Joel's River Adventure - Trail, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Joel's River Adventure - Trail, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

DESCRIPTION

10 miles of very technical single track, which follows the Milwaukee River on the East and West banks. YOU better bring extra patches, a tire pump, and a tool to fix your bike, because you are going to need it for this trail. I have seen one too many people (including myself) stranded due to equipment failure. So, STAP A PAIR ON, and hit this trail up!

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 12, 2012]
Tim
Cross Country Rider

Just got back from a mountain biking trip in Sedona and Tuscon area. I cannot wiat to get back on this trail again. I live in the Milwaukee area and Love this trail...great mix of everything and I still think the most technical trail in the area, really puts a smile on my face every time. Also, with Wisconsin weather the trail is never the same. Being able to loop around and come back on the West side of the river is a nice thing to have. If your not crashin then your not going fast enough...ride hard!

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Jan 06, 2012]
Jason De Carlo
Cross Country Rider

I have been riding this trail for about 20+yrs now and very disappointed on the name change, and since when did it change. The Milwaukee River trails is what this will always be and who the heck is the new name anyway, lame. If your a rider you will strongly appreciate them once you have rode them and then ride something else. These trails have defined me as a rider, technically mixed in with some fast spots. I have rode xc all of the U.S. and I still call these trails home. Change the name back because whoever changed them are disrespecting the riders that originally made these trails what they are today, without us the derek, john, kevin, joe trails whatever you want to name them, your lame and switch em back. Love, peace and chain grease. JD

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 04, 2009]
foolonthehill
Weekend Warrior

When did this trail become Joel's River Adventure? Anyone from the east side knows it as the Milwaukee River Trails or as the Bonzai Bowl trails. The bowl that is mentioned in most of the reviews is the most distinctive feature. It's on the east side of the river near the Cambridge and Edgewood street entrance to the Cambridge Woods bike path. You get of this path and jump in on the trails that are closer to the river. These 2003 reviews about homeless people and gangters are ridiculous. I am down there EVERYDAY (I don't ride everyday down there but hike quite a bit with my dog) and most of the time you see no one or a trail runner or walker walking their dog. Under the bridges, there is some graffiti but the broken glass is rare.

Other reviewers have also pointed out that this is not an "official" trail and that is partially correct. Last year though, the Urban Ecology Center and volunteers did build a multi-purpose trail south of Locust along the river to North Avenue that is legit. You really do just have to get down there and mess around. Do be careful the first time through though because, reviewers are right, it can be very technical, or end in dead ends or crazy descents or climbs.

Customer Service

I don't really get to the west side of the river so I can only recommend the east side. Jump in at North Avenue. You could park in the McDonald's parking lot or go down under the North Avenue Bridge by the Bayou Bar and get down by the old Wheelhouse....it's closed. It's a tricky place to find; ask around. Once there though you'll find the trail on the east side and then just have at it and go north at least to Hubbard Lodge. So many little twists and turns it's hard to say a recommended route. I will say though, you don't want to end up right next to the river. Deadends and raccoon trails and tall grass are mostly down there. Kinda keep right but still down near the river.

Similar Products Used:

The same ones everyone else recommends: Kettle Moraine South at La Grange both Emma Carlin and John Muir. Kettle Moraine North is supposed to have some new singletrack at Greenbush and I've heard that it's really good. Actually might go there tomorrow.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 15, 2008]
chunkmastafunk2
Cross Country Rider

I am Joel. Haha. Its a great technical trail that allows you to get out of the city while still being in the city. Use caution as the terrain can change. Any questions just let me know. Bring patches and or pump. Don't forget your balls for the bowl or ride the ledge.

Customer Service

Head to the end of Riverboat road. You can jump on either trail there using the footbridge and park your vehicle in a safe spot.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
2
[Jun 04, 2008]
Robert White
Cross Country Rider

I live 1/4 mile from this trail system and for Milwaukee city dwellers or UWM students this is a great every day trail or if you just have an hour to spare. No climbs at all but lots of fun sections. The west bank is faster less technical far more speedy. East side is slower more technical but it has multiple entry points from the Oak Leaf paved path. Defo take supplies because there are rocks and roots everywhere. North side of Capital section holds a lot of water and gets muddy easier.

Customer Service

Start on either side of river from North Ave. West side is easier.

Similar Products Used:

If you have a car go to Kettle Moraine trail system for more difficult rides. Worth the drive.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Dec 13, 2004]
MartyW
Cross Country Rider

The "Milwaukee River Trails" although long established and used often is not legally open to bikes. There is currently (Dec. 2004) only one legal MTB trail in the county, the Alpha Trail in Franklin

Similar Products Used:

Alpha Trail

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[May 11, 2004]
matt2142
Cross Country Rider

Fairly technical single and double track with more tech single track found between locust and capitol on the east side of the river. A lot of ladder bridges to make it interesting and a few areas to catch some air. Don't miss out on the horseshoe shaped rollercoaster, just remember to keep peddaling or you wont make it back up the other side.

Customer Service

Warm up on the west side starting at North up to Capitol, go over bridge to east side and head south back to North

Similar Products Used:

Glacial Blue Hills

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
1
[May 05, 2004]
therealfc
Weekend Warrior

I live close to this trail so its a no brainer for me to ride it but even if I lived miles away I would make the trip. I enjoy these trails and ride them nearly everyday in the spring, summer and fall. They rarely get old with the constant addition of new ladders, jumps and tricks. There is the broken glass but it has never caused me a flat but I never go out without patches. If anyone is from the area and wants to go out on this trail e-mail me im always looking for people to ride with.

Customer Service

drop in anywhere and pedal hard and often

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Nov 17, 2003]
WinPatrice
Downhiller

This is the best trail you will find in Milwaukee. I have ridden it all my life and have never once been robbed or jacked or anything like that on the trail. You just have to be fast to out ride the gangstas. You will get your ass kicked on this trail so ride with a buddy because when you break something or split your head open, you don't want to be by yourself.

Customer Service

North ave to Hampton on both sides of the river.

Similar Products Used:

none

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Sep 29, 2003]
Anothrcld1
Weekend Warrior

This trail rocks and on top of those rocks you'll find homeless and their broken glass on the trails but thats OK. On a serious note this trail is not for the walmart biker, a balenced bike with a sturdy rider on top of it is required. Also ride with a buddy, its more fun to watch you buddy get his butt kicked by the trail and two is better than one when it comes to getting robbed or harrassed by the non-bikers you'll be flying by. You'll be going up ladder bridges over tree and streams, under trees and practicaly in the river at some points. If you like to get dirty hit the west side by Port Washinton

Customer Service

Do the East side of the river from North to Port Washinton and then loop back and hit the west side from Port Washinton to Locust. Then go to the Bikesmiths on Locust to fix your bike

Similar Products Used:

Kettle Moraine

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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