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Ice Age Trail: Devil's Lake Segment

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (8)

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


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10.6

Miles

17.1

KM

Point to Point

1,485' 453 m

High

847' 258 m

Low

1,329' 405 m

Up

1,805' 550 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

75%

Max Grade (37°)

Dogs Unknown

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

Description

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Wisconsin State Parks

Shared By:

Chris Rozoff

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Photos

Devil's Doorway
Sep 27, 2017 near Baraboo, WI
Gorgeous view on the West Bluff at Devil's Lake, as seen from the Ice Age Trail.
Dec 20, 2015 near Baraboo, WI
Looking east from the East Bluff Trail
Sep 27, 2017 near Baraboo, WI
Balanced Rock on a winter's eve.  Balanced Rock Tail
Mar 24, 2015 near Baraboo, WI
A view of the lake and the East Bluff near sunset.
Sep 27, 2017 near Baraboo, WI
Panoramic of Devil's Lake on a rainy day.
Dec 18, 2015 near Baraboo, WI

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Sep 19, 2020
Musa Shongwe
9h 22m
Jul 6, 2020
Cindy Burtley
Jun 23, 2020
Matt Alfus
Sep 7, 2019
Catie Knoverek
1.5mi — 1h 30m
Jul 7, 2018
Ben Geertz
First hike!!!
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