Ice Age Trail: Devil's Staircase

EASY 21 reviews

Ice Age Trail: Devil's Staircase is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Janesville, Wisconsin that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
144 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

Follow the Ice Age Trail alongside the Rock River bluffs from Janesville to Washington Street. The Devil's Staircase segment of the Ice Age Trail ascends the bluffs alongside the Rock River in Riverside Park. This complete and detailed route covers the Devil's Staircase segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities. The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles, moraines, and drumlins.

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8 days ago

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25 days ago

Wonderful and challenging hike--so easy to forget you're in the middle of civilization! If this is "easy" I don't want to see what All Trails thinks is "moderate!" Though we did skip the flat open part at the east end and started behind the picnic pavilion at Riverside Park at the actual Devil's Staircase. While the point-to-point distance is short, there is a LOT of up-and-down, interesting switchbacks, and you'll finish tired...and then you'll turn around and do it all again to get back to your starting spot! The glacial rock formations were interesting to observe with all the different plants and moss. The trail has narrow sections with steep drop offs to the river; I would be worried about small children, though responsible kids can handle the terrain just fine. We continued west on the trail around the edge of a golf course, over train tracks, and across the main street--look for the trail markers up by the prairie grasses on the other side. Heading west takes you into the Robert O Cook Memorial Arboretum (the Arbor Ridge section of trail) and is also quite pretty and enjoyable.

1 month ago

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3 months ago

I LOVE the first part of this trail. The actual Staircase part. 5 stars. It's moderate and not easy. Very narrow but fun and challenging. Absolutely beautiful and scenic. When it goes down into the park is where I find it dull. 3 stars. I think the walk along the river is pretty but there's no challenge and it's very public. It's only fairly scenic on one side and the other side is a road. We tried finding our way back up into the woods to find the trail that was continuing off the marked devils Staircase trail. So instead of taking you down into the park you would just continue in the woods. We ended up in a golf course and cutting our way across to get back to the road that would take us back to our car.

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4 months ago

We loved the staircase and the winding paths. There was a surprise at every turn. It was exhilarating. We only made it halfway because it was getting late and kids had school the next day but we can't wait to go back and finish.

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Beautiful trail. Nice views of river and pretty rock bluffs. Wish it was longer.

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7 months ago

Easy hike when you don't have much time.

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11 months ago

very beautiful place to take a walk or do some real novice rock climbing

11 months ago

very scenic. Took our 3 and 6 year olds with us. We had to keep an eye on them and help them out a bit. Some areas are pretty narrow with steep drop offs but they did great.

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11 months ago

very fun, love the views.

11 months ago

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Monday, September 05, 2016