Lone Rock

Adams, Wisconsin 53910

Lone Rock

Lone Rock Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Approach an isolated sandstone bluff through a secluded State Natural Area and climb to the top for some long views to the horizon. Lone Rock is an outing with a story line you will like. The walk in, through pleasant oak pine woods, is just long enough to build suspense. When the sandstone bluff finally comes into sight, there is a sense of reward, of compensation for curiosity and effort. The hidden route to the top, and the long views, add to that sentiment.

Most remarkable about those views, stretching across the forested flats and buttes of central Wisconsin, is that few things made by humans in sight. Bluffs and mounds in Black River State Forest, some 40 miles away, show on the northwest horizon. The route to Lone Rock is a marked snowmobile trail that makes for fast walking. From the trailhead, walk west past a gate on a wide grassy trail that was once a road. Just past the gate there is a split. An orange arrow points to the choice on the right, a lane going west. Ignore that arrow and take the choice on the left (southwest)."

Lone Rock Trip Reports

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Out and back hike was mostly easy with a moderate to difficult area near Lone Rock Butte. Trail seems to be lightly used.Although there was a lot of graffiti etched into the rock at the bottom of the formation. There was a lot of shade on the trail but there were also areas where there wasn't any. The trail was easy to follow and some trail markings were visible. The trail might become more difficult to navigate as brush and grasses grow. Didn't have time to find the described rough trail up to the top. Might be a good challenge for an avid rock climber.

Be sure to go prepared as there were a lot of mosquitoes and flies. A good repellent made the hike pleasant.

Lone Rock is an interesting formation with caverns at it's base. Allow extra time to explore it and find the trail to the top. I plan on going back.
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This trail was a bit of a surprise. I was not expecting the immensity of the lone rock. It was more along the lines of a mesa out west. Very cool. The trail description is a little misleading in the guide. To get to the slot canyon that takes you to the top, the guide says there will be a trail to the base of the cliff. This is not true. I ended up going around to the back and essentially making my own trail. This was fun but unnecessary. Once on top I found the trail and was able to follow it down. Overall it was a great hike and would definitely recommend it.
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I found that this trail was difficult to find. The google map directions took me to a road new the trail. The trail itself is also not marked. Once finding the trail, we had flies swarming around us. The trail was very overgrown which made it difficult to see where it let. We didn't make the whole trail.
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We were under constant attack from deer flies the three miles through the woods to the butte. I never did find the large canyon offering an easy assent up the butte, but I enjoyed the climb I invented, however, sandstone should not be trusted for a foot-hold.

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
3 hours
April - October
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, 532 N. Main St., Adams, 53910; (608) 339-3385; dnr.wi.gov
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USGS Adams
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