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A connecting segment for the Ice Age Trail with a decent hike through Kettle Moraine landscape, but mostly road travel.


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3.9

Miles

6.3

KM

Point to Point

1,061' 323 m

High

903' 275 m

Low

428' 130 m

Up

410' 125 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Description

Overall: If you're looking for a good hike, I would advise going to either Lapham Peak for a wider variety and distances of trails or (to better avoid crowds at Lapham) head South to Scuppernong trails. The wooded section of this trail may be useful for local hikers looking for a path with little to no company.

With the majority of this section along Waterville Road, the Waterville Segment of the Ice Age Trail is primarily only a connecting route between the Scuppernong and Lapham Peak segments of the Ice Age Trail.

The parts that are off the road offers an average landscape expected in the Kettle Moraine, rolling hills with a few minor hills to climb. However, this area in particular consists of mostly low-land which requires boardwalks in some areas and creates for swampy/muddy conditions around those boardwalks. The swampy and wet nature of the area also makes it a mosquito haven, especially during a wet season, but does however enable some interesting scenery of very moss covered trees and rocks and lots of mushrooms along the path.

Although most of the segment is on Waterville road, the road is actually quite a pleasant hike with very little traffic (lots of cyclists) and a scenic drive sort of feel.

There is plenty of parking located near the UW Waukesha Field Station also by the Wildlife in Need Center. Additionally, contrary to maps, there is parking for two vehicles right on Waterville Road where the trail enters/exits the woods.

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Kyle C

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Prairie edge
Aug 6, 2017 near Dousman, WI
Boardwalk
Aug 6, 2017 near Dousman, WI
North Entrance
Aug 6, 2017 near Dousman, WI
Waterville boardwalk
Aug 6, 2017 near Dousman, WI
Waterville muddy section
Aug 6, 2017 near Dousman, WI
Moss-covered tree
Aug 6, 2017 near Dousman, WI

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