Perrot Ridge

Trempealeau, Wisconsin

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Start with a steep climb to the top of Brady’s Bluff and along Perrot Ridge for some nice views of the Mississippi River. The hike descends again through open woods, bringing you to a path along the river and railroad tracks back to where you started. Location matters, and this hike has it. Make the effort to make two 500-foot climbs to the heights of Perrot State Park, and your reward will be views of the Mississippi River that are among the best in Wisconsin. Others before us favored this spot. Early Native Americans were here as long as 7,000 years ago, and hundreds of Indian mounds, some the work of the famous Hopewell Culture, dotted the area at one time. European presence began with Nicholas Perrot, who wintered here in 1685, the beginning of a French vanguard that led to the building of a fort in 1731.
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Hiking Wisconsin

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

Start with a steep climb to the top of Brady’s Bluff and along Perrot Ridge for some nice views of the Mississippi River. The hike descends again through open woods, bringing you to a path along the river and railroad tracks back to where you started.
Location matters, and this hike has it. Make the effort to make two 500-foot climbs to the heights of Perrot State Park, and your reward will be views of the Mississippi River that are among the best in Wisconsin.

Others before us favored this spot. Early Native Americans were here as long as 7,000 years ago, and hundreds of Indian mounds, some the work of the famous Hopewell Culture, dotted the area at one time. European presence began with Nicholas Perrot, who wintered here in 1685, the beginning of a French vanguard that led to the building of a fort in 1731.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Trempealeau
Distance: 4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: April - October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Perrot State Park, W26247 Sullivan Rd., Trempealeau, 54661; (608) 534- 6409; dnr.wi.gov
Local Maps: USGS Perrot State Park trail map
Driving Directions: Directions to Perrot Ridge

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