Kettle Moraine - TRAIL

Kettle Moraine - Trail, La Grange, Wisconsin

Kettle is made up of the following; The John Muir Trail & the Emma Carlin Trail See the listings for those trails.

User Reviews (29)

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TwoWheelinTim   Cross Country Rider [Mar 09, 2007]

Very non technical but fun. No real climbs, but roller coasters nicely. It's all what you make of it. Fast, buttery smooth, very well marked and well maintained. I liked it.

Customer Service

I've been twice. The first time I went alone and just rode the blue route at John Muir. If felt awfully short and I was determined to find a longer ride. The second time I went, I took a couple rookie friends and we started at Emma Carlin and rode the connecting trails to John Muir. It was a long day and I bit off way more than my friends could chew. About half way back to Emma Carlin, they could sense I was getting tired of waiting for them. They told me to go on ahead so I did. They were pretty mad at me by the time they got back to the vehicle. They never rode with me again after that.

Similar Products Used: It's not really that close, but I enjoyed riding the trails at Baird Creek in Green Bay. Nine mile forest outside of Wausau was fun too. For some really exciting stuff, get your self up to Marquette MI. That's where I found the good stuff.
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4
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2
Ryan01   Weekend Warrior [Mar 29, 2004]

Great trails pending on this area. Very busy but you really dont run into that many people out on the trail except for the first half mile. Some say its too easy, just ride faster!!! Trust me i ride every weekend and its great. wish i could go more. the trails are changed once a year a little bit and they are kept in very good condition. nice big parking lot, with running water, bathrooms and a cleaning station for your bike. I just hope that they decide to make the trails longer sometime soon. Rated one of the best trails in the USA!!!!

Customer Service

longest one possible __ blue line

Similar Products Used: na
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4
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4
floatch   Cross Country Rider [Oct 25, 2003]

This trail is fun for beginners, or those looking to go fast to get their workout. Not much in the way of hills, difficult sections, or anything too twisty. If you like tight, twisty single track with plenty of roots, stumps, and fallen trees to hop over, look elsewhere. As far as traction, you could ride a road bike over all but a few sections, and be fine. A good spot for beginners, or the spineless. The 3 for aerobic rating is because it's only really aerobic if you go REALLY fast, because there's no real hills to speak of. The 2 is because there's no real technical stuff. This trail is average, fun for a day trip with buddies.

Customer Service

Guh. Get a backpack full of water and do the blue section, and then follow up with the orange, or the connector trail. Otherwise, you're back at the parking lot before you know it. I'd much rather ride in Palos, where you can ride ALL DAY without ever seeing the same trail twice. -And hey! Free parking in Palos!

Similar Products Used: Palos, Portage Indiana, Westville Indiana, Lansing Illinois
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3
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3
Zach Brochtrup   [Jan 23, 2000]

Many long steep climbs make it a lot of fun.

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5
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Jay Granfield   [May 20, 2000]

I took the blue outer trail and it had many fun things. It contains a lot of steep climbs. I wish it had greater drops, this trail only varied 90 feet verticly. I wish I would have had light front suspension when I rode this trail because there are many tree roots. The only problem I had with the trail was that during one section there was a lot of sand that slowed you up.

Customer Service

I am new to Mountain Biking and I loved It!!!! This trail is in great condition even when I rode after large amounts of rain.

Similar Products Used: This is a great trail, their is also a 5 mile link between this and the John Muir Trail.
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4
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Clint B   [May 23, 2000]

I love this trail I ride this trail more ofter than any other trail. Try this trail ASAP!

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5
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Zach Lorden   [Jun 16, 2000]

Don't be afraid of the difficult loops...the largest loop is great with lots of climbs and decent decents. If you aren't into climbing, there are trails for every skill level

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5
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JoeDell   [Aug 16, 2000]

This place is awesome. We plan a camping trip every fall and ride theKettle for several days. It is well worth the trip from the Chicagoland area. Don't miss out on all the inner loops. theKettle has nice forest trails with roots to jump. Downhils are tight and fast followed by long fought climbs that only the most determined and well positioned riders will top out.

Customer Service

Ready for a long day of riding? Just stay along the outer loop (all 1 way trails marked well) and take the connector trail (2 way) to the EmmaCarlinTrails (all 1 way trails marked well). Stick to the outer loop again. When you finish the loop retrace your route on the connector trail and finish off the loop at the Kettle. Whole trip around 20 miles. The place is well suited for any rider comfortable on dirt trails with ruts, stumps, rocks, long climbs and decents. Helmets,gloves,toeclip/clipless pedals,tools,and hydration packs are the norm. There are trail and parking fees that are well deserved and contribute to the condition of the trail. Please. Ride balls out! And keep it safe.

Similar Products Used: Three Ravines/Bullfrog Lake. This is some very cool riding in Palos Hills, IL. About an hour from the city or the western burbs. From the burbs I take 290 E to 83 S to 171 E to 95th S.
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5
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Pete   [Sep 04, 2000]

great singletrack, with steep uphills, and decent decents, lots of rocks

Customer Service

the longer the trail the harder the terrain

Similar Products Used: no
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5
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G-Dog   [Nov 12, 2000]

This route amounts to about 24 miles. The connector trail is more challenging than the Muir or Carlin sites . Interesting attempts at erosion control can be found at Carlin and Muir trails--good for burgeoning trail builders.

Customer Service

Blue Route at La Grange Trails to Connector Trail out to Emma Carlin and Back.

Similar Products Used: The secret park trails in Janesville Wisconsin some 20 miles west of LaGrange.
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4
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