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Ice Age Trail: Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit

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Southeastern Wisconsin's most epic trail.


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Map Key

32.3

Miles

52.0

KM

Point to Point

1,119' 341 m

High

851' 259 m

Low

3,479' 1,060 m

Up

3,409' 1,039 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Need to Know

There are free weekly hikes year round from Forest Headquarters—phone them for more info.

The Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance offers outings on Tuesdays at 4 PM (2.8 mi.) and Wednesdays at 10:30 (two choices: 3.5 or 5 miles plus). You'll need to meet at Hwy, 12 IAT trail crossing (2 mi. E. of Whitewater, 1/2 mi. W. of Co. Rd. O) for both. The guided outings cover most of the trails in the Southern Kettle Moraine. Contact: Chapter Coordinator Andy Whitney at 262-949-0286 for more information.

The land manager for Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit can be reached at
S91 W39091 State Hwy. 59
Eagle, WI 53119
(262) 594 6200 (9 AM to 4 PM)

Description

The Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit is a refuge in southeastern Wisconsin, a popular getaway destination for people in Madison, Milwaukee, and the Chicago area. It is spread out over a wide area and offers a lot of Wisconsin State Park camping and access for "silent sports."

This segment of the Ice Age Trail comprehensively explores this entire region, giving an excellent glimpse of the many kettles, lakes, and wetlands, along with the numerous moraines, which give this trail a lot of rolling hills to cover. The vegetation is a mixture of thick forests, including thick stands of pines that are stunning, and also wide open prairies. It is an excellent place to hike or run, in sections, or as a whole. This is one of Wisconsin's finest trails.

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One of the many pine forests.
Dec 27, 2020 near Whitewater, WI
Awesome pine plantation
Dec 27, 2020 near Whitewater, WI
A regal pine tunnel.
Dec 27, 2020 near Whitewater, WI
Overlook of Whitewater and Rice Lakes.
Dec 27, 2020 near Whitewater, WI

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Nov 17, 2020
Meg Walker
5mi
Oct 20, 2020
Thomas Kehrer
Overnight backpack from shelter 2 to 3 and back 23mi
Oct 12, 2019
Andy Markevicus
From Whitewater Lake camp to Lake La Grange. 8.8mi, 3:43 8.8mi — 3h 43m
Oct 7, 2019
Michael Butler
32mi
Oct 4, 2019
Amy Keck
Jul 27, 2019
Will T
Went from Ole Olsone Cabin to La Grange lake. Fairly easy hiking and the lake is nice to swim in. Mostly wooded with some grassland at beginning an… 9mi
Aug 24, 2018
billy robinson
7:30 am CTY N to Scup & back 2:15 out 2:30 in 10.5 mi 63° cloudy but no rain breezy autumnal 1 grp of 5OPS nada mas best IAT hike yet! moor&forest… 10.5mi
Aug 19, 2018
billy robinson
emma c to cty N & back; out 2:00 in 1:45; 5-10OPS mostly prairie, wished for binocs. bugs not as bad but still awful. 63° fog start, 78° sun&guns e…