Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit Nordic Ski Trails

Eagle, Wisconsin 53119

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit Nordic Ski Trails

Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit: Nordic Ski Trails Professional Review and Guide

"If you are looking for a long trek with a bit of a workout, this may be it. The loop listed as most difficult surely earns its label. The terrain of Kettle Moraine is frequently marked by repeated steep ascents and declines—short distances, to be fair, but at times coming like waves. But the forest, the bluff-top views, old oaks, pine plantation and sections of prairie are fantastic, and options for shorter routes or bypasses for the hardest sections are numerous.

While you are not likely to encounter a lot of people, those here are often runners since the distances are long and you can pick and choose when it comes to the challenge of the terrain. The described hike takes the longest of the routes, the Blue Trail, but throughout the system, other colored trails are embedded within the larger loops and off er places to either shave off a couple of miles, skip a series of steep hills, or just give you a different part of the park to look at from the last time you were here."

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"Like other hiking areas in Kettle Moraine State Forest, this trail has several paths that braid and crisscross each other as they move through the woods and up and down glacial hills. This hike follows the green loop, which also incorporates some of the other colored loops for parts of the hike. Cross-country skiers find this trail challenging due to the many hills and descents, which make it a workout for hikers as well.

There’s a shelter at the trailhead equipped with heaters, which can be a real benefit if you’re hiking on colder days. The trailhead is just north of the village of La Grange, which makes it a good jumping-off spot for adventures in the forest."

"The Nordic Ski Trails are originals. They were among the first cross-country trails in the Kettle Moraine State Forest during the boom years of the early 1970s and they are still terrific. The rolling kettle moraine gets a lot of the credit, as does the beautiful hardwood forest the trails wind through.

The Orange Trail is actually the easiest loop on the Nordic Trails, but it is near the upper end of the more difficult range. If you find it a piece of cake, you might be ready for one of the other four loops. In any case, if you aren’t an expert skier, ski these trails only in good snow conditions. Surface quality: Groomed, single tracked, skate lane. Fees: yes."

"A web of ski trails offers many miles and combinations of treks over moraines and around kettles with the option for a serious workout. This collection of cross-country ski trails makes for several great hiking courses. The routes are color-coded and often overlap with each other to offer a variety of hike lengths. Options are many, from the half-mile Brown Trail to the 3.6-mile Green Trail.

All trails have clear mileage markers throughout. The terrain, like much of the terrain in Kettle Moraine State Forest, is characterized by glacial deposits from the last round of the Ice Age. Abundant forest and some patches of prairie have reclaimed the lands, but the rolling trail reflects the various piles of till beneath. To the west of the parking lot are two trailheads: The first is actually the return trail
for skiers of the Red, Orange, Green, and Brown Trails. Skiers need to work through the"

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Trail Information

Eagle
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
9.1
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
4 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Birding
Additional Use
Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit, S91 W39091 Hwy. 59, Eagle, WI 53119; (262) 594-6200; dnr.wi.gov
Local Contacts
USGS Little Prairie; at state park office, on map boards and website
Local Maps

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Oct 2018