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Chippewa Lobe is a 8.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Westboro, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 8.4 miles Elevation Gain: 298 feet Route Type: Loop

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1 month ago

Walked this loop with my son and 14 yo grandson on April 21st. Fair amount of downed trees on the trail and lots of water on the NE portion due to the trail following closely to swamps and bogs and the water being particularly high the past few years. The bog lake at the very south end is pretty and has a nice primitive camping site. FYI there is a pit toilet about 20 yards directly south of the camp if you follow a very well used trail that direction. Following that trail a bit further south you hit private property and a "New Visions" cabin for troubled kids. Sorry to discover that this beautiful spot was only 100 yards from a road! I think New Visions utilize the Ice Age primitive camp site for long periods of time as they do at the other primitive sites on the Ice Age tail. Was disappointed last fall to have hiked in to a site west of Lake 19 road only to find about 7 tents and lots of counselors and kids camping. They had been there over a month with various groups of kids. Thought the sites were for overnight camping by trail hikers. Counselors were not friendly when I approached them.

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muddy
over grown
1 month ago

I took my 16 and 13 year old boys on this loop in early April 2020. This was a challenging trail for several reasons. The trail is obviously maintained at some times because larger fallen trees have been cut with chainsaws and moved out of the way, but there were many, many trees across the trail that required ducking, climbing over, or going off trail to avoid. One of the most challenging parts of this trail are the multiple marshy crossings with no obvious route. Trekking poles and high, waterproof boots were essential to keep us dry and from falling in on multiple occasions as we rock-hopped or balanced on unsteady logs/branches. The other significant challenge was the marking of the the trail (or lack thereof). At many points, the trail is well marked with obvious blaze markings at short intervals, but at other times when you need a marker to clarify the direction of the trail, there is no helpful marker in sight. At one intersection of the trail, the marker was not obvious and we ended up hiking a good distance on the Ice Age Trail moving away from the Chippewa Lobe Loop before realizing our situation. There were at least two other occasions when we ended up off-trail unknowingly. We resorted to using our GPS with the map we downloaded here to get back on track. If it hadn't been for the GPS, we could have gotten seriously lost. There were some beautiful views and the camp ground at the pond was nice. It included a fire pit with a bench and log seating, pit toilet, and pretty views of the lake. We don't regret the hike, but it has some serious obstacles to consider. Be prepared.

hiking
Mon May 06 2019

I went the first weekend of May with my wife and 5 year-old son. This is pretty standard Wisconsin hiking; lots of trees, some pretty water, not much elevation change. Decent portions pass through wetlands, and in those situations, there is not a defined tread, or at least one that is above water. Lots of downed trees, including trees that had blazes attached; this clearly hasn't received maintenance for quite some time. I suspect portions of this trail would be very overgrown in the summer. However, the trail was quiet on a beautiful spring weekend; we saw one other group. Camped near the pond at the south point of the loop, but the campsite itself was already occupied.

backpacking
Mon Jun 26 2017

I took my 7 yr. old and 10 yr. old around the loop as a weekend backpacking trip. This is the first overnight backpacking trip they've ever been on. We camped at the site right off of the Ice Age Trail the first night, as we didn't get to the trail until around 7:00 PM. The campsite is just south of the western junction and has a good water source right across the trail, though it does require you to walk on some logs across a bog to get to open water. The next morning we walked down to the southeast corner of the loop and the beaver pond campsite. This hike took us about 2 hours, with a lot of climbing over and around downed trees that cross the trail. There were also several areas where the trail was underwater and there was plenty of deep mud for us to navigate around. At one point the trail crosses a logging road and we saw a blaze off to the west, but when we got down there and followed what we thought was the trail we lost it and ended up off trail for about half a mile until we found the trail again. The second night we camped at the beaver pond, which is just a beautiful site. There is a pit toilet just to the south of the campsite. There are also log benches to sit on and a cooking grate. Somebody had left a pile of logs, so we had a nice toasty fire. The hike back out to the road took us about 3.5 hours. There was quite a bit less downed trees and swampy areas to navigate, but it was a longer hike. It did rain during the night when we were at the beaver pond, so there were some muddy areas that we don't think would have been quite so bad on a dryer weekend. Overall, I think that this loop pushed my kids to their limit, but not over the limit to where they weren't having fun anymore. For adults it's a challenging, but not overly difficult hike. It would probably more pleasant and less challenging in the fall or winter when there isn't so much moisture to deal with. The trail doesn't appear to get much use, as many parts were overgrown or on the verge of being overgrown. We didn't see anybody from the time we left the IAT until we got back to the truck. We had a great weekend and my kids are already asking about taking another trip. I'd highly recommend it for a quick weekend getaway. I don't think I'd enjoy trying to tackle this one in a single day, though it's definitely doable if you're so inclined.

hiking
Thu May 03 2012

I'm pretty new to backpacking so this is an amateur look at hiking. I found the trail to be challenging but not difficult. The Chippewa Lobe loop is very clearly marked and very easy to follow, the blue markers are used very well and frequently kept me going in the right direction. The only confusion was where it met up with the Ice Age Trail on the north east corner. There is a sign on the Ice Age Trail to mark where Chippewa Lobe splits off but it was turned and confused me for a moment until I thought about where I was and checked my compass. It can get very muddy in parts and some standing water was present but with trekking poles it was very easy to cross all parts. The bridges over water are very nice and sturdy. There are two campsites on the loop. The first is about 1 mile from the loop trailhead sign going anti-clockwise around the trail. It has quite a few spots for tents and there is water near by. The second campsite is at the southern most part of the trail near a pond/lake formed by a beaver dam. The campsite is beautiful and really stands out from the rest of the trail. There is a fire pit and logs for seating around it. There is also a very nice bench to sit on and relax. The lake nearby makes for a beautiful sunset. I really enjoyed hiking this trail for my first solo hike. It was a nice quick overnight trip that took me about 5.5 hrs to complete. It was about 2.5hrs to the second campsite from FR 108 and about 3hrs out. I'm not very fast.

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