Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit John Muir Trails

Eagle, Wisconsin 53119

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit John Muir Trails

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit: John Muir Trails Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Some of the best mountain biking trails in southeastern Wisconsin, this trail system is also a rugged hiking destination through a lot of kettle moraine terrain. The long outside loop follows footpaths through some pine plantation and forest, as well as along narrow moraine ridges and past water-filled kettles. A hiker’s-only spur trail ventures to an old lime kiln.

Kettle Moraine is the name of the state forest, and kettle moraines are some of the defining characteristics of this hike. The rough terrain made it ideal for laying out singletrack for mountain bikers, but it is also a joy for hikers. Give way to bikers and be sure to hike opposite the direction of bike traffic—they can come quickly."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kevin Revolinksi
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"A challenging trail climbs up and down through oak and pine forests along the rubble deposits of the last glaciers. Don’t let the mountain bikers discourage you: This is a hiking trail as well. The abundance of ridges and kettles offers challenges to boots and wheels alike, and the extensive trail system leaves plenty of room for everyone. Watch for deer and turkey, as well as many songbirds. Walking into the trail system from the trailhead, take the first right. You must go against bike traffic for safety. This trail cuts 0.1 mile to the actual loop in the same way that the leftbound trail does in the opposite direction. Between the two trails is 0.1 mile of the trail. At the juncture, go right to stay in the proper trail direction, heading north. At 0.15 mile, the Red Trail comes from the left." Read more

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit: John Muir Trails Reviews

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The mountain biking trails are great- John Muir for the more adventurous, Emma Carlin and the connector for the single track but less technical ride. GET A TRAIL PASS. The ticket for parking or riding without a pass is $15. The corner store, which also sells the trail passes, has FABULOUS food. Also have supplies for your bike, and have both mountain and road bike rentals. You can also park your car at the store parking lot, and ride the 1.5 miles to the trailhead for the John Muir trails. This will save you $7! Pine Woods campground is nearby, and has very comfy campsites that are more like camping in the woods than putting a tent up in a parking lot. Road cycling is decent, although can get heavy on the traffic on the weekends.
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Trail Information

Eagle
Nearby City
12
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit, S91 W39091 Hwy. 59, Eagle, WI 53119; (262) 594-6200; dnr.wi.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Little Prairie; at state park office, on map boards and website
Local Maps

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Dec 2018