Today, April 11, the DNR OPENED the Trails!!  “We’ve had a several days of warm temperatures and WIND which has helped to dry them quickly.  There still are wet, slippery areas, but most are dry enough to Ride.  Probably will close again on Sunday due to rain forecasted”.

REMEMBER:  Call the Trail Hotline 262-594-6202 BEFORE you drive to the Trails to hear if they are OPEN or Closed.  Do NOT Ride on CLOSED Trails!


Updated Trail Conditions

Trails were inspected Monday, April 7, and were found to be mostly free of snow and ice (some small areas were still present).  Unfortunately for those eager to get out and Ride, the Frost is now coming out of the ground, which means wet, sloppy, slippery Trail tread – which means: NO Trail Riding this week or probably next! (yeah, it’s a beautiful sunny, warm day, and the Trails look dry and hard packed at the TrailHead, BUT… back in the woods is where the wet Trails are at).

Riding Trails that are WET causes ruts and erosion, which causes More ruts and erosion the more riders that ride those trails.  Rain will cause wet Trails, but so does the Spring Frost coming out of the ground.  It takes weeks for the Frost to come out, especially in the low, wooded spots in the forest; and our Trails have a Lot of those.

BEST guess right now: Trails Opening Saturday, April 26.   But keep your fingers crossed, and check that Trail HotLine for updated Opening date.

REMEMBER: DON’T RISK RIDING CLOSED TRAILS!!  It will be worth the wait.

Warning, WARNING!

Do NOT Ride the Trails when they are posted CLOSED! 

Last Saturday, we witnessed two riders coming off the Muir Trail – which were obviously marked CLOSED – and were rightfully engaged by the Rangers; which resulted in a $500 fine! [NO Trail Pass, NO Parking Sticker,  riding CLOSED Trails]

DON’T be StUpiD!!  WAIT until Officially OPEN!

Call the recorded Trail HotLine to hear if Trails are Open or Closed 262-594-6202.  Call ahead!!

* It’s not about your bike, it’s to keep our Trails in good condition for ALL to Ride!

Spring Trails Check

A check of the Trails this week (March 23) showed that much of the Trails at Muir were still ice packed and thereby almost impassable.  Winter Biking, snow shoes and hikers have packed the snow down on the trails, which now has turned to ice.  Frost in the ground has started to come up in the clear areas as well.  All this means is that the Trails will not be open to biking for another couple of weeks.

Race Results

Last Saturday’s 2nd annual Winter Fat-Bike Festival at the John Muir was a success.  The event grossed over 1,300 and over 50 races.  Special thanks to our volunteers the three bike shops and the three food vendors for their donations of food, product and money.

Backyard Bikes, Wheel & Sprocket, Zion Cyclery, Café de Arts,The Trout House, La Grange General Store

IMBA Chapter Board Elections

This Tuesday January 14, is the Annual Membership meeting and board elections.  The location for this meeting is the La Grange General Store (Backyard Bikes) and the start time is 6:30.  Members can nominate from the floor.  Any nomination must be made by 5 non-board members.  Nominations will be open from 6:30 to 7:00, with voting to follow. Elections began on Saturday and will conclude at this meeting.  Following the elections members will have the opportunity to bring ideas, and questions to the board.



Do you own a FatBike or know someone that does?

Do you own a FatBike or know someone that does?

January, 11th is the date set for the Southern Kettle Moraine Chapter of IMBA’s annual Fat-Bike Festival at the John Muir.


Day of Registration Opens at 9:30am January 11th
Register early at

  • $25 per racer (proceed goes to the IMBA chapter)


12:00pm to 1:00pm The Fat Relay Fun Fest – 1 loop beginner course, 1 loop brown – up to three humans per team (can share a fatbike) –human and team of humans with the most laps wins


11:30am The Fat- 5mi – 1 loop beginner course, 1 loop brown, 1 loop white – up to three humans per team (can share a fatbike), or solo human


11:00am The Mid Fat- 11mi – 2 loops beginner course, 2 loops brown, 2 loops white – up to three humans per team (can share a fatbike), or solo human


10:30am The Big Fat- 18mi – 2 loops beginner course, 2 loops brown, 2 loops white, 1 loop green – up to three humans per team (can share a fatbike), or solo human


Raffle Tickets sold to win great prizes

$5 a ticket or 5 for $20


 We are proud to have the following Sponsors support us and mountain biking in the Southern Kettles. 

Our Proud Sponsors


Backyard Bikes    Wheel & Sprocket    cafe de arts     Zion Cyclery     Rushing Waters

Backyard Bikes

Cafe de Arts

The Trout House at Rushing Water

Wheel and Sprocket

Zion Cyclery

Pictures from Fall Color Fest 2013

If you took pictures at this years Fall Color Fest, or know someone who did, the FCF Board would like to use them on the FCF website .  Video is Good too; especially any Go-Pro video of the race!  We like to show off the Event.  Send them to to upload onto the site.  Everyone will Thank You!

IMBA’s Take A Kid Mountain Biking

  Take a Kid Mountain Biking!

                                             Sponsored by: 

                                                                              Southern Kettle Moraine IMBA Chapter


What? A day of mountain biking for the kids!  Whether you’re new to mountain biking, or have experience, we encourage you to bring kids of all ages out on this day to enjoy one of the greatest trail systems in the state. This is not a structured ride or clinic.   Bring your own bike and helmet to ride trails for all levels at your leisure. Trail distances accommodate kids of all ages.  Practice your skills at the great skills course!  We will have lunch, a scavenger hunt raffle, and small giveaways for the kids!

Where?    John Muir Trail System, Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest.  Detailed trail information and Bike Rental available nearby at Backyard Bikes.  Go here to learn more:

When?  Saturday October 5th 12:00-2:00 pm

The trails are open all day; however, lunch is served from 12:00-2:00 pm at the Shelter building at the trail head.  In the event of questionable weather call the Trail Hotline at 262-594-6202 to make sure the trails are open.  Contact organizer Eric Roche with questions at


Fall Color Festival Announcement


We are thrilled to announce that Travis Brown, Olympian, former multi MTB national champion, MTB advocate, product developer and professional cyclist, along with Mary Monroe, who was instrumental in starting the Fall Color Festival 20 years ago, will be joining us on Saturday, September 28th.

Meet Cycling Legend Travis Brown at Fall Color Fest

SIX days until the FALL COLOR FEST; the John Muir Trail System Appreciation / Celebration Event!

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the Event.  One of the Special Guests will be Legendary TRAVIS BROWN!  Travis is an Inductee of the Mountain Biking Hall of Fame, 2000 Olympian, TWO-time Single Speed World Champion and 1999 NORBA National  XC Champion, plus Many other State Championships!  Travis’ technical skills have played an important role at Trek by helping to develop many of the parts and bikes that have found their way to the production line.

Come see and meet Travis at the Fall Color Fest this Saturday; and Help the cause of keeping the John Muir TrailSystem the Best Mountain Biking Trails in the State.