Trempealeau County Weekend

  • July 7, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Join us for a fun weekend outing, Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th, in Trempealeau, along the mighty Mississippi River.

There will be something for everyone this weekend, with both trail rides and road rides.

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.


Road Rides

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. 

Friday: Breathtaking Highs & Lows (33 miles)
For those who wish to arrive early for the weekend, Friday afternoon's 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.

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

Trail Rides

For those who prefer to ride the trails, the Great River State Trail passes through Trempealeau.  This is a very flat trail, running parallel to the Mississippi River. The trail has a crushed limestone surface and is suitable for hybrid bikes or road bikes with wider tires.

Saturday: South to LaCrosse (Options for 30 or 50 miles)
On Saturday, we'll take the trail south.  The ride to Onalaska and back is about 30 miles.  For those who wish to ride further, the ride to LaCrosse and back is about 45 to 50 miles.  We'll stop for lunch and/or snacks in Onalaska and LaCrosse and take several breaks along the way.

Sunday: North to Marshland (20 miles)
On Sunday, we'll take the trail north to Marshland and back, for a total of about 20 miles
.  The ride will take us through Perrot State Park and Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge.  We'll take several breaks along the way, but you'll need to bring your own snacks, since there are no places to get food and drinks until we return to Trempealeau. 

Trempealeau Accommodations
Suggested accommodations, very 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.


On Friday, plan to arrive by 1:00 PM. We will push-off promptly at 1:30 PM.

On Saturday and Sunday, plan for breakfast at 7:30 AM.  Please check the "DETAILED SCHEDULE" email for the daily gather and push-off schedule.

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

Trail Pass Information

Note: A Wisconsin state trail pass is required to ride on the Great River State Trail. There are many places in Trempealeau where you may purchase a trail pass if needed.

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  • Ron

    Wow! What a great area for road riding! I'm so glad we were able to connect with the BCTC team (Ron, Jen, Warren and Ron). You are awesome! Thanks for being such gracious hosts and tour guides for our group! Thanks to all the Meetup members for joining in the road rides too. I'm glad to see the growing interest in the road rides. We're definitely going to make an annual trek to Trempealeau County.

    July 8, 2012

  • Ron

    I've posted my photos too! (on the Meetup site)

    July 8, 2012

  • Linda C

    Fabulous weekend! This is my new favorite trip and I will be back next year for certain.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    What a great couple of days with our new friend from this group. I posted many photos from both days on our local Bicycling Trempealeau County, WI facebook page. see below. If anyone wants full sized photos let me know.!/pages/Bicycling-Trempealeau-County-WI/[masked]

    July 8, 2012

  • Mactire M.

    I might be able to attend a road ride on Saturday.

    July 3, 2012

  • Ron

    After scouting some of the routes in a vehicle today and considering the very hot weather forecasted for the weekend, I have updated the plan for the daily ROAD routes. I will send an email tomorrow evening with the detailed plan for the weekend.

    July 3, 2012

  • Tracey

    I just booked a camp site. The campground is almost totally booked for this weekend.

    May 14, 2012

  • MikeyBoy

    in addition to mapped routes... going south of locks along backroads along river is coool... residential areas where houses are up on stilts and another wildlife area.. not a lot of miles and no hills, but very interesting scenery and a look into how people live right up against the river...

    May 7, 2012

  • Ron

    Sure, you can join us for just 1 day if that's all your schedule allows. Same start location each day. BTW, I'll send an email a few days before the event with all the last-minute details and such.

    1 · April 19, 2012

  • Matt

    I am considering doing just the Sunday ride, since I am not free on that saturday.. is that ok? How do I find you guys on Sunday?

    April 17, 2012

  • Larry G

    I read that article when it came out.... But I have been hearing about riding up there for a few years now.... Also, my very first camping experience was at Trempealeau State Park my last year of college.... (But there was no biking involved....)

    February 25, 2012

  • Ron

    Larry, yes it's reported to be a GREAT place to ride. In fact, I just came across an acticle from last year's Bicycling magazine, listing this area as "The Perfect Getaway". Here's a link to their article:

    February 25, 2012

  • Larry G

    I have heard GREAT things about road riding in this area.... Been wanting to do get up there for a while.... I will have to let you know as we get closer.... (work and finances....)

    February 21, 2012

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