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

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

Baristas Epic Coffee Ride

La Crescent to Riverside Park

La Crescent to Riverside Park

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

L-N-L Gravel Grinder

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Coon Valley Coulee Express

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Riverside Park to Elroy – Sparta Trailhead

Brownsville-Hokah

Brownsville-Hokah

Norski Tur

Norski Tur

Speed’s Bike Shop

Speed’s Bike Shop

Great River State Trail

Great River State Trail

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

The West Salem Dairy Days Classique

Tri-State Metric Century

Tri-State Metric Century

Goose Island – Stoddard

Goose Island – Stoddard

Root River Trail Towns

Root River Trail Towns

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Stoddard – Chaseburg

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Memorial Day Figure Eight

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Riverside Park to Great River Trail

Apple Blossom Loop

Apple Blossom Loop

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Human Powered Trails, Inc.

Whitehall English Century

Whitehall English Century

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Onalaska to Riverside Park via Bike/Ped Bridge

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Outdoor Recreation Alliance

Myrick Park

Myrick Park

North-East Route

North-East Route

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

Public Air Pumps and Repair Stands

400 Wisconsin State Trail

400 Wisconsin State Trail

Cheddarman

Cheddarman

Elroy Sparta Trail

Elroy Sparta Trail

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

Driftless Region’s Most Scenic Ride

La Crosse River State Trail

La Crosse River State Trail

Grandad Bluff Loop

Grandad Bluff Loop