ModerateThis is a very popular loop, often tackled after work by local riders. It’s also a good place to start for anyone new to road biking, or to the Driftless region. It heads west across the mighty Mississippi and through the village of La Crescent before beginning a journey up the rural Pine Creek Valley. The rolling road closely follows Pine Creek (a fine trout stream) before starting a relatively gradual climb to the top of the Minnesota bluffs. After a couple of options for stops in the small town of Nodine, the route hugs the edges of the bluffs above the Mississippi river valley and passes through apple orchards before a fast sweeping descent into La Crescent and back to La Crosse.

 

35 Miles

Ride with GPS

Apple Blossom Loop
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Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

Norski Tur

Norski Tur

Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

La Crosse River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

North-East Route

North-East Route

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Speed’s Bike Shop

Speed’s Bike Shop