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Star Lake Nature Trail (Red Trail)

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2.1 mile 3.4 kilometer loop
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 210' 64 m
Descent: -214' -65 m
High: 1,762' 537 m
Low: 1,671' 509 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Beautiful shoreline loop along Star Lake peninsula, featuring clear water and spectacular views.

Kevin Hill

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy hiking with only moderate inclines and a few roots here and there. Great opportunities to swim along the way. The Interpreted Nature Trail (Blue Trail) offers a shorter, 1.0 mile route.

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There are water pumps at the start of the trail, as well as about the halfway point, near the outer edge of the peninsula.

Description

Unquestionably one of the best short hikes in the area, this trail follows the shoreline of a lovely peninsula on Star Lake. The terrain is varied, though never difficult, and the vegetation changes considerably throughout given the short length of the trail. There is a shorter, 1.0 mile loop that can be done by taking a "shortcut" about half way to the end of the peninsula, but it would be a mistake to do so, as the best shoreline hiking, views, and beaches are in the outer loop. There are also interpretive signs along the way which are very interesting, as well as an offshoot trail taking you to Black Lagoon.

We went in the fall, but will be returning in the summer with a picnic and our swimsuits - the outer peninsula area has a picnic table, fire pit, and lovely sand beaches surrounded by impressive rocks!

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Black Lagoon
Oct 27, 2018 near Eagle R…, WI
Shoreline Trail - sometimes above the lake, and other times right at the waterline.
Oct 27, 2018 near Eagle R…, WI
Lovely Fall Colors, and an amazing change in scenery from the pines along the shoreline!
Oct 27, 2018 near Eagle R…, WI
Outer peninsula.
Oct 27, 2018 near Eagle R…, WI

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