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Ice Age Trail: Devil's Lake Segment

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Length

10.6 Miles 17.1 Kilometers


Elevation

1,329' 405 m

Ascent

-1,805' -550 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

75%

Max Grade (37°)

1,485' 453 m

High

847' 258 m

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Some Mud, Icy History

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An arduous and scenic trek through some of Wisconsin's interesting geological history.

Chris Rozoff

Overview

Features: Birding — Cave — Fall Colors — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife [Add/Remove]

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Easily ranking as one of Wisconsin's more popular sections of trail for good reason, this trail has it a lot to love: challenging climbs through Rocky Mountain style terrain near Devil's Lake, the lake itself, stunning views of some of Wisconsin's more respectable topography of the Baraboo Range, dense forests, interesting rock formations, and camping.

It's important to note that the Ice Age Trail ends up overlapping a few of the trails in the park. There are trail signs posted with the park names, as well as the yellow blazes that demarcate the Ice Age Trail. Use the Hiking Project mobile app to help with navigation.

Actually, despite the popularity of Devil's Lake and Devil's Lake State Park, some sections of the Ice Age Trail in this segment see relatively low traffic. Really, the trail only gets busy on the West and East Bluffs and really only immediately around the lake on summer weekends. Otherwise, the trail can often be tranquil. There are some flat sections of trail, but also plenty of steep and sustained climbs (where the trail crosses the West Bluff and the Balanced Rock Trail). There is access to other trails as well. Overall, the scenery is some of the best in Wisconsin.

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Land Manager: Wisconsin State Parks

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Apr 2, 2018
Zac Hoogeveen
Great hike! Was very cold, so the ground was frozen. Would recommend it to anyone looking for a moderately challenging hike with great views. 9.5mi
Mar 10, 2018
Ashley Stuart
11.5mi
Oct 8, 2017
Lori Bieniek
8mi
Nov 27, 2016
Korina Justiniani
Trail in good condition, nice elevation gain when you're heading towards Devil's doorway. 13.4mi

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