Coon Valley Coulee Express Bicycle Route

Moderately-Hard
It’s your call — choose any of the three loops,  adding hills and miles to this tour of the coulees of the Driftless.  All three options start with a small climb just northeast of La Crosse before the fast descent into Barre Mills. But this is just a warm- up before the big County YY climb up the Highway 33 ridge. The shortest option then heads back to La Crosse with a fast descent down County YY and back to the city on the HWY 14/61 shoulder.   The two remaining options head east to St. Joseph’s Ridge and the first stop at the friendly folks at the local Star Market.  A big descent of the ridge is then followed by the inevitable long, gradual climb. A twisting descent on Hwy 162 takes riders into Coon Valley, with several rest break options. The medium-length 48 mile loop then follows Coon Creek to Chaseburg before the final big climb over Church Hill on County K and back to La Crosse. But back in Coon Valley, those who choose the long loop now have a “Driftless monster” of a climb up Sveum Ridge Road (also known as Old Mill road). This climb has grades as steep as 17-18 percent and a scenic switchback though an old farm at the top.  A few additional rollers await before the descent to Chaseburg and the last climb on County K on the return to La Crosse.

Short Route (29 miles)

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Medium Route (48 miles)

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Long Route (56 miles)

Ride with GPS

Sveum Ridge Road Climb
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Norski Tur

Norski Tur

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

River Trail Cycles

River Trail Cycles

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

La Crosse River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

North-East Route

North-East Route

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight