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Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit Activities and recreation

Hiking Hiking

There are several miles of hiking trails within the forest. One of the highlights of the forest is the observation tower which offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. Hiking is not allowed on the cross-country ski trails when they are snow-covered. Pets must be on a leash 8 feet or shorter at all times.

Abundant bird life and wildlife can be observed from all trails and guided bird hikes are held each spring. There are several prairie restoration sites and a butterfly garden.

Biking Biking

Off-road biking is permitted on the Prairie Path Trail (4.8 miles), on the west side of County Highway C. Just south of the park, in the village of Wales, the Glacial Drumlin State Trail is open to bicyclists. A state trail pass is required for bikers 16 years of age and older.

Camping Camping

There is one backpacking campsite open year-round in the forest.

Picnicking Shelters Picnic areas

Observation tower
Observation Tower.
DNR Photo

There are three picnic areas in the forest at Evergreen Grove, Homestead Hollow and the observation tower.

Horseback Riding Horseback riding

Horseback riding is permitted on the Prairie Path Trail (4.8 miles), on the west side of County Highway C. There are no overnight equestrian camps at Lapham Peak. A state trail pass is required for horseback riders 16 years of age and older.

Horseback Riding Hausmann Nature Center

Outdoor Education Field Trips at the Hausmann Nature Center are provided by Milwaukee Public Schools – Recreation.

Winter Activities Winter activities

There are 17 miles of cross-country ski trails at Lapham Peak (including 2.5 miles of lighted trails for night skiing). Lapham Peak also has snow-making equipment which makes it possible to improve the quality of the snow base and extend the season for skiers. Hikers, pets and snowshoers must stay off of the ski trails when they are snow-covered. A state trail pass is required for skiers 16 years of age and older.

During the winter ski season, there is also a lighted cross-country ski trail for night skiing. Trail lights are on until 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There are no trail lights Sunday evenings.

There is a 24-hour trail conditions and grooming hotline at 262-646-4421 or visit the Friends of Lapham Peak Web site [exit DNR].

Hikers and snowshoers may explore several miles of trails that are not groomed for skiing. The trails in the forest that are open for snowshoeing include the Ice Age Trail and the Prairie Path.

Last revised: Friday November 30 2018