Ice Age Trail at Indian Lake Park

Baraboo, Wisconsin

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This hike traces the Ice Age Trail through Indian Lake County Park and around Indian Lake, an attractive tarn bordered by hill and prairie, wood, and field. First, the Ice Age Trail heads away from Indian Lake, traversing wooded hills broken by sporadic clearings. It then descends for the shores of Indian Lake, where aquatic vistas await. From there it rolls through meadows and restored prairie before crossing Halfway Prairie Creek and reaching the park boat ramp. From there, the hike joins a connector trail, skirting the north shore of Indian Lake. Complete the circuit with a short walk along the park entrance road. This Dane County Park hosts a portion of the Ice Age Trail. Indian Lake County Park covers nearly 500 acres in north-western Dane County. It is an important link in the Ice Age Trail corridor in Dane County. A spider web of trails runs through Indian Lake Park, especially on the south side of Indian Lake. Most of these trails are used during the winter as cross-country ski trails. Yet another mini-network of trails wanders through a prairie and is primarily used by dogs and their owners. Still other trails are used by snowmobilers in the winter. The best way to execute a successful and rewarding hike at Indian Lake Park is to simply follow the Ice Age Trail through the park, then use a connector path to make a loop.

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"This hike traces the Ice Age Trail through Indian Lake County Park and around Indian Lake, an attractive tarn bordered by hill and prairie, wood, and field. First, the Ice Age Trail heads away from Indian Lake, traversing wooded hills broken by sporadic clearings. It then descends for the shores of Indian Lake, where aquatic vistas await. From there it rolls through meadows and restored prairie before crossing Halfway Prairie Creek and reaching the park boat ramp. From there, the hike joins a connector trail, skirting the north shore of Indian Lake. Complete the circuit with a short walk along the park entrance road.

This Dane County Park hosts a portion of the Ice Age Trail. Indian Lake County Park covers nearly 500 acres in north-western Dane County. It is an important link in the Ice Age Trail corridor in Dane County. A spider web of trails runs through Indian Lake Park, especially on the south side of Indian Lake. Most of these trails are used during the winter as cross-country ski trails. Yet another mini-network of trails wanders through a prairie and is primarily used by dogs and their owners. Still other trails are used by snowmobilers in the winter. The best way to execute a successful and rewarding hike at Indian Lake Park is to simply follow the Ice Age Trail through the park, then use a connector path to make a loop."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Baraboo
Distance: 3.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-3 hours
Season: Spring-Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly

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Jun 2018