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Devil's Lake via West Bluff Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Baraboo, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and canoeing and is best used from July until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 997 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Beach Forest Lake Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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Natasha Gadomski
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Love the trails

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Bethany Schoenick
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Went mid afternoon on a Friday and was shocked at how many people were on trail without masks. Also, a lot of litter. Definitely recommend this trail early morning (7AM start) for less people, garbage and ability to enjoy the views.

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Nick Smith
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HikingGreat!

A fantastic trail with great views. Parts of the trail are quite steep with some sections of narrow rock stairs. I wouldn’t recommend people bring dogs or small children that can’t handle several hundred feet of narrow stairs. I saw several people carrying their small dogs up the bluff. This trail may only be “moderate” difficulty, but if you’re used to the flat trails you commonly find in the Midwest, this may be a surprise.

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Bri Tyler
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T. Ryan Fitzgerald
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Crowded but amazing!

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Carol Sexton
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Great fun trail. Harder in some spots but a great day

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Jo Ann Cleveland
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Alex Clegg
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Awesome experience! I had no idea something like this existed in Wisconsin. I have two complaints: 1) for some reason, about 75% of the trail is paved? I have no idea why. 2) it gets packed. This is a top tier park in WI, and it garners a lot of attention.

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Nick Seng
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Colin Heider
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Jackie Kues
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Andy Reilly
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Great hike, bit steep in a few areas but highly recommend.

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Craig Moore
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Stared the trail around 6:15 a.m. on a Monday, and encountered very few people. Absolutely breathtaking views.

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Kamal A
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The trail was challenging at the beginning and at the balanced rock stretch with steep uphill elevation. Multiple beautiful lake overlook points along the trail. Well marked and shaded for the most part. Definitely recommend this trail!

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sara lodzinski
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Ana Schultz
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great trail! little slippery from the rain

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Nikki Roberts
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very populated with few people wearing masks. steep inclines with plenty of overlooks. great rim trail for those new to hiking.

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Chris Holm
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Sam Hughes
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David Vega
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Mike Witkowiak
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Kelli McKinney
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Visited this trail for the first time and was a bit surprised by the difficulty. Vistas were spectacular. As park building were closed, I did the trail starting at the north and from east to west. On the east side, I took the harder “Balanced Rock” trail down (can’t imagine climbing up that!) and the back around the west trail. South to north was demanding. Tip: get an early start. The park fills up and the trails get busy by noon.

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Grace Lossau
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Beautiful views made more rewarding by the work you put it in to reach them. Be careful in the rain as a lot of the rock gets slippery, especially following inclines. I’ll definitely try to go back

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Jeffrey Scott
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Great workout.

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Justine Scarbrough
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First trail I’ve done this summer where I’ll be making a point to return in the near future. Fantastic hike, the hardest I’ve done in a long time. Very challenging and very rewarding. I did west to east and glad I did—would not want to do the rocks going down! I relied on the map a fair amount, and did not find there were often clear markings of the trail. My phone died near the end and I was on my own and there were several segments I had to backtrack and search high and low for the continuing trail. Not sure I would have figured out the last mile if it weren’t for running into another lost hiker—we searched together for a good while until we found the main trail. As others have said, go on a weekday. Bring plenty of water. Grateful the bugs weren’t bad at all!

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Eliza Rosenberry
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This is a super popular hike for good reason — absolutely stunning views and a really fun and challenging route around the whole lake (2 climbs one on either side). The beaches and park areas in between the bluffs are really relaxing and on the north side there’s concessions. A warning that there is a LOT of scrambling on the east side bluff coming up from the south/down from the north (I think). Our 8 year old dog really struggled with that part of the climb. And a note for covid times: social distancing was not possible on this hike at all, especially during the scrambling. Some hikers had masks but most did not. It was super crowded on a summer Friday.

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Mac McCarthy
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This is my favorite hike in WI. There are so many great overlooks. It’s fun and challenging. It is heavily trafficked, so pick a time of year and day to avoid the crowds.

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Rick Ihnat
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