Devil's Head Ski Resort - Trail, Merrimac, Wisconsin

Devil's Head Ski Resort - Trail, Merrimac, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

It's a ski resort so expect plenty of ups and downs. Trails range from intermediate to expert...and expert really means expert here. Fast downhills (50+ mph if you're good enough)and technical single track make this one of the best mountain bike destinations in Wisconsin.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 19, 2014]
Mike R
Weekend Warrior

As of 2013 Devil's Head has begun the transformation of it's hill to adopt downhill trails. As of this year 2014 they are running their chairlifts on each Saturday and Sunday through the end of August. The trails are wide, fast and flowy. So far they have three of these trails set up and are continually working on improving them and marking the runs. The runs are hard packed with some rocks, berms and jumps. There is also a vast amount of cross country trails throughout the hill. Trails consist of intermediate to advanced.

Customer Service

All three of the flow trails. Also Ghost Rock Trail, Deer Run and the trails off of Lift 0.

Similar Products Used:

Blackhawk, Quarry Ridge, Quarry Park, Middleton Pump Park.

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5
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4
[Aug 20, 2009]
Dave
Cross Country Rider

Trail is excellent. Not very well marked and the trail can be tricky to see as you traverse across ski runs. Once you get into the woods though it is fairly evident where it is and there are arrows here and there.
Nutshell. Fast midwest style downhill with rocks and roots aplenty. I rode it 2 days in a row, and would ride it again for sure.

Customer Service

Park at the bunny hill. Ride up the run just to the right of the bunny hill. Stay on the left looking for a trail that goes into the woods. Its probably 1/2 mile up the hill. Duck in there and go left. This will take you to the top of the hill. When you come out of the woods go to the right of the lift in front of you. There is a red arrow just down hill of that that enters you into juicy downhill number one. Thats max's run I think. From there look for a path that takes you back to the top. Ride across the top of the mountain all the way to the right. This is the entrance to ghost rock trail. This is the best part. Stay to the left and it will wind down hill and dump you out on to mid mountain traverse. From there traverse across the mountain following this, and eventually you will make it back to the spot where you jumped off the bunny hill. This time go left and it will take you back to the trail head. You cant get lost really since it is a ski hill.

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4
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4
[Aug 27, 2007]
Mike
Downhiller

The singletrack out here is awesome!! A lot of rocks, roots and trees. There is also a couple of bridges. It's hard at first to figure out just where the trails are. They are poorly marked. After riding here a few times, you'll figure out the best paths to get in the most downhill. Bombing the ski runs is also a blast. Just watch out for dips in the runs. If they ever open a chair lift, this will be the Mecca of mountain biking in WI.

Customer Service

Head to the top of "Deer Run". From there, you have a few options. You can head down "Deer Run", hit the trail just below the lift, or hit the trail just above the lift. If you hit the trail just above the lift, this will take you to another ski run. Head down that run a ways and on skier's left you'll find where this connects.

Similar Products Used:

Quarry Park, Blue Mounds.

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5
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5
[Sep 04, 2006]
mtb_biker
Downhiller

Rode the downhill course at devils head during the WORS Subaru cup downhill.

Video and pictures are added to http://www.sicklines.com under courses if you want to see more info + trailmap this course.

The course is one of the best in the midwest and features alot of rocks and some really good skill building sections. The course had recieved rain and was pretty technical especially for the people who weren't familiar with mud riding. Its one of the best place to ride downhill at in the midwest.

Customer Service

See map

Similar Products Used:

Ohio (Mohican Wilderness) has three very good downhill courses as well.

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5
VALUE
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4
[Jul 23, 2006]
TheMachine
Weekend Warrior

I rode this one while home on leave and had a blast! Ghost Rock is worth all the pain of getting up top to get to it. Watch out for the briars on Deer Run; they hurt when going Warp Factor 9.

Customer Service

Any. Come ride this trail!

Similar Products Used:

Cam-Rock 3, SE of Madison was a pleasant distraction.

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5
VALUE
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5
[Oct 23, 2005]
bump and grind
Downhiller

Awsome! Great downhill runs and tuff uphill climb to get to the top. Best downhill runs I've done in the midwest. Closest thing to Colorado.

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5
VALUE
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5
[Nov 10, 1998]
Barron

These trails kick ass, at least they did the last time I rode them. There is some great technical stuff combined with long strenuous climbs and fast downhills. Some of the best trails in Wisconsin...beats the hell out of the Kettle Morraine Trails. Call ahead to check trail conditions because when its wet this place gets very MUDDY. Last time I checked a trail pass was $7 per day. They have lodging right here, and there's never a crowd...unless there's a race going on.

Customer Service

The race courses usually run clockwise here, beginning with a climb up the ski hill. I recommend riding it the other way (counter-clockwise) that way you can ride down the ski hill at some insanely fast speeds...limited only by the size of your big ring. Enter the trails by the golf course and explore the expert trails which branch off of the main trail.

Similar Products Used:

Check out the many MTB races that are usually held here each year.

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5
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[Jan 10, 1999]
Braeden

The trails are as fun as you want them to be. You can spend 3 hours climbing the side trails, great workout, fun? nope. It is best just to go straight up the main trail, takes about 15 minutes of extremly difficult climbing. Bring plenty of tubes, no bike shops nearby. Consider a fullface. The trails rip. You will probably never go faster.

Customer Service

Depending on the type of rider you are there are two routes. If you are a wannabe with a 33 pound freeride bike then climb up the ski hill, then fly down it hitting 45-50 mph, with very little skill. If you are a real man, climb that same ski hill and go of the side. Sweet singletrack. You go about half as fast, but there are still no climbs and it is rooty, twisting and heavily forrested. Hope you have descent brakes.

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4
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[Feb 09, 1999]
Annonymous

i just raced on this trail for the summer games. It was on the day after it had rained and most parts were perfect but some parts were competely mud and some others were slippery, which made it all the more fun. This is the best trail I've been on in a long time. But it is really hard since this is a larger ski resport and we had to go up and down the mountain.

Customer Service

huh?

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5
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[Apr 04, 1999]
Ethan

The network of trails they have constructed takes you all over the mountain. You can choose the rolling less technical cross country ski trails or do the more advanced sections that are located almost all over the hill. It is true that they charge $7.oo for a day trail pass, which I think keeps more people from going. Each year there are races held at Devils Head, they heve different events including X-country, Dual Salom, Downhill, and Uphill races.

Customer Service

Don't try and use the maps they give you, I have been riding there for four years now and still can't understand them. Just go up one side of the hill and along the top and come down the other.

Similar Products Used:

Devils Lake State Park, Kettle Morane State Park, Levis and Trow mound trail system, Black Hawk Ski Aera(Middleton)

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5
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