Hixon 50 Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,817' 554 m
Descent: -1,796' -547 m
High: 1,278' 390 m
Low: 738' 225 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“Amazing trail with scenery atop the La Crosse bluff tops, and the course of the Hixon 50 trail race.”— Michael Borst
Race - Oct 26, 2019
The next 4 miles are much of the same with a lot of mountain bike trails and switchbacks. After about mile 7, the trail opens up to the amazing view offered by an old abandoned quarry atop the bluffs. After the quarry a small section of road will take you to the Miller Bluff outlook where you'll be able to see much of La Crosse and the surrounding Mississippi River Valley. This is then followed by a long, winding 2 mile downhill the the base of lower Hixon Forest. After a quick tour of lower Hixon, you'll climb back up the bluff to the start/finish area.
For the full 50k race, this same route is traveled twice, so don't worry if you miss something the first time around, you'll be back a second time! Along the way, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful views.
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