CCRT - Calamine to Mineral Point

Total Miles
9.4

Elevation

290.28 ft

Duration

0.75 Hours

Technical Rating

2

Easy

Best Time

Summer, Spring, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

CCRT - Calamine to Mineral Point is a 9.4-mile point-to-point trail rated 2 of 10 located in Lafayette and Iowa Counties. This is a well-maintained trail consisting of crushed stone and gravel. This section of the trail crosses the Pecatonica River in several locations as well as a couple of minor creeks. The south end of this section starts at the intersection with the Pecatonica River State Trail, which is also usable by ATVs/UTVs and offroad motorcycles. This multi-use trail is open to ATVs, UTVs, dirt bikes, mopeds, motorcycles, horses and horse-drawn buggies, bicycles, and hikers. However, once there is 1 inch or more of snow on the trail, it closes to ATV/UTV use. After 4 inches of snow is on the trail, it opens to snowmobiles. Always check the TriCounty ATV website for current trail status as the trail may be closed at any time when conditions deteriorate (http://www.tricountyatv.org/trail-updates-and-map.html). All of the towns along the CCRT are ATV/UTV-friendly with signage posted showing ATV routes, making it easy to stop and shop. No motorized travel is permitted on the CCRT from 1 am to 5 am. ATV/UTV road travel restrictions differ in each community and are usually posted on ATV signs. Cell phone service is generally good along the entire trail. The nearest services are located in the community of Mineral Point. There are no services in Calamine. Cheese Country Recreation Trail stickers are required for motorcycles, mopeds, golf carts, and dirt bikes, as well as bicyclists and horseback riders ages 18 and older. ATVs and UTVs are not required to have a Cheese Country sticker, although they do need an in-state DNR registration sticker.

Photos of CCRT - Calamine to Mineral Point

CCRT - Calamine to Mineral Point
CCRT - Calamine to Mineral Point
CCRT - Calamine to Mineral Point

Difficulty

This trail is all maintained Rails to Trails packed gravel.

History

ATVs/UTVs and Off-Highway Motorcycles operating on the CCRT that meet the statutory definition are required to be registered for public use in the state of Wisconsin (residents only). Non-residents bringing an ATV or UTV into Wisconsin from their home state can operate their ATV or UTV on designated ATV/UTV corridors and frozen waterways with either a non-resident ATV/UTV trail pass affixed to the ATV/UTV or the operator has a valid non-resident 5-day trail use receipt. For additional information provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/permits/registrations. This 47-mile trail meanders through the heart of southwest Wisconsin's Driftless Area, noted for its rolling hills and rocky outcroppings left untouched by glaciers. It follows the corridor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad, which stopped using it in 1980. In addition to the graded route between Monroe and Mineral Point, the railroad left behind dozens of bridges. Mineral Point's historic architecture is reminiscent of a Cornish village with galleries, artist studios antique stores, and specialty shops. Mineral Point is a city like no other located in the beautiful driftless hills of southwest Wisconsin. It is a creative community filled with local business owners, makers, painters, potters, farmers, and foodies.

Technical Rating

2

Status Reports

There are no status reports yet for this trail.

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