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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.

Very pretty hike in the late summer. Wild flowers everywhere and only lightly used. It’s also part of the IAT trail segment and is very well maintained. You have to park outside of the park unless you walk in on connecting trails throughout the park but Devils Lake is known for being crowded. Parking outside of the park is an easy escape and not many people venture on this trail considering.

Absolutely beautiful hike. Make sure you are prepared for the inclines/declines if you are planning on doing the full trail. It does get crowded by the lake views, and the rocks, especially the purple ones, are incredibly slippery, so prepare for that. Otherwise, absolutely beautiful trail with beautiful views with various landscapes.

Absolutely beautiful trail. It can get very busy in terms of other people in the area around the lake. There are two parking lots near it and many of them are just looping it. Be careful of the purple tinted rocks are there are pretty slick. The trail leading towards the lake is intimate and has great views that rival the lake section but without the traffic. Once you head away from the lake it’s much more solitary.

Walked it many times. Some ups but great.

hiking
1 month ago

loved this place! east bluff trail was great and the Devils Doorway was awesome!

hiking
1 month ago

Based on other reviews, I expected this hike to be much easier. Although it wasn’t what I would call hard, but it is not for everyone. It had rained overnight so the rocks were slick during our ascent and multiple times I had to use my hands for extra assurance to not slip. There were signs on the trail, but twice they were a bit confusing to me and I ended up having to backtrack after realizing I was not on the correct trail. Part of my confusion was because the all trails map is not accurate - so beware! I wish I had tracked the mileage, because it felt longer than 1.9 miles. Overall I thought it was a great hike for the Midwest and would recommend.

Great views and very challenging for being partially blind.

One of my favorites. Bring waterproof shoes or extra socks. My four year old did great on this trail, there’s lots to climb. Fairly busy but we went on a Saturday afternoon.

hiking
1 month ago

Very crowded on weekends, the trail head is very close to the popular beach. This trail is also not suitable for children with uneven terrain with many drop offs. I recommend Potholes Trail (still tough) to get up to see Balanced Rock and Devil's Doorway.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike esp for a getaway from Chicago that isn’t too far. Go early to truly enjoy.

hiking
2 months ago

Great little hike with a great view. This is more like a moderate trail vs hard. I think it may be labeled as hard due to the rocks you climb up. Go early to truly enjoy. We went at a little before 9 am and it was fine but on our way back to the parking lot (after a bit more hiking) it was starting to get busy (around 10:30). Also greeter people in your pics if you go early :)

easy path with some excitement stomping through the creek.

love the view. can't get enough.

hiking
3 months ago

I loved the path this trail took around the lake. The viewpoints were beautiful. The cool air was refreshing. The trail was beautiful.
Unfortunately, the path is being paved over so it can be hard on the knees and ankles. Also, the trail does not allow overnight campers so allow time and energy to do it in one day. Also there were $41 in camp and park entrance fees. In addition to all that, the trail and campsite were crowded with loud families. I expected this loop to feel more like a backpacking trip and less like a family vacation tourist trap.

I suppose I should have researched more.

hiking
3 months ago

my favorite trail. I live in the area and always love going to this trail. its busy but worth it. wish people would stay off the waterfall (as there is a sign that says u can't go on it) so it can be there years from now

Very nice fun family trail. Beautiful views of the lake.

Wife and I were in Madison for crossfit games. Wonderful hour drive to get here through beautiful country. We parked on south side of the lake and the road in was breathtaking pretty!

We hiked a clockwise loop up the west bluffs and then back on the east forrest trail. 2 totally different experiences. West was a climb in slippery rocks up and down and lovely lake vistas. Forest on east side as a wide smooth path and we really made time. Big climb down from east side to south beach. Slow and treacherous.

Great fun trail! Definitely coming back.

Had fun on this hike. It was challenging at some points. A lot of elevation changes at the first part. Be careful of slippery rocks on decents. Very nice fews off of the bluffs overlooking the lake and surrounding mountains.

hiking
3 months ago

I have done this hike twice and both times it was amazing! The rocky steps on the East Bluff are a little tricky to go up, but it is definitely doable for the average person. I can’t wait to come back!

hiking
3 months ago

Challenging trail with beautiful views.

hiking
3 months ago

I found that the mileage was slightly off. Don’t like the cracked and bubbled asphalt on West Bluff because you have to watch every step. Watch the slick quartz on the Balanced Rock trail but it is gorgeous!

nature trips
3 months ago

Arrived early and had the place to ourselves. Trail starts out easy and then you encounter rocks to get to the waterfall. Still easy going climbing around the rocks and worth it to get to the waterfall. Great place to photograph..

hiking
3 months ago

Nice steep hike, good for some off trail climbing. Good challenge for all ages and dogs, beautiful views!

Easy to hike with a dog or the whole family, part of the trail is a bit tricky to identify. Great hike beautiful views

Nice hike and a great view! Well worth it.

Great hike for the entire family.

Strenuous but a great hike, both up and down. It’s longer and steeper than you think!

Great trail difficult but worth the time you can always come down the easy way

Short but interesting

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