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GRAVEL BIKING, FAT BIKING, & BIKEPACKING IN MINNESOTA, WISCONSIN, & the U.P.

MARINETTE COUNTY WATERFALLS LOOP, WISCONSIN


Central and Northern Wisconsin is loaded with super great and untapped areas to bikepack. Over time, Shane Hitz has explored many areas of this region by bike and put together numerous routes that pass through many areas that can only be explored by bike. They go through some of his favorite small towns with great places to eat and fantastic camping opportunities.

Contributed by: Shane Hitz

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Distance

213 Miles​

Elevation

​8,326 Ft.

Days

3-5

Recommended Tires

2.4"+

This Northeastern Wisconsin waterfall loop features 17 waterfalls on the route and a few more that are a short distance off and one waterfall requiring a short bushwhack to get to which pays off with a waterfall that few people have seen.


Route surface ranges from good gravel roads to many miles of soft sand roads. 2.4" or bigger tires recommended. The route is great for a fat bike setup.



There is some distance between resupply and restaurants so plan accordingly. Winter's Family Restaurant and 51st State Brewing Company are a must for food stops. Numerous camping opportunities including some great dispersed sites. Parking is available in Laona at Jar's Bar but there are other public ATV parking lots throughout the route.


I did the route in three days on a fat bike, although it was two really long days in the saddle. Ideal time to do it is in the fall when the colors are at peak.




Bikepacking Route Map:

 

Shane Hitz is an adventure cyclist, route designer, and race director. You can read more about his adventures on his website. He is also the race director for the IRONBULL Red Granite Grinder, a gravel bike race in the Wausau, Wisconsin area.


Disclaimer: If you choose to ride this route, you do so at your own risk. You are 100% responsible for being prepared for all conditions and making sure that biking these routes is legal. Before riding, check local weather, road conditions, closures, and property ownership. Obey all traffic laws and follow land use restrictions. Do not ride these routes without proper safety equipment and navigational tools. The accuracy of these routes cannot be guaranteed neither can we guarantee that these routes are on public property. TheNxrth.com and its contributors are in no way liable for the personal injury or damage to property that may result from cycling this route or any other routes on this website.


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