Biking the Trempealeau Trails in Wisconsin

In May of 2022, while on a work trip, I biked three of the 18 Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association’s Loops. The bicycle loops range from 16 – 56 miles with a range of different elevations. I rode these routes around 5-7 p.m. each night and encountered almost no traffic at all.

Trempealeau Trails loops sign
Trempealeau Trails loops sign

You can review each of the 18 routes here.

I chose to ride three of the shorter loops with less elevation. The Sweet and Simple route, Amish Country Cruising and Easy Does It.

Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association

“Sweet and Simple”

The Sweet and Simple route, loop #1, starts in Trempealeau and heads toward Galesville. The biggest climb is right after Galesville before flattening out for the ride back to Trempealeau. This was my first ride in Wisconsin on this trip and I was just completely amazed at the beautiful scenery, smooth paved roads and very little traffic.

LENGTH: 24.2 mi
ELEVATION: 944 ft. climbing
TYPE: asphalt
DIFFICULTY: intermediate
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Sweet and Simple route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association

Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association

“Amish Country Cruising”

The Amish Country Cruising route, loop #17, starts in Whitehall and heads through Coral City and then Blair, before looping back to Whitehall. The scenery on this route was absolutely stunning and included every baby farm animal you can imagine. I tried to take fewer photos on this route to be respectful of the Amish. Every farm had lots of activities with people planting gardens, plowing a garden with a plow pulled by houses and other work. Lots of friendly smiles and waves long this route!

LENGTH: 20.76 mi
ELEVATION: 841 ft. climbing
TYPE: asphalt
DIFFICULTY: intermediate
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Amish Country Cruising route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association

Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association

“Easy Does It”

The Easy Does It route, loop #8, starts in Whitehall and heads toward Independence. The route follows North River Road which is very scenic.

LENGTH: 16.26 mi
ELEVATION: 689 ft. climbing
TYPE: asphalt
DIFFICULTY: intermediate
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association
Easy Does It route by Trempealeau Trails Bicycle Association

I truly enjoyed my time exploring the Trempealeau Trails and hope to visit again soon and ride the next few loops. Learn more here.

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