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Spectacular scenery, a full range of recreational activities, and a full-time naturalist make this a very popular park. The nearly-10,000-acre state park is 2 miles south of Baraboo and about 40 miles northwest of Madison.

hiking
4 days ago

This is the trail where I always start my hikes into Devil's Lake State Park because it is the path less taken. You can hike for a few hours round trip and see hardly anyone if you take this quiet path up to the East Bluff via Woodland trail, then do the Devil's Doorway loop and then down the pot holes then back up the CCC, then out again through the meadow. Take enough water, I always see people looking miserable, overheated and dehydrated because they underestimate the energy and time they will spend on these trails.
There are a lot of people at the top especially in the summer. Recommend taking your time, stopping for a picnic in and amongst the boulders along the escarpment. Also go in spring and fall, not so much in the summer unless it's early morning on a Tuesday or Wednesday, if you prefer solitude.

16 days ago

beautiful

hiking
3 months ago

I try to do this loop at least once a year...for a Wisconsin hiking experience, this is the best you’ll find in the state, in my opinion. Awesome elevation gains, incredible views throughout. West Bluff, Balanced Rock and Potholes trails are no joke. Wear good shoes / boots and be ready for some serious cardio. 600 feet up in short order...

hiking
3 months ago

Crazy how difficult this was for how short the trail is. It was busy but it was a fun trail and well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

The trail kept getting more beautiful as we got higher! Amazing view of the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

This is an awesome hike. Took my 3 yr. old daughter and she did pretty well on the inclines (although it was slow going). Had her in the backpack for the hike out thru the woods. Views were great. Pretty busy even during the week in the fall.

Difficult. Straight up at times but fun.

Good trail. Nice scenery and fairly easy.

hiking
4 months ago

This was so beautiful. Balanced Rock trail on the east side...which takes you to east bluff... is almost a scramble. I never had to use my hands but super steep with breathtaking views. I can’t wait to hike this again.

Awesome hike, did it this past weekend in about 25 hours. The to climbs are not to be underrated, but are doable. There are lots of scenic bluffs which are awesome to take a look at. We had a great time hiking this and would definitely recommend it.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice trail. beautiful views

Really nice--really long easy trail head for hikers with limitations. Once beyond this point, be prepared to rock hop through the actual glen.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful! Great workout and well maintained trails

Great views!

hiking
6 months ago

I thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 miles of this loop. It was a continual climb right at the onset, which was very challenging, reaching 1500 feet. There were many large rocks and rock stairs to navigate. The view from the top of the trail is magnificent. However, following the "Devils Lake Loop" as it is laid out here takes you out of the wooded trail and to a road where you will walk for a distance before the trail picks up again. Then, the trail essentially ends and you must walk on or along railroad tracks for at least a mile to finish the loop around the lake. This loop is not an official trail when looking at the state park map. However, if you are looking to circle the lake, just be prepared for 1/2 of your hike to be unconventional and not particularly fun or interesting.

great views at any point on your hike

hiking
6 months ago

Amazing trail with a great view!! Hard to see exactly where balanced rock is, but overall a very fantastic experience!

Steep trail going up and down West Bluff trail, but the views at the top are worth the climb. We took the trail that runs directly next to the lake on the way back to the south shore. Nice path with big boulders along the side. Made for a great hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Started at South Shore since that was the only parking available. Popular place on a gorgeous weekend. Took the West Bluff Trail. Very steep up and back down on both ends. Awesome overlooks. Made a loop by coming back along the west shore, very cool paved trail through the quartzite boulders.

on Devil's Lake Loop

hiking
6 months ago

Parts are steep but the overlooks are rewarding.

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