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

Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

North-East Route

North-East Route

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

River Trail Cycles

River Trail Cycles

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century

Norski Tur

Norski Tur

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

La Crosse River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express