Chippewa Moraine Circle Trail

New Auburn, Wisconsin

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A shorter hike through Ice Age Trail country, this loop follows the national scenic trail a short distance before following a loop through kettle lakes and along the back of an esker. Wisconsin has no shortage of glacial scenery and place names bearing the word moraine. The Chippewa Moraine, though, is something special. Here there’s an eye-pleasing symmetry to the pattern of rounded hilltops and reflecting lakes. Unlike southeastern Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine, where the glaciers’ forward movement formed the moraines, this landscape is a result of glacial ice that stopped moving. After the glacier’s horizontal movement ceased, its surface debris flowed into low spots in the ice.
Hiking Wisconsin

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Hiking Wisconsin

by Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski (Falcon Guides)

A shorter hike through Ice Age Trail country, this loop follows the national scenic trail a short distance before following a loop through kettle lakes and along the back of an esker. Wisconsin has no shortage of glacial scenery and place names bearing the word moraine.

The Chippewa Moraine, though, is something special. Here there’s an eye-pleasing symmetry to the pattern of rounded hilltops and reflecting lakes. Unlike southeastern Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine, where the glaciers’ forward movement formed the moraines, this landscape is a result of glacial ice that stopped moving. After the glacier’s horizontal movement ceased, its surface debris flowed into low spots in the ice.

© 2016 Eric Hansen, revised by Kevin Revolinski/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: New Auburn
Distance: 4.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April - October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Chippewa Moraine State Recre- ation Area, 13394 CR M, New Auburn 54757; (715) 967-2800; dnr.wi.gov
Local Maps: USGS Marsh - Miller Lake; Ice Age Park and Trail Foundations Chippewa County segment map #66
Driving Directions: Directions to Chippewa Moraine Circle Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/24/2009
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Backpack camping; one site West and two sites East of trailhead. Also camping 200' from trail anywhere in Chipp. Co. Forest. Narrow, hilly, winding trials with pristine Wisc. lakes. Heavily wooded.


9/30/2002
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A enjoyable trail. My wife and I were unsure what to expect, and enjoyed this one throughly. The scenery was beautiful, we did not run into anyone on the trail, and the ranger was knowledgable. The loop was very well maintained and only took a couple of hours to complete. There is a fair amount of elevation change that can generate a sweat on even a cool day.



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