Chippewa Moraine Circle Trail

New Auburn, Wisconsin 54757

Chippewa Moraine Circle Trail

Chippewa Moraine Circle Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"A shorter hike through Ice Age Trail country, this loop follows the national scenic trail a short distance before following a loop through kettle lakes and along the back of an esker. Wisconsin has no shortage of glacial scenery and place names bearing the word moraine.

The Chippewa Moraine, though, is something special. Here there’s an eye-pleasing symmetry to the pattern of rounded hilltops and reflecting lakes. Unlike southeastern Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine, where the glaciers’ forward movement formed the moraines, this landscape is a result of glacial ice that stopped moving. After the glacier’s horizontal movement ceased, its surface debris flowed into low spots in the ice."

Chippewa Moraine Circle Trail Trip Reports

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Backpack camping; one site West and two sites East of trailhead. Also camping 200' from trail anywhere in Chipp. Co. Forest. Narrow, hilly, winding trials with pristine Wisc. lakes. Heavily wooded.
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A enjoyable trail. My wife and I were unsure what to expect, and enjoyed this one throughly. The scenery was beautiful, we did not run into anyone on the trail, and the ranger was knowledgable. The loop was very well maintained and only took a couple of hours to complete. There is a fair amount of elevation change that can generate a sweat on even a cool day.

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Trail Information

New Auburn
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
April - October
Chippewa Moraine State Recre- ation Area, 13394 CR M, New Auburn 54757; (715) 967-2800;
Local Contacts
USGS Marsh - Miller Lake; Ice Age Park and Trail Foundations Chippewa County segment map #66
Local Maps