Trempealeau County Weekend

  • August 30, 2014 · 7:30 AM
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Join us for a fun weekend outing, Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st, in Trempealeau, along the mighty Mississippi River.

Each day, we will have a group breakfast, then head out for a bike ride. Afternoon activities are on your own. Consider visiting Perrot State Park or Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, enjoying a walk along the Mississippi River, touring the town, going for ice cream or relaxing at your motel. Each evening, we will have a group dinner.

Click on the years for photos from previous rides. (2012, 2013)

The Bicycle Club of Trempealeau County (BCTC) has compiled the Nation's Largest Connected Bicycle Loop System, consisting of 17 mapped routes over 382 miles of paved back roads.  These are very low traffic routes, where you'll typically encounter only 3 cars per hour!  They have also worked with the community and have gained the support of trail stewards to assist bicyclists.  Click HERE for a county map, showing all of the loops. 

Saturday: Ridge Views and Alligator Slides (44 miles)
Saturday's ride will follow a combination of a variation of Loop # 16 (Cue Sheet, Map) and a variation of Loop # 7 (Cue Sheet, Map) from Independence to Arcadia.  Highlights include Montana Ridge Road with spectacular views off both sides, refreshments at Hanson's Hold-Up with an outstanding overlooking patio and an awesome winding 2 mile descent to the Trempealeau River on Alligator Slide Road.

Sunday Morning: Breathtaking Highs & Lows (33 miles)
Sunday's morning ride offers some of the most breathtaking and diverse scenery of the county.  We will follow Loop # 2 (Cue Sheet, Map) from Trempealeau to Dodge and Pine Creek.

At the end of Sunday's morning ride we will be back at our start point in Trempealeau.  We will take a break for lunch, then head out for Sunday's afternoon ride.

Sunday Afternoon: Sweet and Simple (24 miles)
Sunday's afternoon ride is proclaimed to be the simplest of all the loops.  We will follow Loop # 1 (Cue Sheet, Map) from Trempealeau to Galesville

Trempealeau Accommodations
Suggested accommodations, close to the start point of our rides, include:

If you wish to stay elsewhere, or if rooms are no longer available at these choices, you may check online for a list of lodging options.  Two online sources are the Trempealeau Chamber of Commerce website and the Trempealeau County Tourism Council website. 

We will gather at 7:30 AM each day (Saturday and Sunday) for breakfast.  After breakfast, we will head out for the day's ride.

An email will be sent to everyone who RSVPs with the specific plans for each day.

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  • Suzette

    The countryside was spectacular but ohhhh those hills! A wonderful weekend with a great group of super friendly bikers. It was even better than I had hoped.

    September 2

  • Steve L.

    Three rides totally about 100 miles. A hike to the top of the bluff in Perrot State Park. An adjustable schedule, great food and most of all great conversation. The most incredible, flexible, try anything, fun loving group. On Monday Jim and I paddled the Mississippi and had a great time and lunch on a sandbar. Next time we could incorporate an optional extra day for some paddling adventure!

    I need to rest for a couple days. That’s how good the weekend was.

    The names say it all: Hip Breaker Hill, Catfish Hill, Alligator Slide, Eagle Valley, Brady’s Bluff, Hansen’s Holdup, The Garden of Eden. Gorgeous country (I’m a little biased). Thanks to Ron for looking west to my corner of the world for a fantastic weekend and for accepting my endless alternatives.

    September 2

  • Suzette

    Our first time with this group and wow!

    September 2

  • Julie P.

    The route and riders were fantastic

    September 1

  • James D.

    It was another great bike adventure. I can check off Hipbreaker hill on my bucket list! This is such a wonderful group to be with!

    September 1

  • Steve L.

    After the ride and before dinner on Saturday Jim, Ron and I plan on hiking up Brady's Bluff in Perrot Park. It takes 5 minutes to get to the trailhead from Trempealeau. You can see 20 miles to downtown Winona from the top. Bring your hiking shoes and join us. We'll give you more details at breakfast Saturday.

    August 28

  • Jeanette

    Hi Ron,
    Cannot make the trip. My friend Teresa is signed up but will not make it this time as well. HOpe you all have an awesome time and hope to see you soon.

    August 27

  • Cathy

    A friend and I will be doing Saturday only. Looking forward to it!!

    August 22

  • Ken H.

    About what time do you think the bike ride will begin?

    August 22

  • Ken H.

    I plan on doing the Saturday ride but not the Sunday ride. Used to live around that area. Great biking roads. Now I live around La Farge with even better riding roads!

    August 21

  • Ruth M.

    Sorry, hiking that weekend. I am finishing the 1200 miles across WI on the Ice Age Trail. My first priority.

    August 13

  • Steve L.

    When you get to finalizing routes I'd like to give you some input since I've been on all of the roads in the area. If the Saturday ride is going to touch Highway 95 between Independence and Arcadia be aware the road is torn up and closed for the summer! There are alternatives. I'm also willing to drive the roads just before the weekend to make sure no fresh oil and gravel have been laid down.

    August 13

  • Cindy C.

    While I would argue that Richland County has some great biking opportunities, Trempealeau County sounds more organized. I've not done a ride such as this, just some loosely organized Saturday and weeknight rides around home (RC). This sounds awesome!

    July 28, 2014

  • Steve L.

    Right in my "backyard". Great choice. Some of the best biking in the world is in Trempealeau County. A good place for hiking and paddling as well. If you haven't been here before you'll never want to leave. I'm still here after 59 years.

    July 3, 2014

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