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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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Justin Hanke
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Danielle Stiebs
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful views once you get to the top but this is one heck of a hike up from the south side. People were great about social distancing on the narrow parts of the paths and the lookouts.

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Matthew Kloskowski
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Lots of steep stone stairs. Beautiful views. It's a hard hike but not difficult. Well worth it.

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Chris Katona
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jim Chamberlain
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great trail with spectacular views.

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Pedro Aguilar
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Jessa Orden
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Poem M
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Come here to see why Wisconsin has the worst covid rates in the country. 97% of people not wearing masks, with no effort to social distance. It was horrid. Trail is nice though. You hike up cliffs, so it is one of the more interesting Mid-western trails.

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Michelle Killian
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Robert Taylor
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Natasha Gadomski
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Love the trails

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Andi Kveton
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Highly recommend! Arrived around 10:30 from Chicago and it was pretty full but there are multiple overflow lots and we found easy parking. If you hike west bluffs going south you can connect to the East bluffs by walking along the road for a bit, then around the beach and dog areas, till the East trailhead heading north starts (this will go up to balanced rock). If you don’t mind folks sharing the trail and lookouts, this is a fantastic hike. I’m sure it’s less crowded earlier though. Beautiful, gorgeous views from the bluffs, especially west side. Bald eagles were flying overhead when we went! Color looks like it will peak mid Oct. There is some climbing up and down but mostly fairly easy to moderate, and trails are wonderfully kept. No question as to which way to go, etc. Had a large crowd of wall climbers beneath Balanced Rock, so beware high traffic in that area.

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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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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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HikingGreat!

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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