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La Crosse Trails aka Human Powered Trails

Average Rating:    (4.9 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 21

Double track on top in the open fields and singletrack in the woods. This trail was just opened in the fall of 2001 and is still being expanded. The local mountainbiking group (Velo Club?) had a big hand in this so thank them for their hard work.

Once off the top of the bluff and into the woods the trails turn into expert singletrack. The singletrack involves steep climbs and decents with tight switchback turns. there are lots of obstacles (i.e. roots and rocks)on the trail.

This trail is not for the faint of heart. The swithbacks are located on steep terrain so take the turn too wide you end up tumbling down the wooded hillside. The trail can be slick in spots. If the trail is wet, riding becomes extremely difficult due to the steep terrain. It is hard to keep a grip on the trail.

I rated the skill level extreme because of the tight switchback and grade.
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Latitude
43.822204750331174
Longitude
-91.1920166015625
Trail Directions
Bliss Road (Grand Dad's Bluff)to CTH FA. Right on CTH FA about a 0.5 mile or so to the trailhead. Trailhead is located adjacent to Nation Weather Service Station.
Trail Length
as of right now 6 miles I think
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
La Crosse
   


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Review Date
April 22, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: wreckwooton ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Velo club has thought of it all. Just past the parking lot next to the doppler station is a sick little dirtjumper track that works almost like a natural babysitter. I had two Clydesdales with me and we got lost and turned onto the French Connection. You can tell a good trail when ppl are trying to exclaim how awesome it is between raspy breaths. Granted, I can count the amount of trails I've hit on two hands. I still just dont see getting so surprised by the scope and forethought of a trail system again as long as I live. Awesome.

Recommended Route:
We took a left at the dirt track down the hill into the trees. there were some sick looking trails uphill to the right but they were shut down at the time we went through. going back soon.



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Review Date
March 29, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Douglas Borden ,  Racer

Summary:
Hey this trail is sweet! Slow and bumpy single track at the start, but once you get into the woods it is gnarly. It is not especially friendly to single speeders because of a couple of steep climbs, but overall I have a great time I go out.

Recommended Route:
Moonshine, this trail is fun and technical on the downhill and then has a beast of a climb at the end!

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Holzinger Trails in Winona, MN



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Review Date
February 23, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mountaingoat11 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail system is one of the best in Wisconsin. A friend and I rode for two days this Summer and had a blast. The trail is pretty technical in spots, but also has good beginner loops and plenty of trail to explore. The designers of this system should give themselves a pat on the back. It made great use of the space and elevation.
The days we rode it was sprinkling and wet, so the roots and rocks were a little more treacherous than normal, but it was still excellent.

Recommended Route:
Don't recall exactly, but Obie 1 was a great spur and The french connection was cool.



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Review Date
August 8, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: bigdaddyof4 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Traveled to the Lacrosse area for work and found this trail on MTBR. What a great ride. This trail has a lot to offer anyone. The logs are a nice touch and the trails are well marked and incredibly taken care of. Nice job to the "Velo?" club for maintaining an outstanding trail system. If you are in Lacrosse looking for a great ride you have to ride the HPT. One thing to keep in mind if you are from out of the area the soil and tree roots can be a bit slick. I ride in the desert and mountains in So Cal and my Panaracer fire XC's didn't seem to be up to the task. The guys at Bikes LTD in LaCrosse hooked me up with a new set equal to the challenge.

Recommended Route:
the TT route seems to cover most of the trails. I followed that and then looked around for anything I missed.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
TNT is a pretty sweet downhill run. It is right across the street from the HPT trails. Nice climb back up too!!!



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Review Date
June 2, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: duggus ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Wow!!! I was in town visiting and thought I'd check out if there were any good local trails....and this one takes the cake!!!!! This is almost one of my favorite trails of all the ones I have been on so far. Lots of sweet singletrack with lots of decents and winding. Watch your elbows, it gets narrow at some spots! If your in the LaCrosse area and you mountain bike, you HAVE to ride this trail. Enjoy!!

Recommended Route:
I just followed the black arrows for the singletrack, some of the blue tracks are also difficult. It was all fun.



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