Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area

Lodi, Wisconsin

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The climb to this extraordinary lookout over the Wisconsin River valley will take your breath away in more ways than one. This region of Wisconsin is a geologist’s dream. From the sandstone of the Cambrian period to the carving work of the glaciers, there is a whole glossary of land features. Gibraltar Rock is a sandstone bluff that rises up out of the earth like a fallen asteroid, and if you aren’t ready to exert yourself a bit, this might not be your first hiking choice. Gibraltar Rock is an outlier from the Black River Escarpment. At one time, it must have been attached and then became isolated by erosion. There are others in the area, but this is the highest. A preservation group called Friends of Our Native Landscape made this park their first project.

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"The climb to this extraordinary lookout over the Wisconsin River valley will take your breath away in more ways than one. This region of Wisconsin is a geologist’s dream. From the sandstone of the Cambrian period to the carving work of the glaciers, there is a whole glossary of land features. Gibraltar Rock is a sandstone bluff that rises up out of the earth like a fallen asteroid, and if you aren’t ready to exert yourself a bit, this might not be your first hiking choice.

Gibraltar Rock is an outlier from the Black River Escarpment. At one time, it must have been attached and then became
isolated by erosion. There are others in the area, but this is the highest. A preservation group called Friends of Our Native Landscape made this park their first project."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lodi
Distance: 2.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 950 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/natu- ralareas/index.asp?sna=73, iceagetrail.org, 800-227-0046
Local Maps: USGS Lodi
Driving Directions: Directions to Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area

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May 2018