Devil’s Lake State Park West Bluff

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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No less impressive than its sister bluff across the lake, this rocky outcropping offers a stroll along the lakeshore through talus and a series of overlooks 500 feet above the water. Devil’s Lake might be a river, if not for a glacier’s intrusion about 15,000 years ago. The two bluffs seen today are two of the most ancient rock outcrops in North America. Estimated to be about 1.6 billion years old, they are made of quartzite, a metamorphic rock formed from grains of sand cemented in a nonporous fashion—unlike sandstone, which is porous.

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"No less impressive than its sister bluff across the lake, this rocky outcropping offers a stroll along the lakeshore through talus and a series of overlooks 500 feet above the water.

Devil’s Lake might be a river, if not for a glacier’s intrusion about 15,000 years ago. The two bluffs seen today are two of the most ancient rock outcrops in North America. Estimated to be about 1.6 billion years old, they are made of quartzite, a metamorphic rock formed from grains of sand cemented in a nonporous fashion—unlike sandstone, which is porous."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baraboo
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1 hour
Season: 6 a.m.–11 p.m. year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 1,000 feet
Top Elevation: 1,400 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/devilslake, 608-356-8301
Local Maps: USGS Baraboo; in the park guide available in the park office; posted at trailhead

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Jun 2018