I took a right into Owen Park before I got there, though, and I couldn't have made a better detour. There have to be close to 5 miles of mountain bike trails in Owen Park - none of it is exceptionally technical, but there are some good climbs, it's fun to ride the big paved runoff ditch like a halfpipe, and it's less than two miles from my house.
After some research, the City of Madison says I'm wrong about the mileage - it's only 3.4 miles of trails. It was also the farm and personal retreat of former UW professor John Owen. Thanks for the trails, John!
That makes four sections of mtb trails in the Madison metropolitan area that I know of, plus one that Burrito Eater says he found by his house. We should sketch these out on a map and make some giant urban-mtb loop.
This is completely unrelated to the previous paragraphs, but I wanted to add to the pile of sadness from two posts ago and I knew no one would scroll down to check for updates - School Sends Kids to Closed Amusement Park