Devil’s Lake West Bluff

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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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.

Devil’s Lake: West Bluff Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baraboo
Distance: 2.7 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring through fall
Additional Use: Swimming, Boating, Camping
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Devil’s Lake State Park, S5975 Park Rd., Baraboo, WI 53913; (608) 356-8301; dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/devilslake/; www.devilslakewisconsin.com
Local Maps: USGS Baraboo, WI; trails map available at visitor center and online
Driving Directions: Directions to Devil’s Lake: West Bluff

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May 2018