Indian Marker Tree Trail

Blue Mounds, Wisconsin

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With the relentless building and paving of modern society, it is amazing to think you might still find reminders of the centuries when Native Americans traveled this land. Blue Mound, the highest point in southern Wisconsin, was a sacred place to them. They called the haze, which often hangs over the top, smoke of the Great Spirit. For thousands of years they came here to gather chert, a cream-colored flintlike rock used to make cutting tools and spear and arrow points. The trail you snowshoe follows their ancient path. The trail has many twists and turns. It may be a bit hard to follow if it hasn’t been hiked or snowshoed. The path is narrow and at times difficult to distinguish from other openings in the trees. Think of this as a chance to test your trail-finding skills. You will roughly follow the mound’s contour lines around, so don’t go up or down too far and always keep the uphill side on your right. You can nearly always see the top of the mound. The East Observation Tower can be spotted through the trees long before getting to it. Surface quality: Ungroomed, hiker and snowshoer packed. Fees: yes
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by Phil Van Valkenberg (The Globe Pequot Press)

With the relentless building and paving of modern society, it is amazing to think you might still find reminders of the centuries when Native Americans traveled this land. Blue Mound, the highest point in southern Wisconsin, was a sacred place to them. They called the haze, which often hangs over the top, smoke of the Great Spirit. For thousands of years they came here to gather chert, a cream-colored flintlike rock used to make cutting tools and spear and arrow points. The trail you snowshoe follows their ancient path.

The trail has many twists and turns. It may be a bit hard to follow if it hasn’t been hiked or snowshoed. The path is narrow and at times difficult to distinguish from other openings in the trees. Think of this as a chance to test your trail-finding skills. You will roughly follow the mound’s contour lines around, so don’t go up or down too far and always keep the uphill side on your right. You can nearly always see the top of the mound. The East Observation Tower can be spotted through the trees long before getting to it. Surface quality: Ungroomed, hiker and snowshoer packed. Fees: yes

©  Phil Van Valkenberg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Blue Mounds
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 1,700 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Blue Mound State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Indian Marker Tree Trail

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