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Holy Schist Trail

Intermediate
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A hilly singletrack trail in a breathtakingly dense forest.


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3.6

Miles

5.7

KM

93%

Runnable

1,723' 525 m

High

1,340' 408 m

Low

480' 146 m

Up

463' 141 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

Holy Schist is a popular trail for mountain bikers, but it is just as popular for hikers and trail runners. The thick forest in this loop makes one feel secluded from civilization, and the mature growth trees through this area have an old spirit, in almost a haunting but beautiful way year round. The trail is an excellent singletrack.

It does not seem to ever suffer greatly from vegetative overgrowth, as the thick trees seem to keep the forest floor under control. However, the trail can be muddy after the spring snow melt. This section has a very respectable hill climb but also has some nice cruising sections. This is an excellent trail for Madison-area residents or visitors to southern Wisconsin.

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Land Manager: Wisconsin State Parks

Shared By:

Chris Rozoff

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Looking north toward the Wisconsin River Valley from atop Blue Mound.
Sep 3, 2015 near Barneveld, WI

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Aug 29, 2015
Chris Rozoff
Added a bunch of other trails. A rainy and muddy trail today 20mi