Explore the most popular hiking trails in Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
10 days ago

Amazing trail. Gets very icy in the winter. Lots of amazing views.

Nice views and fairly hilly!

hiking
2 months ago

great night hike with my dog

I would not rate this as “hard”, more like “moderate” to me. I went in the Fall. Very few people and gorgeous views.

hiking
4 months ago

Gentle hike with a few hills. through a variety of landscape and enjoyable especially during fall color change.

usually only half of this trail is hikeable due to the eastern side being a marsh. flat easy hike, quick to do. different tree landscape to hike through. 100% worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Great Kettle Moraine trail. Nice mix of mature mixed hardwoods, New growth forest, open lots, creeks and some marsh. Mowed wide trail with some ups and downs. I would rate it as moderate for Wisconsin in difficulty. Definitely in my top 5 hikes in Wisconsin.

If you live here sure it is a great trail. If not maybe skip it. It is a mowed woods walk. Maybe good for a dog walk.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice smooth well-marked trails. There seem to be quite a few irresponsible dog owners who use this trail however...watch your step!

We started at the Glenbeulah trail head and went to hwy 23 trail conditions good several rocky areas very quiet and peaceful some moderate hills overall very good experience

hiking
6 months ago

took the short trail, flies were bad. very nice for the little bit I was there

hiking
6 months ago

This is an easy trail around Mauthe Lake. Nice for a leisurely hike. Nice fishing pier also. Yes it does get flooded from time to time so waterproof shoes are recommended.

Good Sunday stroll. Entered from Highway H heading north where there is a pump for water and ate lunch at one of the shelters.

trail running
10 months ago

March 10, 2018
It snowed earlier in the week so we had a few inches of snow to run in. First time on the trail. Great trail, snow covered and all, with several trail route options. I’ll come back after snow has melted!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

this trail is usually completely under water and impassable without tall waterproof boots, Lots of tree limbs down as well so bike can be tricky.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Definitely nowhere near a hard hike. I wouldn't quite call it moderate either. (Mostly flat with some small steeps hills) Milo the Labrador also agrees.... Some mosquitos, but nothing out of the ordinary when hiking through the woods.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

Dense woods with narrow trails that are quite rocky in some places. The area that I hiked was a moderate challenge with some steep climbs. I hiked for a couple of hours and only saw two people. Very peaceful. I recommend hiking shoes due to the rocky terrain.

on Zillmer Yellow Loop

hiking
Friday, July 21, 2017

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Good trail. Lots of bugs and some tall grass on the trail in July. Lots of parking. Only saw a few other hikers and one jogger.

backpacking
Monday, July 03, 2017

The trails were nice very pretty area, if you go in the summer bring off the horseflies and other bugs were horrible made us not even want to walk it! But over all very pretty

I don't know if I would necessarily categorize this as difficult. It seemed more like a moderate hike to me. Other than that, it was a beautiful hike!

hiking
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Beautiful lookouts and a pretty good workout for the legs with all the elevation changes on the yellow loop! One of my all time favorite trails in Kettle Moraine!

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Loop #2 was a nice and easy trail.

hiking
Friday, July 08, 2016

I went two weekends back and the trails weren't maintained. I don't mind ankle-length or even calf-length grass/shrubs, but this was knee-length and then some.

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

Great! Pet friendly n a mixture of sun and shade! A nice short hike for small dogs

hiking
Friday, June 03, 2016

Roughly 8 miles through the lower part of the "North" Kettle Moraine forrest. A good hike with plenty of up and downs, fortunately, the last .5 mile is downhill to the parking area and trail head.

rock climbing
Sunday, February 28, 2016

I put the pussy on the chain wax

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Nice hike along the yellow (outer loop).
A very well groomed and maintained trail. Too well for my tastes. Not much of a challenge.

Great changes of scenery throughout the trails. Mosquitos and Flys were starting to get bad when I went on July 5th 2014.

Would recommend this trail for a family hike.

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2012

Was a great experience....only wish it were longer.

hiking
Friday, March 02, 2012

I agree with Amy, you get a variety of woodlands and loops can expand your hiking, but bugs; deer flies are thick in mid summer.

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