With fall in full-swing, now is a great time to enjoy a weekend destination with comfortable riding days and often great trail conditions!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite trails in Minnesota and Wisconsin to get out and ride on. These trails are often favorites of Erik’s customers and staff alike! To learn about any of these great trails click the links within or ask our staff, we’re happy to share. If you’re new to mountain biking, we can help with that too – talk to our staff about what mountain bike is right for you!
Located smack-dab between Minneapolis/Saint Paul and Madison, Levis-Trow trail system is a gem in the upper Midwest and is considered an Epic trail by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA). Clocking in at over 25 miles of trail, the singletrack trails offer rewarding views – especially amongst the fall colors.
Trail Length: 25 miles
Elevation Minimum: 900 feet
Elevation Maximum: 1200 feet
Cost: A daily pass will set you back $5 and an individual season pass is $25 Passes can be purchased at the trailhead or online
Terrain: Tight and twisty singletrack – no killer climbs in length, but short and steep at times.
Highlights: Plumbers Crack is often photographed and can be seen below; you really shouldn’t miss a thing about Levis, but if you’re just passing through, you’ll be glad you got to Plumers Crack.
Levis offers something for riders of all levels and interests, but with some exposed cliffs, be aware of your surroundings and don’t be afraid to walk the bike if you don’t feel comfortable. Trails range from fast and flowy to tight and technical, but as always you control the speed, so ride safe!
From Minneapolis and Saint Paul Metro, take Interstate 94 East to Exit 105 in Hixton, then turn left onto Hwy 95 for 18 miles until you reach Fisher Avenue. Turn Left and follow the road until you reach the Levis Mound Trail Center on the left hand side.
From Madison/Milwaukee, take Interstate 94 West to Exit 115 at Black River Falls. Turn Right, heading North on US-12 / Hwy 27 – turn Right at County Road E towards Hatfield. In Hatfield, take a left onto County Road K and follow it until County J. Make a right onto County J and continue for 4 miles where the Levis Mound Trail Center Will be on your left hand side.
What To Bring:
Your bike of course, but with any day of riding, you should be prepared for anything that might happen. Here are some things we recommend:
- Extra layers – especially in the fall, days can start cool and warm up nice, but be prepared for a shift in the weather and plan accordingly.
- Hydration Pack filled with water
- Spare tube
- Patch kit/Tire Boot
- Tire Levers
- Spare chain link
- Spare derailleur hanger
- First aid kit
If you’re staying for a long weekend, it’s never a bad idea to bring spares of consumable parts like brake pads, tires and tubes – it’s no fun to cut a trip short because of a cut tire. If you’re not comfortable working on your own bike trailside, bring a capable friend along or enroll in our Park Tool School Course.
Here are some more photos from Levis-Trow; we hope to see you on the trail!