Hiking Devil’s Lake

Devil’s Lake State Park is one of the most popular state parks in Wisconsin. It’s known for the beautiful pink quartzite bluffs that overlook the lake as well as all the activities the park has to offer. Camping and swimming are some of the most popular activities. The park also has 29 miles of hiking trails, including sections of the Ice Age Trail, and the bluffs make Devil’s Lake one of the best rock climbing areas in the midwest.

My boyfriend, Bryce, and I are planning a day trip to Devil’s Lake this sunday. We’ll just be hiking and maybe swimming, since rock climbing isn’t my thing.

The last time I was at Devil’s Lake was last October, when I hiked the Balanced Rock Trail with a group of other hikers. The fall colors were out in force in October, so I’m excited to get some sunnier pictures this trip.

 

This time I want to do the Potholes Trail, which is extremely difficult and steep, but has amazing rock formations, making the hard climb worth it. The trail is only .3 miles, but the difficulty of it means it should take about two hours to hike.

Planning a hike at Effigy Mounds National Monument

My boyfriend has a friend visiting from California this week, so we’re planning to take her hiking at Effigy Mounds National Monument.

An effigy mound is an indian mound shaped like an animal. Most of the ones at Effigy Mounds National Monument are shaped like bears and birds, as well as a few that are just rectangles or circles grouped together to make patterns. The effigy mounds were built by various peoples collectively known as the Mound Builders during the Late Woodland Period.

Bryce and I had taken Rascal and Moky there a few weeks ago. We hiked in the North Unit of the park, out to Twin Views and back around the loop to Fire Point and Eagle Rock, which is just over three miles. This time we plan to go all the way to Hanging Rock at the end of the trail, which is a seven mile hike.

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It’s free to enter the park and dogs are allowed on the trails, but not in the visitor’s center. I recommend looking around the visitor’s center before hiking in the park. There is a lot of historical information and information about the animals and plants in the park that will give you a better understanding of what you’re seeing.

The mounds themselves are too big to capture in one photograph, at least from the ground. The trails are well maintained, so it’s clear what areas you should walk on. The grass on the mounds is left longer so it’s clear where they begin and end.

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All of the overlooks have beautiful views of the Mississippi, so if you stop for a few minutes, you can watch the boat traffic go by.

There’s a lot of wildlife to see in the park. Bryce and Rascal and Moky saw a turkey bumbling through the brush while I was distracted by a dragonfly, but I’ll have a better eye out this time.

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