Ice Age Trail: Kettle Moraine Northern Unit/Mauthe Lake to Butler Lake
ElevationAscent: 813' 248 m
Descent: -753' -229 m
High: 1,151' 351 m
Low: 992' 302 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“An essential hiking trail in Wisconsin.”— Chris Rozoff
The overall scenery/ambience is refreshing to the soul. This is Kettle Moraine, so it has a number of picturesque kettles (small lakes nestled in bumpy terrain features known as moraines, which are just debris left over from the glaciers of the last ice age). The forests are a mixture of temperate coniferous and deciduous trees with some plantations of pines that are nothing short of stunning.
Plenty of colorful fall foliage is present for those lucky enough to visit in late September/October. It is a very peaceful place perhaps deceptively hidden in a region of the state more known for its agriculture, brats, and cheese. What a great refuge for those seeking time in nature any time of year, and such a great place for hikes of varying distances.
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