John Muir Blue Loop Trail

MODERATE 56 reviews

John Muir Blue Loop Trail is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near La Grange, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
721 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

3 hours ago

Awesome!

mountain biking
13 days ago

Great trail for biking. you need to plan on 1.5 hours going hard. Great workout.. will keep your heart rate in the red zone for 75% of the time.

4 months ago

Went for winter hike here last week...it was a great day to be outside and recommend this trail.

hiking
9 months ago

We did the blue loop on a hot Saturday afternoon in mid-August. There were a lot of bikers, especially closer to the trail head, so we were having to hop off the trail pretty frequently to let them pass. Everyone was friendly, but I prefer less traffic for a quieter hike. The trails are definitely designed more for biking based on the minimal signage for hikers and the fact that there were very few benches along the way. Despite that, the trails themselves were fun to hike- a nice variety of woods with plenty of hills and a few meadows where we got a reprieve from the bugs. The mosquitoes and gnats were really bad in the wooded sections; Deep Woods OFF didn't cut it. I think it would be more enjoyable when it's less buggy and less crowded.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Not well marked for hikers, but we made it! It had rained the night before and the trail was still in great condition.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Hiked the Blue trail on about April 17th.
because hikers hike opposite direction of bikes the marking is more for the bikes than hikers. poor in the beginning but better at end. this app helps greatly on poorly marked trsils.
lots of bikes but most are decent to share trsil.
lots of good hills and switchbacks.
Did 12 miles.
Good facilities at trail head.

hiking
Sunday, April 09, 2017

Be prepared to say good morning to the trail runners

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

Was fun to get out and explore the area. Lots of bikes and everyone was friendly.

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

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...

mountain biking
Monday, June 13, 2016

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
Monday, May 09, 2016

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

There are numerous well marked trails that offered hikes thru pine trees and hardwoods. I look forward to hiking here again. This is a new area favorite for me.

hiking
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Beautifully groomed wide trails. Foliage is so thick in the summer it's like hiking in a hallway. Going back in the fall when the views will be better. Great trail though.

hiking
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

great time! a little of everything

mountain biking
Wednesday, September 26, 2012

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.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 20, 2012

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.

mountain biking
Friday, August 31, 2012

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!

mountain biking
Monday, August 27, 2012

Don't do this trail as a beginner. As a first timer it was very difficult. Fun and in a very thick forest but definitely need the correct bike for it.

hiking
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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!

hiking
Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Had a great time at this trail. You do need a pass but is well worth it.

hiking
Friday, May 18, 2012

A fun hike, challenging at times, but relaxing as well. The hilltop views are okay, nothing great. I recommend the trail, but take a map, the signs are misleading or nonexistent.

hiking
Friday, May 11, 2012

A beautiful day for a hike on what I consider a moderate trail. As mentioned by another reviewer, there are trails of various lengths. Shaded and open areas on the trail; watch out for mosquitos.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 05, 2012

The John Muir Trails have various distance and difficulty trails to accommodate all levels of bikers. Entry by bike requires a $4 fee to the state park.

mountain biking
Monday, October 31, 2011

kick ass trails, best mb for hundreds of miles.

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