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Ice Age Trail: Gibraltar Rock

Intermediate
 4.6 (14)

A trail with great views of Lake Wisconsin and Gibraltar Rock.


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Map Key

4.8

Miles

7.8

KM

Point to Point

1,262' 385 m

High

777' 237 m

Low

799' 243 m

Up

684' 209 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Description

Starting from the Merrimac Ferry near Lake Wisconsin, head east and connect with a singletrack trail that runs parallel to Hwy 113 (north side). Soon, the trail will cross Hwy 113 and start to ascend some terrain.

In this section, you'll be surrounded by thick foliage and some patches of pine forests, but you'll still have some very scenic views of Lake Wisconsin to the north and east. Eventually, you'll emerge in a prairie, where there are some backcountry camping spots available.

Follow the yellow blazes past the campground trail to find yourself at a very stunning overlook of Lake Wisconsin to the east/northeast. From there, you'll descend into a valley and finally meet up with Slack Road.

To continue to Gibraltar Rock, you'll have to take some road miles here for a while. Head down Slack Road (which, fortunately, does not have much traffic), and then take a right on Hwy V (which also has relatively low traffic volume). Once you come across Gibraltar Rock Road, you are ready to hit the dirt again.

Follow the singletrack in the woods up a relatively long and steady climb. You'll be rewarded with some great views of Gibraltar Rock, rolling farmlands to the south and west, and Lake Wisconsin to the west. (Trivia: This view has recently become famous by being featured in the dark film "Uncle John" an indie film that is getting rave reviews at various film festivals around the world.)

After a breathtaking visit to Gibraltar Rock, head onward, and you'll descend the terrain into some beautiful prairies that are on the western portion of the Gibraltar Rock County Park. Eventually, you'll end up at another trailhead parking lot. It is common for people to double back from there for a long out-and-back.

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Chris Rozoff

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  4.6 from 14 votes

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View from the top of Gibraltar
May 31, 2018 near Lake Wi…, WI
View from top of Gibraltar Rock.
Sep 1, 2015 near Lake Wi…, WI
Gibraltar Rock, nearing sunset, looking southwest.
Sep 1, 2015 near Lake Wi…, WI
Looking east, northeast at Lake Wisconsin.
Sep 1, 2015 near Lake Wi…, WI

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Oct 31, 2020
Chad Dean
May 16, 2020
Ryan Beatty
Mar 21, 2020
Levi Schubkegel
Mar 14, 2020
Meghan Ziegler
Nice out and back. Cool morning ~30° and light breeze. Some ice and snow, slipped on a downhill and banged up my knee but all is good! — 4h 09m
Jan 1, 2020
Avery Pronschinske
Wonderful trail that offered beautiful views! Dog friendly
Oct 15, 2019
Madeleine Walstad
Oct 5, 2019
Nathan Chadderdon
8mi
Aug 28, 2019
Tabitha Darnell
Great backpacking segment. Wish there were more water sources. Had a blast with my husband and our 2 labs. 6.8mi — 3h 15m