hiking

lake

backpacking
2 days ago

I took my 7 yr. old and 10 yr. old around the loop as a weekend backpacking trip. This is the first overnight backpacking trip they've ever been on. We camped at the site right off of the Ice Age Trail the first night, as we didn't get to the trail until around 7:00 PM. The campsite is just south of the western junction and has a good water source right across the trail, though it does require you to walk on some logs across a bog to get to open water.
The next morning we walked down to the southeast corner of the loop and the beaver pond campsite. This hike took us about 2 hours, with a lot of climbing over and around downed trees that cross the trail. There were also several areas where the trail was underwater and there was plenty of deep mud for us to navigate around. At one point the trail crosses a logging road and we saw a blaze off to the west, but when we got down there and followed what we thought was the trail we lost it and ended up off trail for about half a mile until we found the trail again.
The second night we camped at the beaver pond, which is just a beautiful site. There is a pit toilet just to the south of the campsite. There are also log benches to sit on and a cooking grate. Somebody had left a pile of logs, so we had a nice toasty fire.
The hike back out to the road took us about 3.5 hours. There was quite a bit less downed trees and swampy areas to navigate, but it was a longer hike. It did rain during the night when we were at the beaver pond, so there were some muddy areas that we don't think would have been quite so bad on a dryer weekend.
Overall, I think that this loop pushed my kids to their limit, but not over the limit to where they weren't having fun anymore. For adults it's a challenging, but not overly difficult hike. It would probably more pleasant and less challenging in the fall or winter when there isn't so much moisture to deal with. The trail doesn't appear to get much use, as many parts were overgrown or on the verge of being overgrown.
We didn't see anybody from the time we left the IAT until we got back to the truck. We had a great weekend and my kids are already asking about taking another trip. I'd highly recommend it for a quick weekend getaway. I don't think I'd enjoy trying to tackle this one in a single day, though it's definitely doable if you're so inclined.

hiking
9 days ago

Morgan falls is nice and short hike. FYI this trail is currently closed due to road wash out. A lot of people park at the road close sign and walk the 1.3 mile down the road to the trail. St. Peter's Dome isn't worth the 3.7 miles around trip hike unless the fall colors have changed fully. It's a nice view across the valley but the path is pretty rocky. About 2 hour hike around trip from the road.

This is an excellent hike. What the description doesn't really tell you is that only the dome is the 4 mile hike up a steep hill. The waterfall is gorgeous and only about a half mile down an easy trail. While the views from the dome were nice, the waterfall is what made this hike fun.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Very pretty trail. Be sure to wear water proof shoes. Less than half of the needed bridges are usable. This trail is in bad need of repair.

hiking
Saturday, October 03, 2015

Fantastic views from the waterfall to the peak of the dome! Simply beautiful!

But please note the rating, we saw many leisurely hikers that were not prepared for the length of the ascent.

hiking
Friday, September 25, 2015

camping
Friday, August 28, 2015

Disclaimer: I'm from New England and most accustomed to hiking in western Maine and the White Mountains in New Hampshire. This was my first overnight trip in the Midwest.

My dog and I camped at the primitive campsite near the trailhead on a Friday night, planning to spend an extended weekend in the woods. Parking was just off the road, and the campsite, just minutes from the road, was available--and very quiet! I would not count on getting water from the lake, though, as it's more of a mucky pond with no easy access from shore.

Heading out on Saturday morning, the sound of dogs grew louder as we moved along the trail. I didn't think it was hunting season (other than open season on coyotes), so maybe they were hunting dogs in training, but I was hesitant to encounter a bunch of off-leash dogs with my own leashed dog in tow, so we turned around and headed in the other direction, toward the Lake Eleven segment.

