Enjoyed the hike, This was a moderate trail to hike, the difficulties lied in the oncoming mountainbike traffic. hiking is done in reverse on the same trail as the biking. signs were not posted for hikers so you needed to check a reverse rotation for the biking traffic. still managed to stay on track... it was a beautiful area and showed the true Kettle Moraine...
As a first time-mountain biker, it's hard to say whether this is the best trail or the worst; I tried the orange trail after going through a couple of loops on the skills course (not knowing what I was doing) and started to feel comfortable. The skills course was a great preparation for the sticks, rocks, and other obstacles. The orange trail was around 5 miles, with beautiful scenery, wildlife, inclines, and declines. The other bikers were friendly and motivating. The area has a spot for a fire, grilling, and seating. All in all, this trail was a blast and recommend it to everyone of all levels!
hiking: it is an easy trail. 50% downhill, 30% flat and 20% uphill. hikers are asked to go counter clockwise, so that's why this trail is easy. the markers are from the bikers perspective, so pay special attention. I lost track and diverted out of my green loop but thankfully, I caught another pole that showed me that I was only on the blue trail and I was able to backtrack. it took me 3.5 hours for 8.5 miles, including the diversion.
for biking: considering 50% is uphill, this is definitely a moderate-hard trail, in my opinion. 80% of the bikers I saw struggled with some part of the trail.
Shauna A. on John Muir Blue Loop Trail
Easy, groomed hiking trail. Beautiful representation of the area foliage including wild black raspberries. YUMM! There are several well marked loops of varying difficulty ( I would still rate as easy). The blue loop is the longest and the more challenging with several ascents and descents. All trails are well shaded. Take the hike! I did this in the green of summer. The fall would be spectacular minus the edibles.
this overview is wrong, there is no camping here. plenty within a short drive but not at the trail. great riding, not as rocky as Greenbush up north. expensive to park ($7) plus a $4 trail fee. if you park at the bike shop/deli down the road you can save the $7, spend it on a six pack after your ride.
I love the John Muier trails. I usually do the blue track and don't recommend it for beginners. There are shorter loops for that. They can be difficult too.
I like the trails cause they're not to technical as far as sharpe turns and allow you to go pretty fast if you can handle rocks and roots.
Went on the trails for the first time. Decided it shouldn't be that bad, so took the blue trail. Ended up splitting into the Orange then the white trail. Some good technical spots with roots and turns, and some area with nice climb. I am a beginner level, and had a blast on these trails. The trails were well marked, good flow and lots of wildlife to be seen, especially chipmunks! Will head out there again sometime soon!
Ellen F. on John Muir Blue Loop Trail
Amazing! Trails are maintained and designed beautifully. A variety of distances and difficulties. These trails are a great confidence booster! They have a lot of flow and opportunity to get up some speed on the flats. Make sure you buy a trail permit and carry it with you! A ranger was checking all the riders when we were there. The guys who had not bought the pass were fined $150. Buy the $4 pass, it's worth it!