In 2022, Bike Fed is focusing on advancing important trails and projects throughout the state that can make a difference for Wisconsin cyclists. This month’s project highlight: the Granite Peak Expansion in Marathon County.
Another priority project for 2022 is one of Wisconsin’s most known ski attractions in the state: Granite Peak. The slopes are nestled into Rib Mountain State Park, which is currently undergoing its scheduled master planning process through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This process could provide northern Wisconsin with more exciting opportunities for mountain bikers.
DNR master planning involves laying out the future of what our outdoor recreation opportunities look like in different sectors of the state. In the case of Rib Mountain State Park, the master planning process has huge implications for cyclists, local economies, tourism opportunities, and so much more. As DNR works on the new master plan, one option for the future of the park and Granite Peak could allow for mountain biking opportunities throughout both Granite Peak and broader Rib Mountain. An expansion like the one being considered could draw outdoor enthusiasts from not just all over the state, but all over the country.
Currently, DNR is considering four options for the new master plan, ranging from Option 1 which has very little changes to the park, to Option 4 which has many added amenities including the new mountain biking opportunities. After its first public input period last fall, the most popular of the options were Option 1 (little changes) and Option 4 (many changes).
Because public input and stakeholder insights are key to DNR’s decision making for master planning, Bike Fed is doing everything we can to ensure Option 4 is adopted. Cycling infrastructure opportunities like this don’t come along every day, so we are pulling out all the stops to show the value of these incredible new mountain biking options.
We are (not so) patiently awaiting the next public input period, which we expect to start soon, in which we will be calling on cyclists throughout the state to share the importance of elevating bike infrastructure through our public lands. Of course, we will let you know when this new comment period is open to share your thoughts; but, please also feel free to follow along with the DNR’s process yourself by visiting the Rib Mountain State Park public page, or even signing up for updates directly from DNR.