The Jerry Lake segment, from what I experienced, seemed nice enough, and not too overgrown, but I didn't get far before turning around and opting for the Lake Eleven segment. That trail turned out to be quite overgrown, with downed trees obstructing the trail in several places. It's also quite marshy in places, and there were lots of bugs--so be prepared with bug spray if you go in the summer! Between the bugs and the brambles, my dog couldn't handle it, so we headed home early.

hiking
Sunday, November 02, 2014

We went here in the summer of 2013 and climbed up the side of the waterfall area to get some good pictures! The bugs were bad but if you could get past that part it was very nice :D! I would return for some pictures and a nice hike!

hiking
Saturday, October 18, 2014

We did this the weekend that was peak colors for the fall! I was told that it was 3 miles, so it seemed a lot longer than that, and with the elevation at the end, I was ready to be at the top. The waterfall was beautiful and refreshing to see, and there weren't too many people at the top, it was relaxing to be up there!

hiking
Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I did this trail in the fall. The trail head is well marked and a privy is nearby. We did the hike to Morgan Falls before going to St. Peter's. The waterfall was beautiful and the water was still flowing. The hike up the hill was a good gentle work-out. The dome was not what I thought. Since others were there picnicking it was hard to see the view. Not much room and it gets crowded quickly. The leaves were just starting to turn and so you could see the color change in the area below. It was a good hike and I would do it again.

hiking
Sunday, September 22, 2013

Morgan Falls and St. Peter's Dome brings back fond memories! I lived for a summer in 1975 at the old CCC campsite not too far from the Falls, using it as a base camp for my geology Master's thesis. I spent many an afternoon or evening sitting on some perch near the falls reading all manner of book - Dante's Divine Comedy among others. My field assistant and I would often take a walk up to St. Peter's Dome after a hard day traversing along section lines in the bush looking for rock outcrops. There were many black bear in the vicinity, and we could almost count on one in the evening or the early morning coming through the camp. They never bothered us, but I must say they scared the hell out of some bikers who had decided this was the perfect place to drink some beer over the 4th in 1975 (perhaps my greasing their motorcycles with a leftover hot dog helped draw the bears to their campsite).

This is a very beautiful place, and I recommend it as a hike for all ages, although the access road can be a bit challenging. I am now nearly 62, and have hiked all over the Cascades, the Andes, the Highlands of Papua New Guinea and the Rocky Mts in the years that have passed since 1975, and I can say without any hesitation that this still is one of my favorite hikes.

hiking
Saturday, July 06, 2013

Went and did some fishing on Pigeon Lake and decided to check out the trail. It is a nice hike with plenty of vegitation to see. Saw deer, squirrels, grouse, and a variety of birds. It's a gorgeous hike and would recommend it to anyone.

Great trail with an even better view.

hiking
Thursday, November 15, 2012

awesome

hiking
Thursday, November 15, 2012

Have walked this trail many times as I lived in winter Wi and spent m as by summers in the black lake campground

hiking
Thursday, May 03, 2012

I'm pretty new to backpacking so this is an amateur look at hiking. I found the trail to be challenging but not difficult. The Chippewa Lobe loop is very clearly marked and very easy to follow, the blue markers are used very well and frequently kept me going in the right direction. The only confusion was where it met up with the Ice Age Trail on the north east corner. There is a sign on the Ice Age Trail to mark where Chippewa Lobe splits off but it was turned and confused me for a moment until I thought about where I was and checked my compass. It can get very muddy in parts and some standing water was present but with trekking poles it was very easy to cross all parts. The bridges over water are very nice and sturdy.
There are two campsites on the loop. The first is about 1 mile from the loop trailhead sign going anti-clockwise around the trail. It has quite a few spots for tents and there is water near by. The second campsite is at the southern most part of the trail near a pond/lake formed by a beaver dam. The campsite is beautiful and really stands out from the rest of the trail. There is a fire pit and logs for seating around it. There is also a very nice bench to sit on and relax. The lake nearby makes for a beautiful sunset.
I really enjoyed hiking this trail for my first solo hike. It was a nice quick overnight trip that took me about 5.5 hrs to complete. It was about 2.5hrs to the second campsite from FR 108 and about 3hrs out. I'm not very fast.