Wildcat Trail Cluster - Black River State Forest Professional Review and Guide
"The Wildcat Trail loops are very difficult and are meant for more advanced riders. Three separate loops offer 10 miles of trails. The Norway Pine and Red Oak loops are laid out side by side like the chambers of a massive heart. The Norway Pine Trail measures 2.7 miles and is the most difficult, rising out of the parking lot immediately with two quick, difficult climbs taking riders out to the edge of a ridge looking out across the forest. The Red Oak Trail covers an equal distance but with subtler climbs. Both are one-way trails ridden over a mix of grass, sand, and hardpack. Both share the same return path that runs a full mile down the center of the loops. The descent that ends the ride is sure to get the adrenaline flowing. The Wildcat Loop covers 4 miles and is found at the intersection of the Red Oak and Norway Pine loops. This is a very difficult loop with several hard climbs, rough descents and, of course, glorious views of the countryside. In contrast to the Smrekar Cluster, which takes riders along the edges of ridges, the Wildcat Cluster is a mound in itself, visible from miles around and covered in snaking, fat-tire paths.
The entire cluster takes an hour and a half to cover at a good pace. As mentioned in the previous chapter, this Cluster makes a perfect second day of riding after day one on the Smrekar Trails and a night camping at Pigeon Creek."