Nicolet Roche - Trail, Langlade, Wisconsin

Nicolet Roche - Trail, Langlade, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

The Roche trail is located just outside of Langlade, in Langlade County, about 20 minutes North of Shawanoo, or 20 minutes East of Antigo, or about an hour North West of Green Bay or an hour East of Wausau.

The Roche is a challenging XC trail that incorporates natural features sure to keep the excitement level up. The setting can't be beat. As of Fall 2006 there is approximately 12 miles of single track completed and more trail being built each year.

The trail currently consists of two connectors and a loop. The loop is ridden clockwise. The trail is signed very well.

Fun Notes: This is the rare trail where other riders you encounter will stop to talk to you just to tell you how much fun they are having.

Safety Reminder: If you ply your skills on one of the 30+ boulders in play do NOT touch your front brake lever. :) Also, please do not drag or skid your tires on the downhills.

USER REVIEWS

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[Mar 21, 2012]
Peter
Weekend Warrior

What a trail! Visited this area last July on a rafting trip and turned out the biking was the best part.

Lots of technical decents and climbs. A great challenge for begginers and advanced alike. Jumps, boulders are all avoidable which made for a blast of a day with our party of 6. Lots of singletrack that weaves through forested areas and opens up to a valley of snapped tree trunks from a tornado that ripped throught the area a few years back. Bring plenty of water, insect repellent and watch out for ticks! Always ride with a helmet and enjoy.

Customer Service

Follow trail route, trails are easy to follow with a map and trail heads are visibliy marked.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jul 19, 2010]
Bobby12many
Cross Country Rider

Some of the best single track I have ever ridden in Wisconsin. Not the most technical or the aerobically challenging trail system, Nicolet Roche offers just enough of both to keep your heart pumpin but still wanting to eat up more and more miles.
The beautiful area of the Nicolet Nat'l Forest offers a great rolling terrain that is littered with boulders ranging from the size of a watermelon, to the size of VW Bus. The trail builders have done an incredible job of utilizing these boulders wherever imaginably possible on the trails and have drawn up some great lines (from scratch, mind you) through, over, and around boulder fields that snake and undulate over the rough woodlands. I found myself turning around and re-riding many of the boulder-lines over and over as they were just too damn fun to explore and who knows when I will be able to get back up to The NicoletRoche for some quality mileage


Customer Service


Ride it all and come back for more!

I parked on Campground Rd off of WW and rode from that southern spur and around the loop.

More mileage can be had with various connecting routes to nearby campsites, etc.

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OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[May 31, 2010]
bruisertwo
Weekend Warrior

Awesome awesome trail. The best I have ever ridden. challenging on the lungs but good for the body. this trail has everything you could ask for. Downhills, uphills, big rocks, easy trail riding, scnic ridges, jumps, technical riding, lots of banked corners. Special thanks to the builders of the trail because they know what they are doing

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The trails behind the Bear Paw resort are fun and very well mapped out

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 29, 2009]
Walt Dizzy
Cross Country Rider

This trail is great (no exaggeration) at the south end, worth a ride at the north end, but is difficult to navigate, especially across the tornado damaged middle.

The first problem is the trail heads. The north and south trail heads both are marked with signs (trail map) made from an 8.5x11 inch piece of paper. Not very easy to see from a car, especially if you don't have a passenger. Also, the parking areas are not close to the trail heads.

To find the south end, take Hwy WW east off of Hwy 55 south of Langlade. Take the exit for Boulder Lake US Forest Service Campground north. The trail head is roughly in the middle of the sweeping curve to the east. Didn't see it from the car? Neither did I. Park at the boat landing, then ride back about 0.7 miles from the road intersection back to the trail head.

If you can't find someone to show you the way across, ride from the south trail head (much more polished and fun), then the north end if you want more miles (OK, but it is somewhat punishing). I spent several hours trying to find my way across the logging roads that cross the tornado damaged area in the middle without success. I finally managed it by taking a GPS mark at the south end of the north section, then navigating to the mark from the south side. It took me 30 miles of riding (including the part N. of Hwy 64) and from 9AM to 6:30PM to figure it all out. Good luck! I will attempt to post my GPS route on http://www.fattireguides.com/.

