This is a short loop with one easy and one hard climb. It’s a favorite for locals who need a quick after-work training ride. Since it’s so short there’s no convenience store stops on this self-supported route, but since it’s La Crosse there are frequent drive-ins and roadside taverns along the way.  The heads to the northeast of La Crosse with an easy hill before a fast descent into Barre Mills. There a slow climb starts at the intersection of County FO. After a mile of gradual climbing you’ll hit The Wall, the final steep stretch to the top of the ridge. After riding along the ridge, a spur leads you to the overlook at the end of Grandad Bluff.  The incredible view is itself worth the trip. The ride down the bluff is technical and busy, with blind curves: some caution is in order.

Route (23 miles)

Ride with GPS

La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Atten: Bicycling in the Driftless Region
410 Veterans Memorial Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
(800) 658-9424 or (608) 782-2366