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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La Crosse River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

Speed’s Bike Shop

Speed’s Bike Shop

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

North-East Route

North-East Route

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Norski Tur

Norski Tur