Mountain Biking

Mountain biking trips are usually held on weekends at various state parks within driving distance of Madison. Some of the more popular destinations are Quarry Park in Madison, CamRock Park, and Kettle Moraine State Forest.

CORP maintains a regularly-updated conditions page for Madison-area trails. Although it’s easier if you have your own equipment, the club does have some bicycles and equipment for club members on club trips. We have mountain bikes and helmets. Repair tools are available to club members for repair of club or personal bikes.

Places to Go:

Quarry Ridge Mountain Bike Trail– Has trails of varying degrees of difficulty with a cross country loop as well as downhill and freeride trails. The facility, 2740 Fitchrona Road in Fitchburg, is in the Quarry Ridge Recreational Area just south of Verona Road (U.S. 18-151). The trail has a connection to the adjacent Military Ridge Trail.

Blue Mounds State Park- 40 min. out Verona Road/ 151. The largest elevation in the area with a large amount of great xc trails. Overlode is fairly smooth, other trails are quite technical in areas.

Quarry Park– Just a 10 min bike ride down University Ave. behind Whole Foods. A small park with a seemingly infinite amount of trails. Xc loops, log rides, jumps, drops. A great place to have fun near campus.

Kettle Moraine State Park– about 40 minutes east of Madison, is a popular destination for mountain bikers with a large amount of trail.

Cam Rock– Between Cambrige and Rockford, about 20 min away. A large amount of fun trail, as well as the “outback” with many newly built wooden features, bridges, log rides, and jumps. Check it out.

Local clubs include:

  • Capital Off Road Pathfinders (CORP) is the most active Madison MTB club. Check out the forums
  • Mad Trail FORCs (Female Off-Road Cyclists) is a mountain biking team that organizes weekly rides
  • Blackhawk Mountain Bike Club
  • Wisconsin Bike Fed offers long rides and racing
Jacob Ng : Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader, Instructor

Jacob Ng

Cross Country Ski Chair, Trip Leader, Instructor

Once lit his hair on fire by mistake -  camp stove safety counts for something!

Will Caldwell : Equipment Manager, Road Bike & MTB Chair

Will Caldwell

Equipment Manager, Road Bike & MTB Chair

Goes places and fixes things. A true renaissance man.

Alex Ames : Webmaster, Trip Leader

Alex Ames

Webmaster, Trip Leader

He leads frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake as well as occasional paddling and skiing trips (when we all know he's really fantasizing about frequent climbing trips to Devil's Lake).