Nine Mile

County: MARATHON

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Nearest City: Wausau
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After riding Nine Mile for the past 7 years, I may have formed a biased opinion, but I will try my best to be as neutral as possible. Nine Mile is an approximately 25 miles or more of easy ski trails to moderate and expert single track. It's located just a few miles west of Wausau.

Is it impossible to have everything you ever want in a MTB trail in one Park? Yeah pretty much, but Nine mile is pretty damn close. For the novice biker who's getting on the fat tires for the first time, wanting to avoid the endo causing obstacles, then the ski trails running through the many acres county forest is just the thing. Surfaces are comprised of hard packed dirt, red gravel grass and sand.

For the intermediate rider, there are a plethora of blue trails to choose from. Trail #4 is a nice way to start off. A winding and flowing trail that seems to push you through effortlessly until the end. On the same side of Red Bud are many more intermediate trails such as 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The majority are fast with burms, logs and rocks that don't seem to impede the flow. Don't forget 2 and 3 to the east, across Red Bud, both are fast and furious. These trails lead into some great black 'most difficult' trails that will test your technical abilities to the extreme. Try trail #1, it has 2 rock gardens that will intimidate even the best riders.

If you can use a map, have a good sense of direction or a GPS device, venture out to 16, 15, 14, 13, and 11. These are the signature trails of Nine Mile. Trail #16 (The Flower Trail) is a rocky single track that gets tight and turbulent in the south portion of the trail, but if ridden well can be very fast. Trail #11 (Ho-chi-min) starts out with a hard-to-navigate rock garden with similar obstacles every 20 to 50 feet for the entire trail. If you're going north on this trail you will encounter a fast downhill. We recommend you ride at a moderate speed to inspect the territory. This can be a dangerous descent, so be cautious. Once you've made the drop, you will encounter some of the best technical sections the park has to offer. Off camber, rock intruding path ways that force you to constantly turn and adjust while pedaling slightly uphill. This portion of the trail has been added in the last couple of years and is getting better every season. If you continue to Trail #14 you will find your way to K-Bypass, a short technical trail that keeps you on your toes. Again, novice and intermediate riders proceed with caution. This trail gets difficult in many areas, especially near the bottom where tight turns over roots and rocks are a plenty. Try it you'll like it.

Bias aside, we think this trail is one of the top five in the state. The only negative about this trail, for the newcomer, it's easy to get turned around. If you don't have a GPS device, try to hook up with a local, they're always willing to add one more rider to the group. Try it before the end of the year, it closes October 15th.


  • Overall Trail Difficulty: 4
  • Overall Aerobic Difficulty: 4
  • Overall Trail Rating: 4

Ratings based on a scale of 1-5 • 5 Being the highest •

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