WI Milwaukee Hoyt Park
Milwaukee County, Wisconsin
Hoyt Park, located along the Menomonee River in Milwaukee County, has approximately 2.5 miles of marked mountain bike trails, as well as hiking trails and a section of the Oak Leaf Trail.
- Terrain / Scenery: Mainly flat, but interesting trails running through wooded area along Menomonee River. Trails are natural-surfaced singletrack, though some sections are a bit wide.
- Fees / Permits: None
- Trail Conditions: The Metro Mountain Bikers provide trail conditions on their hotline at (414) 297-9616 option #2.
- Trail Markings: Directional posts.
- Getting There: Park is located west of Milwaukee in Wauwatosa, just east of highway 45Here is a Google Maps link to Hoyt Park
Map Notes: I put this map together from memory just to show the general location of the mountain bike trails. The trails shown may not be completely accurate, and my map does not show the hiking trails that also exist here (they frequently intersect with the mountain bike trails).
Thanks largely to the efforts of the Metro Mountain Bikers, Hoyt Park has about 2.5 miles of marked, legal, singletrack, mountain bike trails. Though the trails are pretty easy, and 2.5 miles is not all that much for mountain biking, this little trail system is a fun little ride if you're in the area. There are no hills in this trail system, but the winding river trail with occasional small obstacles is interesting enough for mountain bikers.
You can access the trails from the main parking area. There is a small access trail at the southeast corner of the parking lot (next to the swimming pool) that connects to the trails, or you can catch them near the entrance to the parking area. There are directional posts that identify the mountain bike trails and show the direction, but they seem to be the target of vandals and may not clearly mark the trails. There are hiking trails running through the same area as the mountain bike trails, and these trails frequently intersect, so try to watch for the directional posts. Basically, the mountain bike trail consists of one loop, though a small portion of the loop is two-way trail. The trail direction is counter-clockwise, so the trail nearest the river is the return trail.
There are additional legal mountain bike trails in Harley Woods, located about 3 miles from Hoyt Park. You can easily bike to the Harley Woods trails from Hoyt by taking the Menomonee River Parkway. There are also several sections of "informal" trails along the river you can check out on the way, though I'm not sure of the legal status of these other trails.
These trails are frequented by hikers and dog walkers, so watch for them.
Though I don't show them on the map, there are some hiking trails that run through the same area as the mountain bike trails. You can access them the same way you would access the mountain bike trails (at the southeast corner of the parking lot next to the pool).
Oak Leaf Trail
There is a paved section of the Oak Leaf Trail running through the park on the North side of the river (see map).
This page is authored and maintained by Dave Piasecki