Moderately-HardMaps-Replacement-Icon-2016This challenging ride has fantastic views and four big climbs, making it a perennial favorite that we sometimes just abbreviate as the DRMSR.  “Most” scenic is debatable — everyone has their favorites. But while there’s a lot of pretty scenery all around the region, this ride to the west features wider horizons and longer views than the winding coulees on the eastern side of the Mississippi. On this route, the driftless region’s diverse geology provides numerous vistas of the Mississippi and Root River valleys. In fact, the DRMSR is designed so that by the end of the day, you will have spent an equal amount of time on the bluff tops and in the valleys.  With three convenience stores along the way and a great coffee shop at the halfway point, keeping fueled up will not be a problem. The ride concludes with a sweeping descent into La Crescent, followed by an easy cool-down across the Mississippi and back into downtown La Crosse.

 

Route (59 miles)

Ride with GPS

Route (82 miles)

Ride with GPS

Driftless Region Most Scenic Ride
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Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Speed’s Bike Shop

Speed’s Bike Shop

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century

Norski Tur

Norski Tur

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

North-East Route

North-East Route

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

La Crosse River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard