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The River Trail (Bonzai)

Average Rating:    (3.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 9

Technical singletrack with little climbing. Lots of tricky sections to test your skills. Bonzai is a well known local area for jumping. Best thing in the city.
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Latitude
43.07134878481635
Longitude
-87.8925347328186
Trail Directions
This trail paralells the east and west side banks of the milwaukee river. The best parts can be found from port washington road at the north to north avenue at the south.
Trail Length
7 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Milwaukee
   


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Review Date
September 8, 2012

Overall Rating
 1 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Maxhammer ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Honestly the trail is good, and I can see the appeal. Can't add to what is already here. I used to hang around these trails years ago and the area folks were pretty sketchy sometimes, even back then!

Recommended Route:
Just keep driving and hit ANY trail anywhere else in the state

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anywhere there aren't monkeys that want to rob you or steal your bike, or are hanging around your vehicle peaking in the windows looking for stuff to steal.



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Review Date
November 12, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: MidWestern Son ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Good tail in the city. Runs from Hampton Ave. to North Ave. on both the East and West side of the river. Decent network of trails on the East side of the river, the East side of the river also holds more technical trails. The trail is set on the bottom of the river ravine, so there are some steep climes and descents up and down the bluff, near the river there are some good rockgardens, tough to carry through on a hard tale. Recent additions of some ladder obstacles, Bonzai is a decent gut check. I grew up riding this trail and have never had any problems with the trail ie bums, bike thieves etc. But I have heard of others who have, so keep your wits with you, you'll be fine.

Recommended Route:
I enter the trail at Hubbard park in Shorewood, then ride South to North Ave, then cross, ride North to Hampton Ave, cross again then South back to Hubbard park. This route starts out with technical single track then leads to fairly mellow XC stint on the West side of the river, then ends with good single track again on the East side again. Any route is good, just go ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Only trail in the city. Alpha trail at Crystal Ridge is also good. Kettle Moraine north and south are the best in South east WI.



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Review Date
September 3, 2008

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: RudeSechsVibe ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
It a good AM trail. Love bombing the crater! It did get some heavy erosion during the flood and now there are some very sketchy rock gardens to look out for if you have a short travel hardtail. Overall, it's fun and techy. Best in Miltown.

I wouldn't worry about getting mugged as long as you can grapple and throw people with MMA skillz. My bike makes a pretty good bum ram if I carry the right speed. Just remember to lead with your helmet so as not to catch your bars on tattered hobo clothing.

Recommended Route:
I drop in by Auer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hoyt is okay. Crystal Ridge/Alpha Trail is better...more speed, more climbs & drops. No bums to run over tho.



Comments
foolonthehill (09/04/2009)
Joel's River Adventure and Bonzai/River Trail are the same thing. The bums and bangers must be on the west side of the river; you don't see em' on the east side of the river.
buzz advert (09/28/2009)
Sorry, no bums and bangers on the west side when I go there. Though you're libel to see a lot of unthreatening fishermen. Admittedly, though, I worry about my bike being easy pickings. But I've never gotten close to an actual person that seriously concerned me.
RudeSechsVibe (09/29/2009)
That's good to hear. I would hate to have to fight tooth and nail for one of my investments.

BTW, who the hell is Joel? Did he blaze this trail or something?
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Review Date
November 30, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Ithnu ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Pretty good single track for WI, great if you live downtown Milwaukee. No huge climbs, but lots of little off shoot trails with short technical climbs and rock gardens to be found.

I live in CO now and used to ride this all the time in WI.



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Review Date
March 26, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: bepperb ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a pretty good trail considering it's location. It's much longer than anything else I've found without leaving the city. I wouldn't worry about getting mugged, I see single women walking dogs along the trail all the time. Broken glass could be a problem, I usually bring a cellphone.

Recommended Route:
I get on at the northwest corner of the north avenue bridge. Take that north all the way to Port Washington, then cross and take the east side back. This way you can take the bike path if you need to get back quick.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Kettle Moraine Southern Unit



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