John Muir Blue Loop Trail is a 11.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Palmyra, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length11.5 miElevation gain695 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingSnowshoeingWalkingRunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
Waypoints (0)
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (174)
Photos (211)
Activities (142)
Completed (358)
View user's profile page
Rosemary k
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 14, 2021
Hiking

This hike was a short, easy, and an absolutely beautiful hike!! Great place!!

View Rosemary's activity
View user's profile page
Rosemary k
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 10, 2021
Hiking

loved it!! its an easy trail, and nice and long. no bikes today because it was alittle rainy.

View Rosemary's activity
View user's profile page
Misty R
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 10, 2021
Hiking

Ver nice hike today no bikers on sight! We had the trail all to ourselves. Trails well marked we did not see any animals but heard a lot of chirping birds. I was expecting to see a fairy from the beauty of the forest. Five stars!

View Misty's activity
View user's profile page
Jesperanza Schmidt
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 28, 2021
Hiking

An exciting trail to hike, you can tell it’s made for mountain bikes- lots of twists and turns and narrow rocky trails. I love the option of a long hike, I opted for 10- skipping the last big blue loop by taking the white line short cut. Sometimes the trail felt poorly marked, but it was fine. Mud was manageable- tennis shoes would be fine. Gorgeous breaks of pines - even with the heavy forestry made this an awesome 3.5 hours! The sunset by the marsh was lovely.

View Jesperanza's activity
View user's profile page
Ryan Nice
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMarch 23, 2021
Hiking

Mostly dry. Didn't run into anyone on my Monday hike. Terrain isn't too intense but it is a long hike. Loved it!

View user's profile page
Kristen Sowinski
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 30, 2021
Hiking

This trail kicked my butt.

View Kristen's activity
View user's profile page
Andrew Shortslef
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarDecember 22, 2020
Hiking

Dry for the most part. First mile was a bit snow/rutty, Last mile was a tad muddy, but nothing bad. Couple of bikers.

View Andrew's activity
View user's profile page
Mandy Sekey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 20, 2020
Hiking
View Mandy's activity
View user's profile page
Eric Danzeisen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 29, 2020
Hiking

Too many mountain bikers. Not ideal for hiking

View user's profile page
Lesley Kenyon
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarNovember 6, 2020
Hiking
View Lesley's activity
View user's profile page
Rob Domaschuk
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 6, 2020
Hiking

Great trail! A lot of mountain bikers from 11:00 to about 1:00. After that there weren’t that many. This is a rugged trail. It’s well marked but be aware of rocks and roots. Every mountain biker was friendly and we had no problems sharing the trail. I would STRONGLY recommend trekking poles on this trail.

View Rob's activity
View user's profile page
Sophie Couillard
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 2, 2020
Hiking
View Sophie's activity
View user's profile page
Linda Lawrence
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 28, 2020
Mountain biking

Lovey

View Linda's activity
View user's profile page
Sophie Couillard
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 25, 2020
Hiking
View Sophie's activity
View user's profile page
Joe Bennett
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 17, 2020
Hiking

was a good hike, just beware of the mtn bikers, nice fall colors happening

View Joe's activity
View user's profile page
LJ T
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarOctober 2, 2020
Running
View LJ's activity
View user's profile page
Anna Gulstine
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarOctober 2, 2020
HikingGreat!
View Anna's activity
View user's profile page
Sam Prather
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 26, 2020
Hiking

The trail was a bit longer than advertised, it had some pretty and notable views, however it was very crowded with friendly mountain bikers. The terrain is very rough but I liked the challenge. Honestly, the views may be nicer with less foliage in the winter, but most of it was kinda boring. I'm sure some of the other loops may provide nicer views.

View Sam's activity
View user's profile page
Chris Dosger
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 7, 2020
Mountain bikingGreat!

Great trail, love this. Trail covers different conditions such as rocks, sand, trees.

View user's profile page
James D
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 31, 2020
Mountain bikingGreat!
View James's activity
View user's profile page
Kristin Felsman
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 30, 2020
HikingBugsRocky

Trail is great! Just really buggy but that is to be expected for sure. Just make sure to bring repellent. Can’t wait to hike it in the fall.

View user's profile page
MOR 001
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 11, 2020
Hiking

I ran it! Call me crazy... but i did. All 11.5mi. It was awesome!

View MOR's activity
View user's profile page
Patrick Cheever
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 28, 2020
Mountain bikingRocky

LOVE this trail! Lots of cars in the parking lot, but the trail wasn’t crowded at all. The short Skills loop at the very beginning is a great addition. It’s nice to warm up muscles and bike handling skills before heading out for the 12 mile lap. Beautiful forest settings with some fast descents and rocky, rooted climbs. A bunch of opportunities to air out the bike and push limits if that’s your objective. People are polite and the parking area has a bike wash and work stand. Highly recommend.

View user's profile page
Bud .
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 27, 2020
Mountain biking

Challenging but best fun one can have being off road! Will be doing this again, thank you Amie for sharing this ride with me!!

View Bud's activity
View user's profile page
Heidi Haakenson
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 14, 2020

Loved it! We went on a beautiful Sunday. It was busy with mostly bikers but everyone was courteous and friendly, calling out that they were coming through and how many were in their group. The trails are narrow but there's plenty of space in most places to move out of the way.

View user's profile page
Josh G
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 6, 2020
Hiking

Trail is technically multi use but it is narrow and bikers far outnumbered hikers. Would not recommend for hiking. Would definitely recommend for biking.

View Josh's activity
View user's profile page
Steve Gill
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarMay 21, 2020
Hiking

After reading a few reviews on here I was a bit worried about the bikers but was pleasantly surprised when I entered the park and it said bike trails closed. Unfortunately, people didn't care and I encountered over two dozen bikers, a pair of which almost ran into me. The trail was in good condition and I alternated between hiking and trail running. It was pretty narrow in spots and I wouldn't recommend this to hike when it's full of bikers - head to Emma Carlin or Scuppernong instead if in the area. It was basically a trail through the woods with varied terrain and not much in terms of scenery or wildlife. A bit rocky in spots. The trails are marked decently, though the blue course listed on here is missing part of the trail. I did the Green course and ended up with about 8.5 miles. It fit my purpose for today, but I probably won't be coming back unless the bike trails are closed.

View user's profile page
Dmitriy Bykov
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarApril 18, 2020

4/18/20 park is closed as well as all nearby state parks

View user's profile page
Jackson Bradford
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 6, 2020
Hiking

What a trail.

View Jackson's activity
Showing results 1 - 29 of 174