Standing Rock Trails

Amherst, Wisconsin 54406

Standing Rock Trails

Standing Rock Trails Professional Review and Guide

"The Standing Rock Trails near Stevens Point are named for the glacial erratics that dot the surrounding forest and cover some areas of the trail. Erratics, or “hitchhikers,” are rocks that caught a ride south in the ice of glaciers, which scooped them up in one area and deposited them in another. In some areas of the state the rocks ended up perched precariously atop bluffs or other erratics. At Standing Rocks the rocks are doing just that, standing.

Many are the size of a Volkswagen; others, like the ones encountered on the trail, are much smaller and just add some challenge to the terrain. The mountain bike trails cover 10 miles along the western shore of Bear Lake and in the surrounding forests. The deer population is high in this area of the state and several may be spotted during each ride. Some of the better-traveled portions of the trail are on single- and doubletrack, but the majority of the riding is on the forest floor—uneven grass, rocks, and worn patches of soil. Some of the hilly sections, especially climbs, are filled in with red gravel and riders are asked to stay on this to prevent further erosion of these high-use areas."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
May to October. Fall riding is enjoyable because of the temperatures, but any time is nice in this area. The forest will protect riders from summer sun, and trailside vegetation is not thick enough to hold heat the way meadow grass can in the summer.
Wisconsin Department of Tourism 608-266-2161 and Wisconsin Off-Road Bike Association 608-222-5608.
Local Contacts
The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Amherst.
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Jul 2018