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Ice Age Trail: Kettle Moraine Northern Unit/Mauthe Lake to Butler Lake

Intermediate
 4.0 (7)

An essential hiking trail in Wisconsin.


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Map Key

7.5

Miles

12.1

KM

Point to Point

1,151' 351 m

High

992' 302 m

Low

813' 248 m

Up

753' 229 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

If you are a hiker in Wisconsin, this is one of those trails that is a must-do. The trail offers a lot of fun variety for those seeking more than a flat and easy trail. There are nice flat sections, in forest and along prairies, but there are also many sections with steeper (albeit short) climbs/descents, technical sections with rocks and roots, and other areas with gentle climbs and fun, gentle descents.

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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Chris Rozoff

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  4.0 from 7 votes

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Butler Lake area at dawn in mid spring.
Dec 13, 2015 near Campbel…, WI

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Sep 11, 2020
Joseph Dimig
Got rained on, but we were prepared for that. Nice trail. 10mi — 2h 30m
Sep 9, 2018
Garrett Lenz
Trail was in good shape. Some trees were down near Butler Lake but nothing you couldn’t walk around. 11mi
Sep 3, 2017
Kevin Elens
May 26, 2016
Kim Whitney
31.3mi
Jun 14, 2015
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