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Perrot Ridge/Brady's Bluff Figure 8

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A nice route that provides beautiful vistas, some elevation, and is a combo of technical singletrack and doubletrack.


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3.6

Miles

5.8

KM

Loop

1,149' 350 m

High

704' 214 m

Low

770' 235 m

Up

775' 236 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Beautiful views and a sense of accomplishment make the hike valuable for kids. Some sections will require patience and caution. We take our 9, 12, & 14 year olds on it.

This is inside Perrot State Park so you'll need a Wisconsin State Parks day or annual pass to access it.

Overview

This hike starts at the East Brady's Bluff Trailhead next to the Park Headquarters Ranger station and parking lot at the southern entrance to Perrot State Park. It is clearly marked and there are trail map signs available along the way or you can pick up a map at the Ranger station. You can take on this figure-eight route in either direction, I have indicated the direction we typically take.

Need to Know

This is inside Perrot State Park so you'll need a day or annual pass to access it. More information can be found at their website.

During the winter, when ample snow is on the ground, the portions of this route that use the cross-country ski trails are off-limits to those on foot and snowshoers. Park rangers mark/blaze alternate routes that will keep you off of those sections.

The use of trekking poles helps with this route. During the winter, snowshoes or spikes will be very helpful as it can be very slick and icy.

Description

This route combines sections of a number of popular trails in Perrot State Park; Perrot Ridge Trail, Cross-Country Ski/Hiking Trails, Brady's Bluff Trail - North, and Brady's Bluff Trail - East.

It is a great workout as it provides a number of nice elevation gains and descents and there are a number of beautiful vistas and views of the Mississippi River Valley along the hike. You'll also be able to enjoy two of the highlights of the area, the summits of Brady's Bluff and Perrot Ridge. These scenic areas are great places to rest, and provide a sense of accomplishment for all.

Just over half of this route is composed of singletrack that can be technical at times, requiring balance checks and stable footing over rocky terrain, particularly on the steepest sections. The portions of the hike that use the Perrot State Park Cross-Country Ski/Hiking Trails are wide doubletrack that serve as groomed cross-country ski trails in the winter.

NOTE - the doubletrack areas are closed to foot traffic/snowshoeing in the winter but alternate routes are marked by rangers and available.

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The beginning of the ridgeline along the Perrot Ridge Trail offers phenomenal views of the surrounding area.
Mar 6, 2017 near Trempea…, WI
Great views await from the incline that marks the beginning of Perrot Ridge.
Mar 6, 2017 near Trempea…, WI
A winter sun sets over the goat prairie switchback on the Brady's Bluff Trail.
Mar 6, 2017 near Trempea…, WI
Soak up this view from the shelter area at the top of Brady's Bluff Trail.
Mar 6, 2017 near Trempea…, WI
A switchback cuts through a goat prairie on Brady's Bluff Trail.
Mar 6, 2017 near Trempea…, WI
The trail is steep heading down from the top of Brady's Bluff.
Mar 6, 2017 near Trempea…, WI

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2.5mi — 0h 55m
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Awesome climb and views! 3.6mi
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Sweet views and great weather! 3.6mi
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