Kettle View Trail

Delafield, Wisconsin

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Lapham Peak, named for a local scientist and naturalist, is the highest point in Waukesha County. At 1,233 feet, it is a typical hill found in the glacier-formed landscape of southeast Wisconsin. Like the rest of Kettle Moraine State Forest and the surrounding terrain, it also features the shallow depressions and long, low hills that give the forest its name. This hike takes in several color-coded paths that move around the peak and through the surrounding forest, doubling back on the original route and crisscrossing each other several times. On its way back, the path stops by an observation tower atop the hill. As with other trails in the forest, the Ice Age Trail runs through the area. There are plenty of warblers and thrushes along the paths, and spring and fall bring large numbers of hawks on their annual migrations.

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"Lapham Peak, named for a local scientist and naturalist, is the highest point in Waukesha County. At 1,233 feet, it is a typical hill found in the glacier-formed landscape of southeast Wisconsin. Like the rest of Kettle Moraine State Forest and the surrounding terrain, it also features the shallow depressions and long, low hills that give the forest its name.

This hike takes in several color-coded paths that move around the peak and through the surrounding forest, doubling back on the original route and crisscrossing each other several times. On its way back, the path stops by an observation tower atop the hill.

As with other trails in the forest, the Ice Age Trail runs through the area. There are plenty of warblers and thrushes along the paths, and spring and fall bring large numbers of hawks on their annual migrations."

Activity Type: Birding, Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking
Nearby City: Delafield
Distance: 5.6 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Features: Views
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kettle Moraine State Forest, Lapham Peak Unit, W329 N846 County Road C, Delafield, WI 53018; (262) 646-3025; dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/lapham/
Local Maps: USGS Oconomowoc East, WI; trail map available from trail contact and online
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle View Trail

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May 2018