Levis Mound - TRAIL

Levis Mound - Trail, Neilsville, Wisconsin

Great single track, cliff hanging, hair raising stuff. Some steep hills. Sandy, rocky. Technical to easy riding. Something for everyone. Definitely worth a visit.

User Reviews (53)

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Alyssum   Cross Country Rider [Sep 15, 2009]

I am new and old to the sport. Started out many years ago and then dropped it to have children. I have now been riding lots since last spring. Went to Gnomefest and really enjoyed these trails. I liked that it had so many levels. As a female I can honestly say that any beginner can ride these trails. I was able to work up to some intermediate trails and tried my hand at a difficult trail called Sidewinder. The sand was a challenge, but over the weekend I was able to negotiate it better. The upper Hermosa had a great switchback section that was almost like a switchbacks put into a halfpipe. Way Fun. The trails had great flow and rewarded you with great downhills after tackling your climbs. I will be back!

Customer Service

I liked the swamp cut to yellow jecket, then take the upper hermosa to the lower hermosa back to swamp cut. It was a good introduction to the trail system. Not too hard but not beginner.

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5
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4
cdkrenz   Cross Country Rider [Oct 21, 2008]

Long flowy trail in the flatlands leading to areas of semi intense climbs as the peaks near. The entire trail system can be ridden utilizing only singletrack. There are areas of singletrack for beginners to learn but the more advanced riders will have a field day. There are long climbs followed by long flowing fast downhills. Make sure you come ready to ride. This is no ride in the park.

Customer Service

From the East parking lot off of Fisher Avenue grab a trail map and follow along. Take Upper Glen to Lower Glen and connect with Swamp Cut. From there follow Yellow Jacket all the way to the top. Once your at the top head out on Sidewinder. You'll see Sidewinder is not a mapped trail. Follow Sidewinder all the way around the hillside until you get back to Upper Hermosa. Stay on that all the way down to Hermosa and then Lower Hermosa. When Lower Hermosa ends navigate to Dead Turkey. Stay on Dead Turkey until you reach Toad Road and get ready to climb. Follow Toad Road to the top. You'll know when you're there. While you're up there you may as well take in the entire trail system that's been built on top of this giant mound. Once you're done exploring at the top find a route that takes you down and head back to the parking lot where you'll have some good brew waiting. Believe me, you'll have earned it!

Similar Products Used: Standing Rocks outside of Stevens Point is about an hour and a half east and 9-Mile in Wausau is about 2 hours northeast.
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5
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5
Buzzman   Cross Country Rider [Sep 09, 2008]

Many many improvements during the past year by NASTI: Re-routes of Porky Point, Upper Glen, Goat Dance and Switchback...make this trail much better. Snodgrass also received major upgrades in the form of bridges and ramps. Toad Road was probably most improved with a 40' extention of the "Plumers Crack" bridge and massive rock bustin to make it much more rideable.

Gnomefest just completed a succesful and hopefully satisfing weekend and will return with happy riders in '09!

Customer Service

TR, Sidewinder, Yellowjacket, Cliffhanger and so many others.

Similar Products Used: Nine Mile in Wausau,, WI
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4
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4
StumpjumpKing   Weekend Warrior [Sep 04, 2008]

Drove to Wisc from Minnesota to ride this trail, John Muir and Blue Mounds. John Muir was pretty fun and heavily maintained, but expensive ($14 ouch). Levis is much rougher and less attention has been paid to this trail. The low, flat trails are ok (except for the incredible amount of roots all over the place requiring a full suspension ride), but the trails up onto the "mound" are marginal. Many climbs with the handlebar in your mouth (straight up!) with roots, rocks and sand make them hike-a-bikes. These trails have potential to be great, but an organization (like MORC or WORC or whatever) will have to step up and put tons of work in.

Customer Service

Yellow Jacket

Similar Products Used: John Muir is much better buffed (even with crazy roots and rocks).
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2
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5
bykpedlr   Cross Country Rider [Oct 23, 2007]

Levis Mound is the cat's ass! The trails at Levis/Trow offers something for everyone IMO, ski trail from easy rolling hills to steep ups and downs if you desire. Then there's the single track, everything from technical rocky benchcut to smooth and flowing. Good sand based trails that don't bog you down, eye widening cliff egde bench cut, awesome lookouts, camping at the trail head and a cheap trail pass. The crew at Levis/ Trow Mound have done an outstanding job, it's well worth the three our drive from Rockford!

Customer Service

Yellow Jacket, Goat Dance, Upper Hermosa, Dead Turkey, Switchback, Toad Rd.. Ride Toad rd. and Switchback CCW.

