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Best trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit

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Looking for a great trail in Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit, Wisconsin? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit ranging from 1.9 to 6.1 miles and from 948 to 1,233 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level). Lapham Peak Unit's glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails.

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Map of trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
Park information
Acreage:
1,000 acres
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Contact
(262) 646-3025
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Ice Age Trail to Lapham Peak
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
Note: Gate charge is $8 for WI license plates and $11 for everyone else. More than 600 miles of trail are completed in 30 counties across Wisconsin. The completed sections of the Ice Age Trail are connected by roadways and other temporary routes, so you can spend a day exploring a segment of the trail or thru-hike the entire length, more than 1,000 miles. The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin. One of only eight National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail is intended to be a premier hiking trail and conservation resource for silent sport and outdoor enthusiasts. The trail traverses some of Wisconsins most scenic landscapes and helps tell the story of the last Ice Age by highlighting Wisconsin's unique glacial features. The Ice Age Trail travels through 30 counties on state, federal, county and private lands, connecting dozens of communities. There are hundreds of trailheads and access points located along the trail route. More than 600 miles of trail are open. The completed sections of the trail are connected by less-traveled roadways and other temporary routes. The Ice Age Trail is primarily an off-road hiking and backpacking trail which provides excellent opportunities for sightseeing, wildlife viewing and bird watching. In winter some sections of the trail are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.Show more
#2 - Kettle View and Meadow Trails Loop
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
#3 - Kettle View Trail
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
#4 - Ice Age Trail: Lapham Peak
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 7.9 mi • Est. 3 h 11 m
Follow the Ice Age Trail through prairies and woods from Cushing Park Drive to the UW-Waukesha Field Station. The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles, moraines, and drumlins. The Lapham Peak segment of the Ice Age trail goes through Lapham Peak State Park from the North Cushing Road to the UW-Waukesha Field Station. This detailed route covers the Lapham Peak segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities. This guide contains almost 20 points of interest for the trail, viewable via your browser at home, or on the fly trailside via your mobile phone.Show more
#5 - Plantation Path
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 43 m
Note: As of October 2020, the Nature Center is currently CLOSED but there is a nice butterfly garden and access to several longer trails from the paved path. Paved trail, minimal elevation, accessible. Great for the whole family!Show more
#6 - Moraine Ridge Trail and Plantation Path Loop
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#7 - Prairie Path
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 38 m
#8 - Kame Terrace Trail
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 50 m