West Bluff Trail

MODERATE 12 reviews
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West Bluff Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Baraboo, WI that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 561 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

rock climbing




wild flowers




Watch your step as you work your way along the rim of quartzite cliffs that form the western rim of Devils Lake basin. The West Bluff Trail at Devils Lake is one of the more impressive in the park. From atop 100-200ft quartzite cliffs, you have a view east to the lake and beyond to the East Bluff. There are many picturesque rock outcrops along the way, and you can often see hawks and eagles soaring on the thermals generated by the cliffs. The West Bluff Trail also offers access to the top of many climbing routes in the cliffs below. Check with the park office about climbing regulations before heading out.

9 days ago

Largely paved trail with steep stairs at places. Clean and no obstacles. A series of purple quartzite cliffs offer excellent views toward part of Baraboo to the north, East bluff to the east, the moraine to the southeast, and Devils lake down below. On return took the Tumbled rock trail along the lake, nice talus fields.

15 days ago

great trail win fantastic views of the lake and valley. Also saw a bald eagle perched near the summit of this trail. Amazing.

1 month ago

Went with kids after weekend in Dells. Great trails around an unspoiled lake (no motors).

2 months ago

3 months ago

Great little short hike with the dogs before heading to Madison

5 months ago

great trail. we did a loop starting north end of the lake around west bluff, boardwalk, up balanced rock and back down the east bluff trail. about 5.5-6 miles and total time was around 2.5 hours. started early to beat the crowds on the 4th.

6 months ago

steep in places very scenic can be crowded on weekends. early morning excursions recommend.

1 year ago

The west side has the better views, nice hike overall.

1 year ago

So gorgeous!

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5 years ago

A beautiful trail made up of a combination of steps carved into the rock,paved and dirt path. The trail starts out with a fairly strenuous climb to the top of the buff, travels along the rim with a gorgeous view of the lake and then back down.
Combine with tumbled rocks to return to starting point.