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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.

Hiking Ice Age Trail 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.

Hiking C.C.C. trail (0.3 miles)

Steep climbing trails with stone steps. From the Group Camp to the top of the bluff.

Hiking Devil's Doorway (0.1 miles)

A short smooth easy loop, once you've already ascended to the top of the bluff. Scenic views.

Hiking Ice Age Trail 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.

Hiking East Bluff Woods trail (1.3 miles)

A moderately ascending/descending trail in the woods – no view of the lake.

Hiking Grottos trail (0.7 miles)

A level gravel trail running along the south face of the East Bluff.

Hiking 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.

Hiking Ice Age trail Ice Age National Scenic Trail (all parts – 13.7 miles)

Includes various portions of several Devil's Lake trails.

Hiking Johnson Moraine loop trail (2.8 miles)

Easy trail with some grades. Follows atop a terminal moraine, adjacent to glacial "kettles" and marsh areas.

A section of the Johnson Moraine Loop trail between the park amphitheater and the Steinke Basin/Uplands Trail loops is now closed. Hikers may get to the Steinke Basin area by using part of the Ice Age Trail north of County Road DL. Mountain bikes are now allowed only on the Uplands Trail Loop.

Hiking 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.

Hiking 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.

Hiking Ice Age Trail 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.

Hiking Ice Age Trail Sauk Point trail (4.5 miles)

Wooded and grassy ridge, farm, meadow, woods trail that traverses the highest point in the Baraboo Hills.

Hiking Cross-Country Skiing 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. Bicycles are allowed on the western and northern sections of the Steinke Basin Loop where it overlaps the Upland Trail Loop.

Hiking 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.

Hiking Bicycling Ice Age Trail 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).

Hiking Ice Age Trail 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.

Last revised: Thursday January 31 2019