I had a blast. I had been experiencing a lot of ego building rides lately, but a few of those boulders humbled me very well. That's really too bad about the tornado damage. We took the posted route through and found the trail fine, and then just flew down bee sting back onto the road back through the damage and toward the car. The trail definitely felt like someone has been and is putting a lot of love into it. I look forward to riding it again soon.
I'm heading to my hometown for the weekend, and it's a short drive from Roche. I'm planning on riding, and I'm curious how it is for beginners? My girlfriend is just getting into it. She's logged a some hours on a couple beginner trails.
Am I in trouble if I bring her along for the ride?
I will definitely be back at Nicolet Roche in the future. The single track that is rideable is absolutely awesome. The trail has it all.
Unfortunately, I wish the detours around tornado damage were marked. We ended up on a dead end on Bee Sting Hill, and then got on a logging road after turning around. I'm not sure if we went the wrong way on that road, but we ended up coming out about 6 miles from the trailhead where we parked and had to ride the highways back.
All in all, it was great single track while it lasted. Are there plans for building more anytime soon?
That buzz down bee sting is a blast. You need to take a right at the end, then keep on past the equipment and back to where you originally came out. I by pure luck ran into some guys who had a map when I went there, and I was able to find the way back to the track and the car. Glad you had fun
I rode Nicolet Roche two weeks ago. The section shown in the video is fantastic, a total blast to ride. Finding the trail head was a challenge. It's 0.7 miles back from the corner where you turn into the parking lot at Boulder Lake Campground. The sign is small and easy to miss.
Why is the trail north of the tornado damage so much less buffed than the stuff near Boulder Lake? Not enough time to do it all? Not complaining, it's all fun.
so Walt, you waited until after the voting to post your complimentary remarks. I see.....
Glad you enjoyed the trail. As for your question, I will speculate the S part of the trail is more buff because it has more riders. Many Boulder Lake campers are novice bikers and may turn around after a mile or so, other start at campground drive and turn around once they hit the tornado damage (as posted here, it can be tricky to find the way).
N of 64 is also very buff as it has a lot of riders too.
The good news is, major headway is happening right now to push through the damaged sections.