Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area

Lodi, Wisconsin 53555

Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area

Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area Professional Review and Guide

"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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"Like its namesake in Europe, the site of this hike is a stunning enormous rock set amid breathtaking scenery, although here in Wisconsin the vistas are open countryside stretching to the horizon rather than Mediterranean waters. Don’t be fooled by the hike’s relatively short length. It is a workout for your legs and lungs, with a very steep climb that follows a path to the top of a high butte, then a winding walk along the edge of a sheer rock face. However, you will be rewarded with striking views of the Wisconsin River Valley.

Rock climbing is not permitted; no restrooms or water are available at trailhead; area is open during hunting seasons; check with the trail contact for more details."

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30 minutes
950 feet
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Oct 2018