-Carlin.

I have to say it is one of my favorite trails when it comes to climbs in our general region. Emma has some technical areas on the green loop and I reccomend it to anyone who is not a newbie. Although, Emma is not colorado or california it is once again a great trail for some technical climbs in IL/Wisco region. There are some fast spots and slow spots, just look out for the sand covering the hidden washouts at the bottom of the descents.

Customer Service

I prefer parking off of Little Prarie in order to ride about a mile and half of the connector trail towards Emma to get my muscles warmed up.

Similar Products Used: I recommend the connector and any of the John Muir trails! Just make sure to go on the longest trail. Once you are ready go for the 10mile loop at John Muir to the connector, then connector to Emma, then back on the connector to finish the remainder of the 10mile... That will give one about 23miles plus.
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4
VALUE
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4
bitflogger   Cross Country Rider [Jul 31, 2005]

This trail network and the connector to the network south is much improved, so you have to ignore some of the reviews posted over the past few years. The Kettles are folks have been working hard here while we've been working at Blue Mound to make a much improved S. WI trail riding experience. There is some emotional attachment to this area because one of the neighborhood mothers would drop a station wagon full of boys and bikes all by themselves here with PB&J and Koolaid years before the bike helmet, Mountain Bike, powerbar and the modern paranoid parent. My 5 for aerobic rating is because I ride 15-26 miles when I come here. Don't take my 2 for technical rating as a put down. This really is a fun place that I really like, but you can't ride other places in the midwest such as Blue Mound, Quarry, Levis or Marquette and call this a challenge to your skills.

Customer Service

I ride this as a S. WI mini epic by riding the longer loops at each of the Miur and Carlin trail heads with connector trail in between.

Similar Products Used: Read recommended route above. The repairs and re-routes here and the growth of trail near Madison has made for much improved riding opportunities in S. WI. All of the neo-roadies and Lance-A-Likes are making it even better thanks to less crowds.
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4
VALUE
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5
davidgee   Weekend Warrior [Jun 06, 2005]

Emma has become substantially more challenging and fun this year. First of all the entire loop is now single track. Secondly, there are logs galore including a a couple of 3 foot high piles. Also, the new portion is very tight in places. If you are up for an exciting ride in the Midwest search no further. If you are looking for something a little less challenging try the blue loop at John Muir.

Similar Products Used: John Muir
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5
VALUE
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5
Rdubya   Weekend Warrior [Aug 11, 2003]

Even if much of it IS 'paved' with lime, it's still a tough ride. It is definitely tougher and more fun than Muir, and nowhere near as busy. There is still some narrow single-track around the side of a hill with a good dropoff to the left if you wiped out, all of which was really slippery and made for a good challenge. The uphills are murder, at least without rear suspension. The erosion control sucks bigtime though, killing even the best run up the hills. Many times I was stopped dead in my tracks on a great uphill climb because of it. It's still an excellent trail for the area though, and it's a good workout.

Customer Service

Green

Similar Products Used: John Muir
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
James   [Jul 16, 1999]

Not as many trails as John Muir, but not as many riders either. Like Muir, it's not super technical, but there are some good climbs, the erosion strips add to the challenge.

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5
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Jason   [Jul 24, 1999]

This trail is much shorter than its sister trail, John Muir, but a much faster intense ride. Steep up and downs, and very scenic. Erosion is a big concern here and work is being done on the trails. Not nearly as popular as John Muir trail, probably due to lack of choices in trails, but well worth the trip.

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5
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antman   [Aug 05, 1999]

The ride was fun considering that this part of the state is really flat.It was mostly all singletrack through trees & brush.The trail had light to moderate techinical areas which made it possible to go fast.The trail was a little bit groomed at some parts-that sucked!The connector trail from emma carlin trails to john muir trails was a nice rolling hill ride.John muir trails was groomed even more!-but fun!Over all its a nice place to ride if your staying in this area.

Customer Service

Can't tell you much on how to get there, because I'm not from around there.All I know is 94 to 83 to 59 the turn on zz, going west and south of the waukesha area.

Similar Products Used: John muir trail connects to emma carlin
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RATING
3
VALUE
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Tim   [May 04, 2000]

This park was challanging at one time, But the WDNR
decided to help pave the way, literally.They took it upon themselves to pave the steep descents, so the hikers could get around easier. If you have ever
tried to slow down on a street with pea-gravel and sand all over it, you know what I mean!!

Customer Service

Take Hwy 67 South to Eagle, then west 0n 59 watch for the signs

Similar Products Used: Highly recommed the connector trail, and John Muir
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2
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Bill   [May 05, 2002]

Didn't care for it. Wouldn't recommend it. Beautiful area, great place to put some mtn bike trails, too bad they put down concrete and gravel on all of the hills instead. They did have some newer sections of actual single track there so maybe there is hope yet.

Customer Service

Take Hwy 67 South to Eagle, then west 0n 59 watch for the signs

Similar Products Used: John Muir and the connectot trail.
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2
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