Capital City Loop—Madison
Experience all the Madison area has to offer with very little traffic. This route will bring you South of the city where you will ride through prairies and next to Lake Monona.
If you want to add a few miles toward the end of the ride, you can easily add on the Lake Monona Loop for an extra 12 miles.
Destination Distance From Downtown
This trail is quite easy for 90% of the ride, however, there are a few short steep hills near the Southern section in Fitchburg.
Time To Complete
In almost all conditions, except winter, this trail is well maintained and even during rush hour, there is very little traffic to slow you down since it has bridges over the major roads.
Spring, Summer, and Fall
Although most paths in Madison are maintained in the winter, this was is not. Ice patches are common after freezes and studded tires are suggested.
For those commuting to work, there is no fee for this trail. If using it recreationally, the $4/day or $20/annual state trail pass is required. You can purchase a pass at several kiosks along the route. The SW Commuter path leading you from downtown Madison to the Capital City trail does not have a fee.