Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit

Delafield, Wisconsin

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Climb a tower at the highest peak in Waukesha County and be prepared to work as you hike the glacial roller coaster around this park that features a kettle moraine. Lapham Peak is named for Increase A. Lapham, a scientist and naturalist who came to Wisconsin in 1836 and wrote much about the state’s wildlife and geology. Combined, there are 17 miles of loop trails here. The easiest trails are the Purple and Green loops. The course mapped out here is a loop of the entire park, primarily following the Black Loop, which has some rather strenuous up-and-down climbs. The asphalt Plantation Trail is wheelchair-accessible. Begin from Parking Lot 9. The trailhead is not clearly marked, but look beyond the trail kiosk for a wide stretch of mowed trail—just to the left of the paved trail—with an arrow going away from you. Go straight to the woods. The trail goes up steeply on packed dirt into pine forest.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Madison

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by Kevin Revolinksi (Menasha Ridge Press)

Climb a tower at the highest peak in Waukesha County and be prepared to work as you hike the glacial roller coaster around this park that features a kettle moraine. Lapham Peak is named for Increase A. Lapham, a scientist and naturalist who came to
Wisconsin in 1836 and wrote much about the state’s wildlife and geology. Combined, there are 17 miles of loop trails here. The easiest trails are the Purple and Green loops.

The course mapped out here is a loop of the entire park, primarily following the Black Loop, which has some rather strenuous up-and-down climbs. The asphalt Plantation Trail is wheelchair-accessible. Begin from Parking Lot 9. The trailhead is not clearly marked, but look beyond the trail kiosk for a wide stretch of mowed trail—just to the left of the paved trail—with an arrow going away from you. Go straight to the woods. The trail goes up steeply on packed dirt into pine forest.

© 2015 Kevin Revolinksi/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Delafield
Distance: 6.9
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: 7 a.m.–9 p.m. (10 p.m. in winter)
Trailhead Elevation: 1,050 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/lapham, 262-646-3025
Local Maps: USGS Oconomowoc East; at park office; map boards at trail junctures; dnr.state.wi.us
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle Moraine State Forest: Lapham Peak Unit

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