Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Devil's Lake State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Take it easy going up if you arent used to walking up hills. The grade is gradual. The scenery is well worth it! If you go all the way around it does get rocky and close to the edge at some areas

hiking
1 month ago

It is a lovely hike in the spring. It’s nice to see the land “waking up” from winter. The meadow portion only had a couple wet spots. Once one arrives in the woods, it’s pretty clear until you get higher up, where there is some snow on the trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate loop that took us 2 hours on the dot to complete, with minor rest stops at the bluff tops. The lower leg (Tumbled Rocks Trail) offered a surprisingly cool landscape.

hiking
2 months ago

It was worth the 3 Hour drive. The snow and ice made more special.

hiking
3 months 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.

hiking
6 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.

Good trail. Nice scenery and fairly easy.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful! Great workout and well maintained trails

Great views!

backpacking
9 months ago

Very pretty trail. Didn't do the full course but planning on it. Went on a gorgeous day out & I loved how there was miniature waterfalls along the trails. Pure fresh cold water. Definitely going back.

Steep climb up CCC Trail and very steep decline among potholes Trail - beautiful scenery and view!

Favorite light hike to take my 5 year old on. Quite a few options to add a little distance to.

Crowded on weekends, especially in summer.

A bit of a challenge for some to reach the top ridge, but it is entirely worth. There are many memorial benches to sit and soak in the view.

Beautiful views along the whole trail-Would disagree that it is lightly trafficked, at least when I was there it was pretty people heavy.

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

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.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Great trails with scenic views of the forest and various rock formations that dominate the area. Trail is nice because it has an intersect and plenty of maps to make navigating the landmarks easy.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Fantastic hike with awesome views.

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

Not really an easy hike due to the elevation change. It was enjoyable.

hiking
Sunday, October 23, 2016

Great fall hiking. Gorgeous view of the bluffs from the meadow. Golden and orange foliage all along the second portion of the trail. Saw three giant wild turkeys crossing the trail, and numerous puffball mushrooms on dead trees.

hiking
Wednesday, October 12, 2016

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

Friday, September 02, 2016

Great little short hike with the dogs before heading to Madison

on East Bluff Trail Loop

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Love this trail.

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Awesome walk in the woods.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Amazing

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful and a great place to take a walk!

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

Great trail to get away from the crowds. The east bluff woods section is quiet and beautiful.

hiking
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

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.

Monday, May 23, 2016

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

You get to enjoy a beautiful view through out the whole trail

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