Ice Age Trail

Bluff Creek State Natural Area, Wisconsin

Elevation Gain5,953ft
Trailhead Elevation873ft
Elevation Min/Max846/1042ft
Elevation Start/End873/873ft

Ice Age Trail

Ice Age Trail is a hiking trail in Walworth County and Jefferson County, Wisconsin. It is within Kettle Moraine Oak Opening State Natural Area, Bluff Creek State Natural Area, and Kettle Moraine State Forest - South. It is 18.0 miles long and begins at 873 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 36.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,953 feet. Along the trail there are waters, parking, and drinking water.

Ice Age Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Another excellent segment of the national scenic trail, this path climbs moraines through Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Southern Unit before ending at Whitewater Lake.

Find wood-beam and earth steps to an aspen colony, and then enter a clearing with a bench overlooking the surrounding area from the top of the ridge. Head back into the woods 100 feet later via steps down through more aspen. Brush thins out and, 0.25 mile from the bench and overlook, oaks start to dominate. The path follows along the top of moraines with good shade and nice views into the creases between them. Wildflowers appear along the trail from spring to fall. The path has a lot of stray rocks, which can make footing tricky when the leaves fall and cover them."

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Trail Information

Bluff Creek State Natural Area
Nearby City
Bluff Creek State Natural Area
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level, 800-227-0046
Local Contacts
USGS Whitewater; Ice Age Trail Atlas
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018