Hidden Lakes is a 13 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Three Lakes, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Looking for adventure? Put on your hiking boots and try the Hidden Lakes Trail. It is a long distance trail providing the chance for an overnight campout by a small remote lake. The trail begins midway on the Franklin Nature Trail (in Franklin Lake Campground) and loops to the south around Butternut Lake, passing Luna-White Deer Campground and then back west and north to Franklin Lake Campground. Sites along the way include several small lakes with scenic vistas and a remarkable stand of old hemlock trees. Camp along the way near one of the small lakes or at either of the developed campgrounds. The north branch of the Pine River, north of Luna Lake, is a State Wild River. It is usually about 6-8 inches deep, and there is no bridge crossing. Pick up a trail map at the Eagle River Ranger Station or at the trailhead before starting this trail. Several sections of the trail follow other trails and old roads so it's a good idea to have a map in hand. Look for white diamond-shaped reassurance markers on trees which designate the Hidden Lakes Trail.
A beautiful late winter, early spring hike. we went from the Franklin campground trail to Hidden Lake Trail, out and back about 5 miles total. it was about 6°F and sunny. trails were sometimes snow covered, a few inches deep with ice crust, or cleared to the leaves and pine needles with a few patches if ice.
Walked a lot on ridges through pines and birch forest, and highlight was walking on a ridge between two small frozen lakes.
Unexpectedly tough trail, but I managed to get through it. I hiked halfway around the loop and stayed overnight at one of the developed campsites. The one I was looking for was not marked well, but with some exploring, I found it. The sites of these lakes weren't anything spectacular, but the hike was fun.