Devil's Lake State Park Trail descriptions
Mileage and descriptions are one-way distances for that specific section of trail, unless specifically noted as a "loop." Trails may be combined to custom-create your own circuit or one-way hike of varying lengths and difficulties.
Balanced Rock trail (0.4 miles)
Steep climbing trail more like an uneven rocky staircase. Balanced rock is 3/4 way up, about 100 feet off the trail. Many scenic views.
C.C.C. trail (0.3 miles)
Steep climbing trails with stone steps. From the Group Camp to the top of the bluff.
Devil's Doorway (0.1 miles)
A short smooth easy loop, once you've already ascended to the top of the bluff. Scenic views.
East Bluff trail (1.7 miles)
A trail with periodic stone steps ascending; the most gradual way up the bluff (but still gains 500 feet elevation). All in the woods with scenic vistas of the lake. Elephant Rock and Elephant "Cave" along the way.
East Bluff Woods trail (1.3 miles)
A moderately ascending/descending trail in the woods – no view of the lake.
Grottos trail (0.7 miles)
A level gravel trail running along the south face of the East Bluff.
Group Camp trail (0.5 miles)
Foot path leading from outdoor group camp to the south shore picnic and beach area. Some steps along the way.
Ice Age National Scenic Trail (all parts – 13.7 miles)
Includes various portions of several Devil's Lake trails.
Johnson Moraine loop trail (2.8 miles)
Easy trail with some grades. Follows atop a terminal moraine, adjacent to glacial "kettles" and marsh areas.
Parfrey's Glen trail (0.7 miles)
Gently ascending moderate walking trail enters the sublimely spectacular hushed narrow gorge with moss and ferns and a small stream in the bottom of the glen. Visitors must stay on the trail to protect unique and endangered species in this State Natural Area. No food, drink or pets.
Potholes trail (0.3 miles)
Steep climbing trail with stone steps passing narrowly between quartzite rock faces. Wooded near bottom, with ancient rounded eroded potholes near the top, formed by swirling water.
Roznos Meadow trail (1.8 miles)
The park's newest trail, an easy grassy walk through a prairie restoration project in the valley with a great view of a glacial terminal moraine, then ascends/descends through the woods to join the Uplands trail.
Sauk Point trail (4.5 miles)
Wooded and grassy ridge, farm, meadow, woods trail that traverses the highest point in the Baraboo Hills.
Steinke Basin loop trail (2.4 miles)
Level and easy, partly grassy, partly wooded path crosses small streams with evidence of beavers; the area was once an ancient shallow glacial lake bed.
Tumbled Rocks trail (1.0 mile)
The park's most popular trail follows along the lakeshore winding through the boulder/talus fields at the base of the west bluff. Great scenic views from lake level.
Upland loop trail (3.8 miles)
A high loop trail with some limited vistas, then partly in grassy meadows near Steinke Basin. Can view the Wisconsin River if you know where to look (mountain bikes may travel this loop when not closed to bikes because of weather or conditions).
West Bluff trail (1.4 miles)
Trail with numerous but moderate ups and downs with scenic views of the lake from atop the West Bluff; many stone steps at the north end, and a steep ascent at the south end.