Devil’s Head Challenge

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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This tour visits an area with many geologic quartzite remnants that date back to prehistoric times and offers the cyclist the temptation of several scenic challenges. You leave from a town nestled along the river that was named after a French explorer. Riding counterclockwise, this metric century follows the river to the west and then coasts down to a town that is home to the Mid-Continental Railway Museum, where you can see a rare survivor of steam trains, the 1907 Chicago & Northwestern locomotive No. 1388. You will then circle back to the east, ride below the ridge, and travel along the southern cliffs of Devil’s Lake State Park. Next you’ll cruise south down to the Wisconsin River and enjoy free passage across it by ferry. On the other side, take a circle tour around Gibraltar Rock and then through a village the Indians named for its good fishing. After returning on the ferry, the challenge will demand your energy reserve as you climb up the ridge, passing a Scottish estate. Once at the summit, adjust your cadence and cruise back into Baraboo.
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Road Biking Wisconsin

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)

This tour visits an area with many geologic quartzite remnants that date back to prehistoric times and offers the cyclist the temptation of several scenic challenges. You leave from a town nestled along the river that was named after a French explorer. Riding counterclockwise, this metric century follows the river to the west and then coasts down to a town that is home to the Mid-Continental Railway Museum, where you can see a rare survivor of steam trains, the 1907 Chicago & Northwestern locomotive No. 1388.

You will then circle back to the east, ride below the ridge, and travel along the southern cliffs of Devil’s Lake State Park. Next you’ll cruise south down to the Wisconsin River and enjoy free passage across it by ferry. On the other side, take a circle tour around Gibraltar Rock and then through a village the Indians named for its good fishing. After returning on the ferry, the challenge will demand your energy reserve as you climb up the ridge, passing a Scottish estate. Once at the summit, adjust your cadence and cruise back into Baraboo.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Baraboo
Distance: 61
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Spring through fall
Local Contacts: Baraboo Area Chamber of Commerce
Local Maps: DeLorme: Wisconsin Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 35 A6.
Driving Directions: Directions to Devil’s Head Challenge

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Apr 2018