Ice Age Trail to Lapham Peak

MODERATE 162 reviews

Ice Age Trail to Lapham Peak is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Delafield, Wisconsin that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 393 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

More than 600 miles of trail are completed in 30 counties across Wisconsin. The completed sections of the Ice Age Trail are connected by roadways and other temporary routes, so you can spend a day exploring a segment of the trail or thru-hike the entire length, more than 1,000 miles. The Ice Age Trail is a National Scenic Trail located entirely within Wisconsin. From Interstate State Park on the Minnesota border to Potawatomi State Park on Lake Michigan, the Ice Age Trail winds for more than 1,000 miles, following the edge of the last continental glacier in Wisconsin. One of only eight National Scenic Trails, the Ice Age Trail is intended to be a premier hiking trail and conservation resource for silent sport and outdoor enthusiasts. The trail traverses some of Wisconsins most scenic landscapes and helps tell the story of the last Ice Age by highlighting Wisconsin's unique glacial features. The Ice Age Trail travels through 30 counties on state, federal, county and private lands, connecting dozens of communities. There are hundreds of trailheads and access points located along the trail route. More than 600 miles of trail are open. The completed sections of the trail are connected by less-traveled roadways and other temporary routes. The Ice Age Trail is primarily an off-road hiking and backpacking trail which provides excellent opportunities for sightseeing, wildlife viewing and bird watching. In winter some sections of the trail are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

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muddy
2 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful sunset hike the springs and back!

walking
24 days ago

Very beautiful and well kept

The fall colors are just starting. But even without the spectacle of fall colors, this is still a beautiful hike. Quite popular, too, if you don’t like the idea of being alone in the woods. If you do enjoy solitude, this probably is NOT the hike for you.

hiking
29 days ago

Did a cute little lap it was very scenic and beautiful but be careful of the horse poop.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Mostly flat with some elevation. Good scenery. The park charges $8 entrance fee but alternatively you can park for free at the ice age trail head at the south of the park along route 18.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Kettle Moraine Trails are so beautiful, especially in fall. Quite a few paths to chose depending on how long you want to hike and decent intensity. Big enough place that you aren’t constantly on top of other people.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail is beautiful and so well kept. Thank you to the volunteers that contributed to my lovely morning. I think this is my favorite trail in Wisconsin so far.

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

muddy
snow
7 months ago

took my son wandering through this trail. we started on the main paved trail and then ventured onto the unpaved ski trails after climbing the lookout tower. nice 4 mile easy hike. muddy with snow in various locations. no trash along the way. it was in the mid 50s during our hike.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

ice age trail at lapham peak. outstanding. many great hikes, many more to come

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Well used rolling trail though some woodlands but mainly savannah.

hiking
7 months ago

Sunny, calm, 26 degrees at beginning of trek. Well defined trail. Intersects with a few other trails. Encountered a number of other hikers. Ice still on trail in some segments. Followed trail from Lapham Peak parking area to downtown Delafield. Migrating geese and cranes always within earshot. 47 degrees at finish. Great spring trek.

hiking
Thu Oct 04 2018

Great hike!

Thu Sep 06 2018

Nice hike. Quietly tucked away. Can be busy on early fall days. View from tower is a great place to catch sunset.

hiking
Mon Apr 23 2018

Beautiful wooded trail, I enjoyed every minute of it.

hiking
Sat Jul 08 2017

Beautiful wooded trail that's accessible for all skill levels. Took my very pregnant sister with me, and she was fine with everything except large staircases.

hiking
Fri Jul 07 2017

Nice hike with lots of wildlife.The deer let me walk within 10 feet of them. There is a good mix of open grassed areas and wooded hills. The view from the Observation Deck and really nice. Not a hard hike but worthwhile.

hiking
Sun Apr 16 2017

Great place near Milwaukee. However, be sure to do a tick check on you & especially your dog - every time we go to Lapham Peak our dog gets several ticks on him. This is true of any woodsy hiking area, but more so for Lapham Pk it seems.

hiking
Sun Apr 02 2017

Very nice half day hike trail

Fri Sep 23 2016

Nice trail, well marked and maintained. Pretty easy going with some nice inclines to give you a little workout. The observation deck was great, you gst there about half way through the loop.

hiking
Sun Aug 16 2015

We recently vacationed in WI & our first stop was just half a mile from a trail head. Spent over 28 miles on the trail while there & loved it! We did the Hartman & Eammon creek sections, plus the Mecan River section. So beautiful & a lonely variety of terrain! Planning a section hike for 10 days on it next year!

hiking
Sat Mar 21 2015

As a kid I always enjoyed when my parents took me hiking here. The trails are super long, but that doesn't mean you have to go for a long hike, you can always turn around. There's also a nature center where you can learn about, and interact with, animals. You can even use the center's nets to catch bugs and then feed them to the fish.

running
Mon Jan 19 2015

I ran my first half marathon race on a part of this trail; the experience was satisfying enough to generate a continuing interest in trail running for me.

hiking
Wed Aug 14 2013

This is one of my most favorite trails I've been hiking and camping along it whole entire life

hiking
Tue Oct 02 2012

We walked a small portion in Campbellsport at Kettle Moraine State Park.

hiking
Wed Jun 27 2012

We have hiked several sections of the Ice Age Trail, with the Traihead 1 1/2 miles West of LaGrange General Store/BackYard Bikes, being the main focal point. Best terrain variety is going South on trail, to where it dead ends at prox 4.25 miles. Go left, and then along the North shore of Rice lake until Cnty Rd P. North on P will soon intersect with the Trail back. North on Hi-Lo Rd also works, and gets you back to Ice Age Trail sooner. Prox 9 mile loop with some excellent deep woods and high bluff views. Note: This section should have it's own trail designation.

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