Ice Age National Scenic Trail Whitewater Lake Segment

Cross Plains, Wisconsin 53528

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Whitewater Lake Segment

Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Whitewater Lake Segment Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"While the hike ends at Whitewater Lake, the dominating features are the abundant kettles along the way. Hike it in either direction, one-way or round-trip; fans speak highly of it in any season, even winter. Old oak forest, pine plantation, overlooks, and a footpath along the backs of glacial hills—this is classic Ice Age Trail terrain. At the lake end is a recreation area for camping and more hiking.

The trailhead is marked clearly with an Ice Age Trail mammoth emblem and begins straight through a gate. The wider path going straight and another going left are part of the Moraine Ridge Trail, a state horse and snowmobile trail. You take the rustic footpath that angles away on the right. The Ice Age Trail is marked with yellow blazes on posts and trees. Climb the ridge on broken rock and packed dirt; the path starts to turn to the southwest. In a clearing stop at a bench and enjoy the scenic overlook. What lies before you is a glacial outwash plain. Much of the tree cover is aspen here but oaks soon take over."

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Trail Information

Cross Plains
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
8.9
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3.5-4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Ice Age Trail Alliance, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528; (800) 227-0046; www.iceagetrail.org; Whitewater Lake Visitor Center and Campground, W7796 Kettle Moraine Dr., Whitewater, WI 53190; (262) 473-7501 (Memorial Day to Labor Day); dnr.wi.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Whitewater; Ice Age Trail Atlas
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018