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Parks & Recreation Project Manager:  Leah Burns |  608.789.8672

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Grandad Bluff Trail Project is underway 

Project completion estimated for Mid September

Please direct question to Leah Burns 

The City of La Crosse strives to develop and improve the recreational opportunities to be inclusive to all trail users. Grandad Bluff Park is an iconic landmark and destination for residents and visitors of the City. The park rests on 160 acres of underutilized conservancy public park land. The current use of the land adjacent to the park is heavily impacted by unguided activities that have negatively impacted the land. (download a map here) 

Grandad Bluff Trail Map 2_22_2020 jpeg


The land has evolved from a quarrying site in the 1800's to a trail system in the 1950's that followed the historical scares of past quarrying,  to most recently, an alien forest infested with invasive species, graffiti, litter, spontaneous, and dangerous rogue/social trails. The formalization of shared sustainable trails with aggressive invasive species removal will aid in mitigating unwanted environmental impacts by avoiding diverse habitats, and directing users away from sensitive cliffs and onto new thoughtful trails that were designed to international trail building standards.

The trail plan scheduled to break ground this spring includes approximately 5.5 miles of shared use trail. These trails are accessible from Grandad Bluff Park Road for users traveling by vehicle and on 29th & Ebner Coulee Road for users traveling by foot or bike. (Parking is discouraged at Neighborhood Access Points)The thoughtful design of the multi-use trail system will include consolidation of redundant trails, create better access, and reduce ecological impact.  Please see the attached trail plan information and contact the parks department with any questions. 

Trail Specifications

ISG Report of Trail Plan

Project Timeline

Neighborhood Access Design