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Parfrey's Glen Trail

Intermediate
 4.6 (10)

A deep and narrow gorge follows a beautiful stream through a peaceful glen.


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Map Key

0.9

Miles

1.4

KM

Point to Point

1,177' 359 m

High

862' 263 m

Low

324' 99 m

Up

9' 3 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Open from 6AM-8PM daily. Please stay on the trail to protect endangered plants.

Description

This short trail is a must-see! While inside the boundaries of Devil's Lake State Park, the trailhead is about 4 miles east of the main parking lots on the south shore of the lake.

Though the trail enters a deep ravine, it actually ascends through much of the route as the rocks rise around the hiker. Follow Parfrey's Glen Creek as it winds through the geologic tapestry around you. The purple quartzite so common around Devil's Lake is present here only as conglomerate boulders embedded in the sandstone bluffs around the trail. The green moss-covered sandstone was once part of a prehistoric beach, which is layered with the quartzite conglomerate.

At the end of the trail is a small waterfall.

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Shared By:

Austin Lynch

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  4.6 from 10 votes

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Apr 6, 2019
James Kim
Mar 29, 2019
Ash Lyke
A must see in winter! The ice freezes over the rock walls in breathtaking ways, and the trickier parts of the stream-hopping are iced over.
Jul 24, 2018
Jake Benjamin
Jul 12, 2018
Becca Thomas