Similar Products Used: John Muir, Blue Mounds.
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5
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4
RedMosquito   Cross Country Rider [Sep 08, 2006]

A very diverse trail. Most of the routes on the mounds were generally pretty technical, and not recommended for people who aren't fond of steep bench cuts. The trails connecting the mounds were pretty flat, but still enjoyable. I rode on Labor Day weekend for two days and only saw 4 other riders total.

Customer Service

Be sure to ride Cliffhanger, Toad Road, North Face, and Porky Point for the tech. Ride Yellow Jacket, Goat Dance, and the Hermosa trails for a good x-country ride.

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5
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3
rhenry14   Racer [Sep 07, 2006]

Very cool place to ride and don’t imagine it ever gets crowded. Very well marked and most intersections with the helpful “you are here” marker.

Fair amount of sand, especially on the lower x-country ski trails, but really not to bad.

The upper sections of the mound(s) are single track, pretty darn technical and very fun. Be prepared to jump off your bike every once in a while, and hope that you’re not next to a steep drop off. Tough to get a good rhythm for any length of time but maybe that’s just because it was my first time here

Super views from the tops of the mounds.

Trailhead is right at the corner of 95 and J.

If you like to mtn bike, and are within 100 miles of this place, you should make the trip.

I’m from Chicago and I know I’ll be back.

Here is a great link that will tell you everything else you need to know, and has a bazillion pictures to get you psyched to ride.

http://www.morcmtb.org/trailreviews/outofstate/Wisconsin/levis.shtml

Customer Service

Northface, sidewinder, or any of the single track.

Similar Products Used: IF you considering this or Black River Falls, do this one everytime.
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5
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3
buzzman63   Cross Country Rider [Sep 02, 2006]

Just focusing on the new "Sidewinder" trail located on the NW portion of the trail system. This is freshly built, ad as such, somewhat soft yet. Looks like there is about 50' to complete, but it still can all be ridden. Of all the trails here-this is by far the most scenic and offers the most exposure. It's not technical really (Save that for Toad road!) just a bit tricky and almost always on a steep bench cut sidehill. If you slide off the trail....it may take a while to stop! There are three levels of trail-meaning the route starts off traversing this mound counter clockwise, then reverses and climbs above it self clockwise-way cool and you can see the lower trail below. It is a one way trail only and starts and ends on Buck Hill near Upper hermosa. There is a 20' bridge also-spanning to rock faces-might suprise some people!

Customer Service

Sidewinder aka: Brokeback mounatin ;) (by the trail builders...yikes, a lot of bench cut!

Similar Products Used: Goat Dance-3 mi singletrack loop. Toad Road on Levis Mound-way technical and rocky now. CliffHanger-nice climb to the top of Levis Mound.
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5
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3
ngindles   Cross Country Rider [Aug 05, 2006]

This trail system is awesome!!! It has something for everyone, like hills, twists, turns, and ridges. I went on a weekday and only saw one other rider for the 4 hours that I was there, if only it was closer to Madison. I highly recomend it.

Customer Service

Goat Dance.... watch out for the fallen tree's.

Similar Products Used: I normally ride John Muir at Kettle Morraine South, it's the best I can find close to Madison.
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5
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5
Otis Driftwood   Weekend Warrior [Aug 01, 2005]

What a trail! A lot of the reviews have been right-on, but I would add that beginners should be warned that there is some dangerous trail in this system. I am beginner-intermediate, and Cliffhanger scared me, I tell you. Northface had some hairy parts as well. Youre riding on a couple feet of trail, big drops right next to you, and rocks and sand at certain points where you really could wipe out. If you fell, you could do some damage. Dont be scared off, but caution is good. The sand here is challenging. I really wish there were not so much, but like one of the locals said, its part of the lanscape, to be dealt with. There are some uphills with sand and rock where I couldnt imagine anyone getting up, except a pro. I stayed mostly on the single track and avoided the ski trails and the ATV trails. The lack of other riders is great here. The mound itself - up corkscrew, then Clarence, then the whole system there in the pines - too sweet. Any level rider can get a decent rythym going up there. Great views from the bluffs. We saw what we thought were 8-10 golden eagles, probably juveniles, flying around. It was awesome. The ATVs puncture the silence and the calm here. Fat guys with American flags attached. I find it hard to believe that anyone, even a pro, could get up Corkscrew without pushing. But Im just a lowely amatuer. What do I know? If anyone has any comment on that, I would like to see it. Avoid the strip club unless you like northwoods girls with rolls of fat hanging out their panties. But the people up here are super friendly, really nice.

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5
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4
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