Customer Service

To find the south end, take Hwy WW east off of Hwy 55 south of Langlade. Take the exit for Boulder Lake US Forest Service Campground north. The trail head is roughly in the middle of the sweeping curve to the east. Didn't see it from the car? Neither did I. Park at the boat landing, then ride back about 0.7 miles from the boatlanding turn off back to the trail head.

To find the north trail head, start at the Hwy 55 intersection and drive east on Hwy 64. Note your mileage. Go 3.3 miles and find a logging road on the south side of the highway. There is a small trail map mounted on a post. Park your car along side the logging road. Ride past the roads splitting to the left, and to the right staying on the center section. 130 yards (0.07 mi) from the sign, on the left side of the center logging road is the trail head. It is marked with a tiny, hand sized picture of a bike, plus a brown plastic stake. There are additional pieces of pink flagging tape, but since the loggers also use pink flagging tape, it doesn't help much. There is an additional segment of trail to the north of Hwy 64, directly across the road from the trail head sign.

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OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 27, 2009]
nathan kniss
Cross Country Rider

The Nicolet Roche trail is one of those trails that not many know about, but if word got out more it could quickly become one of the most sought after riding destinations in northern Wisconsin. I live a short fifteen minute car ride from the trails, and it is one of my favorite rides.
On these trails you get every kind of terrain there is. From rolling smooth single track, to roots like crazy, to rocks all over the place, to fast pedaling winding through red pines, to a great new section called MOAB (Mother Of All Bolders). There are tons of bolders to ride. You really get it all!
The only problem right now is that a few years ago a tornado went through a big chunk of it, and unless you know the right people it is hard to know were to go when you run into the tornado damage. Work has been started to reconnect the north and south end of the trail. Loggers are still in the process of cleaning up the area, but there are ways to get through.
I highly recommend this ride to anyone looking for another technical trail to challenge their skills. Directions to the north trail head are as follows. Go east on hwy 64 from Langlade 3 miles you start looking for a dirt road with a small map posted on the south side of the road. Go straight down that road about 500 yards and you will find the trail on the left. There is also some great new single track straight across hwy 64 that goes north about 2 miles. Try these trails you will love it!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 28, 2007]
redman
Cross Country Rider

this is a great trail. it's got tech sections, rock gardens, nice fast downhills (bee sting hill), and the occasional stunt thrown in to keep it all together. though at times it is hard to stay in a flow. but this is a great trail for either a nice stroll or to get the blood flowing. however this past year a tornado came through and destroyed part of the trail. you can access the larger accessible part directly off of hwy 64. or the other half near boulder lake campground. it's still well worth the ride. enjoy.....the scenery is awesome.

Customer Service

anything.....it's all great

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 18, 2007]
cjohnson
Weekend Warrior

A fun, challenging XC mt bike trail. The trail setting can't be beat. The Nicolet National Forest is beautiful.

Customer Service

Parking at the end of Van Alstin road gives the rider a choice of doing an out and back to the North East or a loop to the South East.

The North route has the biggest climbs followed by some of the easiest riding. If going to the North, the trail does continue across Hwy 64 for a mile or so with more being built at the North end. By taking this out and back you will have traveled approx 7 miles.

If the rider chooses South East the loop will be ridden. It is designed to be ridden clockwise. Follow the Forest Service "reassurance" signs to the single track. Once on the single track you are set. If a person rides the loop and the connector trail South to campground Dr and back to Van Alstin you will have ridden approx 12.5 miles.

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there are trails at the Bear Paw Inn off Hwy 55. The National Forest is full of logging roads that are great for riding. There is a nice little nature trail at Boulder Lake campground. There is a hiking trail N of County M Bridge that leads to Hansen's rapid on the Wolf River.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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