Indian Marker Tree Trail is a hiking trail in Iowa County, Wisconsin. It is within Blue Mound State Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 1,712 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 435 feet. Near the trailhead there are parkings and an observation tower.
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"With the relentless building and paving of modern society, it is amazing to think you might still find reminders of the centuries when Native Americans traveled this land. Blue Mound, the highest point in southern Wisconsin, was a sacred place to them. They called the haze, which often hangs over the top, smoke of the Great Spirit. For thousands of years they came here to gather chert, a cream-colored flintlike rock used to make cutting tools and spear and arrow points. The trail you snowshoe follows their ancient path. The trail has many twists and turns. It may be a bit hard to follow if it hasn’t been hiked or snowshoed. The path is narrow and at times difficult to distinguish from other openings in the trees. Think of this as a chance to test your trail-finding skills. You will roughly follow the mound’s contour lines around, so don’t go up or down too far and always keep the uphill side on your right. You can nearly always see the top of the mound. The East Observation Tower can be spotted through the trees long before getting to it. Surface quality: Ungroomed, hiker and snowshoer packed. Fees: yes"
--Phil Van Valkenberg, Winter Trails: Wisconsin (The Globe Pequot Press).
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