Devil’s Lake West Bluff

Baraboo, Wisconsin 53913

Devil’s Lake West Bluff

Devil’s Lake: West Bluff Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike takes in two paths, including the West Bluff Trail, in one of Wisconsin’s showcase state parks, which features two bluffs rising over an oval lake that covers over 350 acres. The park has a fascinating geologic hisyory, with quartzite boulders piled up at the bottom of two bluffs that rise some 500 feet over the lake, providing fantastic views.

The descent on this hike is more treacherous than the climb up to the top of one of the bluffs, taking you down a very steep stone staircase through thick forest. The rocks can get slippery so make sure you have good hiking shoes here. Devil’s Lake is one of the most popular state parks in Wisconsin, and you can expect to see plenty of other hikers here. This isn’t the spot for a quiet, solitary nature walk. Boating and camping are among the other popular activities in the park, as is swimming at the beach near the visitor center."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison (Menasha Ridge Press)
Kevin Revolinksi
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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." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2.7 miles
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
2 hours
Spring through fall
Swimming, Boating, Camping
Additional Use
Devil’s Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913; (608) 356-8301;;
Local Contacts
USGS Baraboo, WI; trails map available at visitor center and online
Local Maps

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Dec 2018