Bluebird Springs - TRAIL

Bluebird Springs - Trail, LaCrosse, Wisconsin

Tight rocky single track with a nice stream crossing. Three one mile climbs and several short steep ones. This trail was designed and made by the LaCrosse Velo club, so you can be sure that it is REAL mountain biking. These trails are very challanging and very fun. Cost is two dollars for a day and i believe twenty dollars for an entire season. If you are more interested contact bluebird springs, or stop by Smith's Cycling and Fitness in LaCrosse, they will know what's up.

User Reviews (14)

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UpSideDownBiker   Cross Country Rider [Jun 13, 2006]

I don't think anyone actually rides at Bluebird Springs anymore. Since HPT has come into it's own they make these fall line cut trails look like a hack job. Plus they don't cut the grass back as it grows over the trails, there are weeds that rip your arms to shreds when you go by them. All this and you have to pay some drunk person at the campground to ride. How awsome is that!

Customer Service

Go back into La Crosse, go up to HPT and ride for free.

Similar Products Used: HPT
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KuNgFuDeViL   Cross Country Rider [Aug 22, 2004]

Long climb gives the legs a workout. After the climb you encounter the steep more direct bomb down the side of the bluff. Be careful of ruts in the trail from erosion, especially while riding the downhill. Several variations in the trail loops if you do not want to climb to the top. Great trails to ride while in the La Crosse area

Customer Service

Warm up with a short loop that cruises about halfway up the bluff. Then take on the climb to the top of the bluff when the legs are warmed up and enjoy the decent to the bottom. Careful for the erosion obstacles

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flygoalie   Weekend Warrior [Jul 19, 2003]

First time on this trail. Very tough climbs....fun descent. I'm a pretty inexperienced rider, and I can see these trails will get me some good experience. I was disappointed to see a lot of ATV's on these trails. Every time I got a good cadence going on a climb....I had to pull over and let an ATV through, or risk being run over. It was my understanding that ATV's weren't allowed on these trails. The trails aren't very technical, either. I can see where a FS bike would be much better than my hardtail for this type of downhill descent. The trails are very cool to ride, although I'll base my review on the ATV problem. I'm going to try to find out if the ATV's are supposed to be there or not. If not, I plan to visit often. If they can ride there, I'll never go back.

Customer Service

Just pick one.

Similar Products Used: New to the area....this was my first ride.
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john   [Apr 11, 1999]

this is as good as it gets in the area. the guys at Smith's bike shop in Lacrosse do regular maintenance to this trail through their club (LaCrosse Velo club). We are currently in the process of building new technical single track for our upcoming WORS race. there are plenty of good climbing and downhill sections as well as stuff for beginners and intermediate riders. stop by Smiths or call 1-608-784-1175 for info on the trail, the races, or the velo club. (or if you want a cool bike to ride!) they also have weekly group rides on tuesdays that go out to blue bird for all abilities.

Customer Service

go to the campground office and get a map. (and pay two bucks to ride) worth every penny.

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Steel Gompers   [Apr 19, 1999]

lots of good sections of singletrack, fireroad, etc
i had a map once but i never used it
just ride around and have fun
the area is usually well maintained
the only problem is that there are a lot of areas that are shaded most of the day, so if it rains it stays muddy for a long time

Customer Service

start riding when you see a trail and go all over the place

Similar Products Used: i don't know what it's called but it's a good one
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TrailRipper   [May 31, 1999]

Awesome trail...some big hill climbs, some little ones, some long descents, some short ones. Some rocks, some smooth, some stuff. A lot of everything! And, unlike most trails in the area, it's legal.

Customer Service

See Bill's.

