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Underdown

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

6,944 acres of county forest. 20 miles of single track.
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Latitude
45.3292
Longitude
-89.5824
Trail Length
20 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Gleason
State/Territory/Province
WI
Zip/Postal Code
54435
Country
US
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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 8, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jason ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Very challenging. Lots of climbing or descending, very little flat. The trails do not have the rock gardens of Nine Mile but the climbing combined with what roots and rocks there are make this a really challenging trail. You will work very hard out here.

Bug spray is a MUST. Flies and mosquitos are brutal out here.

Recommended Route:
The Octoberfest trail/hill were a blast.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nine Mile



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Review Date
May 5, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: TrapperK2 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Worth the trip!

Recommended Route:
Octoberfest

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Nine Mile, Levis Mound,



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Review Date
March 10, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Thunderdown12 ,  Racer

Summary:
Underdown is 20 miles of challenging single-track that overlaps about 20 miles of ski trails. 7 miles of snow single track were ride-able for 3 weeks in a row this winter, but of course conditions have to cooperate. 27 bridges and counting have been built to keep you high and dry, or just fired up. You'll ride past several lakes, and you really do feel like you're in the middle of nowhere.

This area was named for Bill Underdown, a homesteader who died about 70 years ago. The county took the place to cover his bills. His homestead is near trail J.

Recommended Route:
New riders should get a map from the box that usually has them, but you'l have to forgive this all-volunteer operation if they run out once in a while. Race details, trail conditions, and maps are at http://thunderdown12.blogspot.com/

There are too many cool trails for me to recommend just one. Trail U has some twisted bridges. There are switchbacks, berms, and rollers all over. Homestead is the biggest hill, at least an hour and a half round trip.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Washburn



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Review Date
August 7, 2011

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: buzz advert ,  Racer

Summary:
Don't know why this trail wasn't even posted as many people in northern Wisconsin have recommend the trail. I've only ridden it once so take the review with some salt. First, love the unusual two preposition name, though a more apt appellation would be Updown. You're either going up or going down on these trails. It's aerobically challenging. In fact, it's certainly one of the most challenging single track trail systems in Wisconsin. Aside from having to climb a lot, the trails are technical. Expect to go very few miles per hour.

These are not good trails for beginners. I'd say hearty weekend warriors may like them. Otherwise, they seem to be for intermediate to more avid mountain bikers. After retrying some of the trails, I did settle in and got more comfortable, which suggests that if you got familiar with the trails, you could maybe manage them with less than amazing aerobic or technical ability. Or perhaps if you knew the best routes to take.

The trails are not far from Highway 51 but really in the middle of nowhere. I was there on a weekend, it was 75 and sunny in August and it was as crowded as the North Pole. I was tempted to leave bread crumbs behind me as there were no maps available. A good sense of direction and noticing "landmarks" will do you wonders here, but if they put some damn maps in the damn map box you'll be fine as the lettering system for trails works well if you have something (i.e., a map) that corresponds to the letters on the posted signs. Best to ride with a friend, unless your family's ok with your body being found 3 to 4 weeks later. And while we're on the subject of life, also bring an extra gallon of blood because the mosquitoes will demand that amount as a sacrifice to their ravishing needs. Seriously, bring some industrial strength bug spray and reapply often, about every 10 yards or so.

This review may sound like it's not an endorsement of the trails. Au contraire! I would certainly return. Doubling my pleasure at Underdown would require: 1) A Map; 2) A riding partner(s). Both of those would be nice in any event, but here they're more necessary than usual for survival purposes.

Recommended Route:
Start with Z for a warm up out of the SW corner of the parking lot. Then do Z backwards. (Or just take Z to A.) Then go down the gravel road south from the middle of the lot to A, B, then C and other out of order letters counter-clockwise.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
9 Mile Forest. Lake Washburn Trails.



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