Ice Age Trail

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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The long downhill isn’t the only motivation for visiting in winter. Devils Lake is incredibly beautiful and perhaps the most geologically significant place in the state. It seems a shame that more isn’t done to make winter recreation hospitable. At the same time, the solitude is soothing. The start/finish is at the north end beach, where you look south into the lake-filled gap out through 400-foot-high quartzite bluffs. Snowmobiles are not allowed on the lake. It’s quiet. If we mention skiing downhill for a mile, any wary skier would conclude that meant one must also ski uphill for a mile. That would be correct. The climb begins immediately; the blessing is that only 260 feet are gained. Other than four very steep short sections you will herringbone, the climb is fairly gradual. The trails are two-way. Skiing the loop clockwise is recommended. On the right, as you near the top, the bluff falls away sharply. This is the side of the canyon you’ll ski down later. Surface quality: Groomed periodically, single tracked, skate lane. Fees: yes.
Winter Trails: Wisconsin

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Winter Trails: Wisconsin

by Phil Van Valkenberg (The Globe Pequot Press)

The long downhill isn’t the only motivation for visiting in winter. Devils Lake is incredibly beautiful and perhaps the most geologically significant place in the state. It seems a shame that more isn’t done to make winter recreation hospitable. At the same time, the solitude is soothing. The start/finish is at the north end beach, where you look south into the lake-filled gap out through 400-foot-high quartzite bluffs. Snowmobiles are not allowed on the lake. It’s quiet.

If we mention skiing downhill for a mile, any wary skier would conclude that meant one must also ski uphill for a mile. That would be correct. The climb begins immediately; the blessing is that only 260 feet are gained. Other than four very steep short sections you will herringbone, the climb is fairly gradual. The trails are two-way. Skiing the loop clockwise is recommended. On the right, as you near the top, the bluff falls away sharply. This is the side of the canyon you’ll ski down later. Surface quality: Groomed periodically, single tracked, skate lane. Fees: yes.

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Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing
Nearby City: Baraboo
Distance: 7.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 960 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Devils Lake State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Ice Age Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

10/2/2002
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The trail is a must for all those within the Chicago Metro area. For a relatively short drive, the Ice Age Trail takes you lightyears away from the crowded suburban life. The trail is moderately difficult in sections but provides enough balance between the more steep and technical areas with the more stroll friendly sections. Definately a late summer/early autumn trip is prefered for the lack of bugs, crisp air and beautiful changing foliage. Beware of holiday weekends cause the area can get packed. Ice Age Trail and Devils Lake sights are well worth the trip.


10/1/2001
0

Every fall some friends and I make our yearly trip onto the Ice age trail. Our departure spot is located about an hour and a half outside of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I personally think that the trail is for any level of experience. There are many hills, marshes, and beaver dams to cross. Although you would think that the bugs would get the best of you because of the location, I think that there are more beaver lodges, then bug nests. The sites are amazing to look and ponder at. I would definately recomend this trail during the fall season. The trees are amazing!!



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