Devil's Lake State Park

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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Mountain biking at Devil’s Lake State Park takes place high on the East Bluff of this ancient glacial canyon. The park is famous for its glacial remains including stunning examples of erratics in the Balanced Rock and Devil’s Doorway formations. Hikers and climbers are the main populace of the park, and they definitely have the upper hand. The hiking trail system and climbing sites were developed by the CCC and hug the lake on both sides, providing spectacular views at every turn. The Ice Age Loop is the only trail open to mountain bikers and covers 4 miles over hard-packed singletrack, grass and gravel paths. The cliff walls and fields of tumbled boulders, many of which are larger than a compact car, illustrate the massive restructuring this state underwent during the ice age. The lake itself is carved so deep that in some areas the depth was unknown until advanced methods were available to gauge the depth. From the top of the bluffs it becomes obvious that park visitors were not the first to be amazed by the glacial structure.
Mountain Biking Wisconsin

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Mountain Biking Wisconsin

by Colby Thor Waller (Falcon Guides)

Mountain biking at Devil’s Lake State Park takes place high on the East Bluff of this ancient glacial canyon. The park is famous for its glacial remains including stunning examples of erratics in the Balanced Rock and Devil’s Doorway formations. Hikers and climbers are the main populace of the park, and they definitely have the upper hand.

The hiking trail system and climbing sites were developed by the CCC and hug the lake on both sides, providing spectacular views at every turn. The Ice Age Loop is the only trail open to mountain bikers and covers 4 miles over hard-packed singletrack, grass and gravel paths. The cliff walls and fields of tumbled boulders, many of which are larger than a compact car, illustrate the massive restructuring this state underwent during the ice age. The lake itself is carved so deep that in some areas the depth was unknown until advanced methods were available to gauge the depth. From the top of the bluffs it becomes obvious that park visitors were not the first to be amazed by the glacial structure.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Baraboo
Distance: 6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: March 15 to November 15. Mid-summer can be rather stifling, and proper hydration is a must. Don't be surprised to see snow in March, April and November. The swimming beach at the trailhead is open all summer from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Local Contacts: Baraboo Chamber of Commerce, Devil's Lake State Park 608-356-6618, Wisconsin Department of Tourism 608-266-2161, and Wisconsin Off-Road Bike Association 608-222-5608.
Local Maps: The trail area is shown on the USGS 7.5-minute quad for Baraboo. Maps are also available at the ranger station in the main parking lot.
Driving Directions: Directions to Devil's Lake State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

7/29/2009
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Awesome views from the bluffs- I hiked this (not biked) and had a great day walking around this really sweet lake. The Devil's Doorway is worth the hike but Balanced Rock is nothing too special.


8/8/2008
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nice quiet non motorized lake didnt do biking hiking was adequate on ridge


7/23/2000
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I went to Devil's Lake State Park in Baraboo Wi. It was my first REAL trail experience! I had Lots of fun...skill was easy enough for me to handle, but not to easy...never got bored, and had to work hard!



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