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RUN TRAIL PROFILE: Ridge Trail - Osceola, WI

One of 2 entry gates to the Ridge Trail, the entire Ridge Trail system is a trail runner's paradise, with ample opportunity for adventure!

The Ridge Trail traverses the majestic, high ridges overlooking the St. Croix River, roughly mid-way between St. Croix Falls and Osceola, WI.  This is an amazing foot trail that generally, only the locals know about - one that isn't promoted and info can't be found online about it (except for at of course).  Next time you're in the St. Croix River valley, you owe it to yourself to check out!

Following is some basic info on the trail:

Location:  There are 2 trail heads (Osceola and Chisago), about 1/4 mile apart off of County Road S, about 2 miles north of Osceola, WI and 3.5 mile south of St. Croix Falls, WI.  I prefer parking at the Osceola trail head, as it is bigger and a bit more private.  Click here for the Google Map

Distance & Loops:  There are 2 loops and which are interconnected - the Osceola and Chisago loops.  The Osceola loop is roughly 2.5 miles in length and the Chisago loop is roughly 1.25 miles in length.  They are nicely interconnected - just follow the signs.  There are also some unmarked dead end trails which are fun to explore that will add distance to your run. 

Trail Surface:  This well established trail is periodically maintained and is generally free of debris (sticks, down trees, leaves, etc).  In some places, the trail is covered with a wonderful soft bed of pine needles which feel great on your legs and feet.  This is a rocky area, and there are some rocks sticking up out of the ground, particularly in a few places on the Chisago Loop.  As is the case with all trail running, step with care.

Terrain:  Generally flat and rolling, with a hilly section on the Chisago loop.  The west edge of the trail overlooks the St. Croix River along the edge of a very steep cliff - providing some great views. 

One of the dead end spurs off of the Chisago Loop takes you along the peak of a beautiful ridge overlooking the majestic St. Croix River.

A spring view of a flooded St. Croix River Valley, from atop the west edge of the Osceola Loop.

1 comment:

  1. Great trail, be sure to run down to the river and hit the hill back up to S. Killer 3 minute hill climb.