Similar Products Used: Hedgehog, Squeezer, Roller Coaster
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Jim D.   [May 15, 2000]

The down hill decents are a lot of fun. Make sure your brakes are in fine working order. The Switchback is fairly technical. Lots of tight turns with quite a bit of gradient. I did not see any thing great as far as views go but the trails more than make up for that.
The uphill climbs aren't too bad but they tend to creep up on you before too long. Buy some Ben Gay for afterwords because unless your used to putting your thighs through hell you will need it.
There is a lot of poison ivy along the side of the trail. My rash is a beautiful rose color right now.

Customer Service

It doesn't matter. Just pick and entry point and go. The Switchback decent is fun.

Similar Products Used: Coulee Experimental Forest. Not as technical but the views are better especially if you get off your bike and walk. If you looking for just a biking trail Blue Bird Springs is better.
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dylan d.   [May 29, 2000]

I used to think this was a pretty cool trail, it had plenty of variety: fast single track, rocky climbs, technical sections, and hills. But now it has a barbed wire fence with a big yellow sign on it saying: no bicyles or other vehicles that cuts off about 1/2 of the trail. I havent been there for about a week so i dont know if its still up, biut does anyon eknow whats up with that? I will rate it to how it used to be...(even before all of the trees fell onto the trail)

Customer Service

I recomend going around twice taking different routes in some places. (like going up the side of the bluff both ways and going down both ways)

Similar Products Used: could anyone tell me any?
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Joe Nameless   [Aug 22, 2000]

The singletrack in this trail system is very good. It ranges from difficult to extreme (mostly extreme). There are new trails being planned and made all the time, so just when you think you have ridden it, there is something new. There are short hard climbs (Top of the Hill is 120M from the bottom near the stream), but they are worth doing when you get to go down the cool singletrack. I was told this was the among the most extreme tracks in the WORS race series, I can't imagine anything more extreme, but then I'm not too crazy. I live nearby and ride it several times a week, maybe I'm used to it.

Climbs up the main hill- "lil' bitch" is nearest the main campground and the hardest climb with steep loose logging roads. Climbing up the other logging roads is easier, but, not much . The only trail on the east side is singletrack and nearly impossible to climb (much better for descending).

SINGLETRACK
Corkys' trail-(difficult) narrow, kind of short, but stays on top of the hill and is bidirectional and fun.
Fern Gully-(extreme) steep and loose on top, several large logs to cross (lots of chainring gouges) with a nice drop at the end straight out to a logging trail (fast).
South Trail-(extreme) southernmost trail used to be a straight logging road. Singletrack was made around downed trees over the years and now it is all singletrack crisscrossing the orginal road, but you probably won't see where is crosses as this trail keeps you busy.
There is more singletrack in the valley south and east of the camground. It crosses the stream a couple of times and doesn't have hard climbs.

If you were cringing at the descriptions of these trails, consider staying off them. Some of the lower trails around the campground are ridable by novice riders. If you can't pedal up the hill, concider staying on the lower trails.

I just finished making a GPS map of these trails. It should be available at the La Crosse Velo Club Website.

http://laxvelo.freeservers.com/

if not, just email them.

All in all, I recommend these trails to anyone who likes challenging trails and has the legs, lungs and skill to ride up to them.

Customer Service

bill has a good description

Similar Products Used: I can't recommend any that are legal to ride on. Mt La Crosse trails soon to come!!
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Don   [Sep 03, 2000]

Very nice ride in a beautiful area. Long and sometimes steep climbs with terrific singletrack descents. Trails were is very good condition with everything ridable. Just dont make the mistake I did the first time and try to climb the singletrack, that is impossible. Climb the 'fireroad' trails and descend the singletrack.

Customer Service

Ride out to the right side of the bar/campground office, stay to the right for a gentle climb. Hard left at first switchback, decend Fern Gully; right at bottom for steep climb, continue climbing Corkys go left and stay to the right for a nice singletrack descent and loop. Dont expect any help from the campground staff, look for riders to show you.

Similar Products Used: I am told you must go to Holtzinger in Winona. Unfortunately time and rain prevented me from going there.
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