Ice Age National Scenic Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Cross Plains, Wisconsin 53528

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Cedar Lakes Segment Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This hike is along the Polk Kames, and thanks to a white-blazed alternate segment on the other side of the kames, this segment of the Ice Age Trail can be hiked round-trip without repeating too much ground. A couple of short stretches pass through rolling farmland, but most of it is in thick forest of oak, maple, and beech and follows the glacial formations. The trail loops around on the west side of the kames, passing a central pond before returning the way it came.

The trail heads south on a two-track along the edge of a field, but by 500 feet you are in the trees. Watch for a narrow, rustic footpath on the right marked with the yellow blaze of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Take this trail into the woods over gently rolling terrain through tall, stately hardwoods with sparse understory. A footbridge at 0.2 mile traverses a low, soggy spot at the edge of a small, marshy area on your left. The roll of the terrain starts to become a bit more strenuous, but never more than moderately so."

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Trail Information

Cross Plains
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
3.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Ice Age Trail Alliance, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528; (800) 227-0046; www.iceagetrail.org
Local Contacts
USGS Hartford East; Ice Age Trail Atlas; in a box at trailhead
Local Maps