Moderate
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 River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard

North-East Route

North-East Route

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Norski Tur

Norski Tur

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

Speed’s Bike Shop

Speed’s Bike Shop

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century