DEVIL'S LAKE STATE PARK - BARABOO WI
|View from East Bluff Trail - Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo WI|
Devil's Lake State Park is known regionally as one of the Midwest's greatest scenic and recreation areas. Devil's Lake in Baraboo WI has always been considered a natural wonder and a playground for outdoorsmen. The park offers camping, fishing, two beaches, expansive picnic areas, rock climbing, bouldering, scuba diving, boating and sailing, and some of the finest hiking in the Midwest.
The East Bluff trails are comparable to hiking trails offered in the Appalachian and Pacific regions. The route covered in this article includes two mountaineering rated climbs, a level 4 and level 5. The extraordinary geology, landscape, and panoramic views you'll encounter on this trail draw in a steady stream of hikers year round.
|Hiking on The Potholes Trail|
Recommended Trail Route
Enter from the East side of the park at the South Beach. Proceed to the level 4 rated climb on Balanced Rock Trail. This trail is a 500' climb ... with switchbacks you will have ascended for nearly 1 mile before leveling off. You will pass Balanced Rock along the way.
At the top you find a well marked intersection of trails. Make a hard left onto the East Bluff trail and enjoy the many bald outcroppings with panoramic views. You will slowly descend until you meet the next major intersection. Turn right onto the East Buff Woods Trail. This trail may deceive you into believing it is easier. It is in fact a level 5 climb.
The East Bluff Woods Trail will bring you back to the East Bluff Trail. Veer off to the left on the East Bluff Trail and see Devil's Doorway. Then descend the bluff on the Potholes Trail. At the base of the bluff turn right onto the CCC trail and take this trail back to the parking lot. You will have hiked approximately 4 miles and for about 2 hours.
|Balanced Rock - Devil's Lake WI|
Devil's Lake State Park
Another beautiful day at Paradise Pond ... Paradise Pond? So the quote goes, if this place was named Paradise Pond no one would have come. The devil in the name Devil's Lake was a tourist luring gimmick.
You might be inspired to spin your own yarns about Devil's Lake. It's just that kind of a place. There isn't a straight tree to be found among the tumbled bluffs overlooking the Devil's Lake. It's knotted, and ancient, and impressed with laughing colors. You'll find rocks and crags of every shape, and if your imagination is lively you'll be able to see all sorts of pictograms emerge as you gaze down from perches aloft.
|View of Devil's Lake from East Bluff Trail - Devil's Lake - Baraboo WI|
Overview: Devil's Lake East Bluff Trails
COMMUNITIES: Baraboo, Merrimac
TOTAL MILES: 3.8 miles (Route described above)
POINTS OF INTEREST: Devil's Lake State Park, Balanced Rock, Balanced Rock Trial, East Bluff Trail, East Bluff Woods Trail, Potholes Trail, Devil's Doorway, South Face
CAMPING: Devil's Lake State Park, Nordic Pines Campground
LODGING: Nordic Pines Campground, Wildwood Inn, Devils Head Resort
Directions and Trail Map
Address for your GPS: S6513 WI-113, Merrimac, WI 53561
| Coordinates: N43.409566, W089.724014 |
|From Milwaukee||2 Hours|
|From Madison||45 Minutes|
|From Green Bay||3 Hours|
|From Wausau||2 Hours|
|From Minneapolis||3.5 Hours|
|From Chicago||3 Hours|
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|Chalk stains indicate a rock climbing trail on the Balanced Rock Trail - Devil's Lake Baraboo WI|
|Balanced Rock, Balanced Rock Trail - Devil's Lake - Baraboo WI|
|Rock forms on the East Bluff Trail - Devil's Lake Baraboo Wisconsin|
|East Bluff Trail - Devil's Lake - Baraboo WI|
|View of the Boathouse from East Bluff Trail - Devil's Lake - Baraboo WI|
|Cave on East Bluff Trail - Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo WI|
|East Bluff Woodlands Trail - Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo WI|
|Potholes on the Pothole Trail - Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo WI|
|Pothole Trail - Devil's Lake State Park - Baraboo WI|