The Waukesha Pewaukee area has some of the best biking trail options around. From first timers to avid cyclists, there is a trail that’s perfect for you. Check out these five biking opportunities that will have you ready to roll through the beautiful Wisconsin countryside.
The Bugline Trail is a 16-mile trail that owes its existence to quarries near Lannon and meanders through several Waukesha County communities. A look down into the quarries from this paved trail is an impressive sight as is some of the densely wooded areas. The trail will take you from Appleton Ave (STH 175) in Menomonee Falls to the west end of North Lake in Merton.
Fox River Park
The six-mile Fox River Park bike path runs diagonally along the Fox River through Waukesha. At the trail’s north end is Frame Park, where you’ll find a baseball diamond, boat ramp, picnic shelter, garden and playgrounds. Fox River Park lies on the trail’s south end. This 257-acre park offers picnic areas, observation decks and fishing access as well as a forest and beautiful wildflowers. At College Avenue, the trail connects to the eastern end of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail, which heads west toward Madison for more than 50 miles.
Glacial Drumlin Trail
Trailheads are located at the Fox River Sanctuary in Waukesha and in Cottage Grove, near Madison
Created in 1986, the Glacial Drumlin State Trail is one of Wisconsin’s most popular bicycle trails. The 52-mile trail runs between Waukesha and Cottage Grove and travels through the Wisconsin cities of Waukesha, Wales, Dousman, Sullivan, Helensville, Jefferson, Lake Mills, London, Deerfield and Cottage Grove. The trail follows the old Chicago and North Western Railway track. Thirteen of the trail’s miles are paved, beginning in Waukesha’s Fox River Sanctuary. Bikers follow the route west where crushed limestone takes over for, adding to the complexity of the ride.
1927 E. Sunset Drive, Waukesha, WI
At 579-acres, Minooka Park is the largest park in Waukesha County and is beautifully maintained, with mountain bike trails that lead you away from the commotion of the city. The trails consist of two loops, one for beginners and one for more a little more experienced riders. The beginner loop is about one and a half miles long and is fairly easy to ride. The intermediate loop, about five miles long, has various beginner to intermediate obstacles, most of them being optional. This loop also has a good mix of tight and flowy corners. Our blogger Somethin’ to Say Sam provided the insiders scoop on this trail.
Lake Country Trail
Trailheads are located at the Landsberg Center on Golf Rd. in Waukesha and Jefferson St. in Oconomowoc
The Lake Country Recreation Trail runs 15.2 miles from the western edge of Waukesha to Oconomowoc. Most of the trail was built on a former Milwaukee-Watertown Railway line, and is now shared with We Energies overhead electric lines. The view from the trail is mostly farmland and rolling hills, although nearby roadways are rarely out of sight. There are a few on-road stretches, including the charming downtown area of Delafield. The popular Naga-Waukee Park and Naga-Waukee golf course are located along the trail, adding to the beauty of the ride.
W329 N846 County Rd C, Delafield, WI
Lapham Peak features biking paths that range from two miles to seven miles and run through grassy meadows on single and double-track paths with several areas of gravel mixed in for excitement. The area is open to hikers, bikers, and in some places horseback riders. The trails form a single loop, with cutoff paths to offer some different choices of routing. The course travels through fields with long straight-aways and sweeping corners. The view from the trail is Wisconsin at its best, forests and fields with barns and farmhouses throughout the landscape. The trail has a few 20-30 feet climbs, but for the most part the riding is very level.
Bike Rentals & Repairs
If you are looking for bike rentals, High Roller Fun Rentals offers bike rentals for use in Frame Park. Area bike rental businesses include VéloCity Cycling, and Mokros Cycle, with both offering repair services.
If you would like to join a coordinated group ride or find out information in greater detail about bike trails, be sure to contact VéloCity Cycling located on Wisconsin Ave., directly across from Pewaukee Lakefront Park.