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Mount Pisgah Hemlock Trail is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ontario, Wisconsin that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from March until September.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 396 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Mountain biking

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Getting There

Reports the loop along the back side of the mountain is closed and some steps are washed out.

Wisconsin Department of Tourism, P.O. Box 7976, 201 W. Washington Avenue , Madison, WI, 53707-79761, Phone: 608-266-2161

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Clayton Stark
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Trail was in good shape, fun moderate little climb

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audre rae
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Hiking

We loved this hike - some trees were down on the trail but for the most part easy to follow - we did the whole loop without running into anyone too which was really nice.

Eric Haney
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We were able to do the whole loop. After reading previous reviews we weren't sure how the trail conditions would be. The were just fine. A few downed trees to navigate but nothing too difficult. It is a nice workout but well worth it for the prize at the summit. The views are spectacular. It was a perfect day for this hike. Most visitors were paddling/floating the Kickapoo. We mostly had the trail to ourselves. Definitely one of my favorites.

Alex Vant Hoff
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Hiking

This trail is beautiful and a nice moderate challenge with some elevation change throughout. Very scenic. Does not feel like you’re in Wisconsin. Trail is narrow. Recommend pants even in summer.

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Lindsey B
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Hiking

One of my favorite hikes I've ever done for sure. We seemed to be the only ones out on a beautiful spring afternoon which was an added bonus. The scenery along the river was fantastic, the old growth hemlocks and pines magnificent, and the view totally worth the climb. That being said, probably not the best trail to do if you're in poor shape. We made it to the top and went back the way we came, so we did not encounter the washed out portion.

Sheila Zajicek
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Hiking

Beautiful flowers along the trail nice views

Nicole Schueler
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ClosedWashed out

This was the absolute most beautiful trail I have hiked. Half of it is closed (for good reason as time goes on, it has been closed for over a year) and we didn't realize it until we got towards the bottom. Lots of leaves on the closed portion, making it much more slippery and risky, as well as a couple spots of washed out trail and an area where there are fallen trees blocking the trail, where you need to step off near a creek at the bottom. The open portion of the trail has some fallen trees that are easy to get through, and it is a pretty easy hike for about 3/4 of the way up, before the switchbacks and incline get more severe towards the top. This trail is definitely not for a beginner, as it does get quite strenuous in some areas, but it is absolutely worth the effort and is singlehandedly the most beautiful hike I have ever taken.

Marissa Ogurek
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Jerry C.
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Hiking

Nice river and forest scenery. Fall colors were excellent. The white pines near the trail head are impressive. Most of the trail is quite steep and comprised of switchbacks to reach the summit which offers fairly good views but not as good as those at the Old Settlers trail head. As noted, one approach was closed so it's out and back on the same route.

Eric Hahn
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Hiking

This trail starts out meandering along small bluffs standing over the mighty kickapoo. This portion of the trail is very scenic. The trail then pushes uphill away from the river and changes its demeanor. We found this section fairly grueling, compromising mostly of dirt trail switchbacks climbing to the top of a ridge. The view from the ridge overlook point is pretty spectacular and worth the haul to get there. The backway down was still closed from washouts. This is still a great trail even with half of it closed. Edit: We hiked this trail a second time and we took the "closed" back way down and it was completely passable. Sure, there is a tiny section of washed out steps at the very bottom, but you can easily step around the small washed areas (or just walk right through them, the washed area is really that minor). We left very confused as to why that trail is closed.

Kelly Bartlett
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Washed out

moderate trail in the beginning along the Kickapoo River amazing sandstone formations and lovely kickapoo river mid way you'll start a steep climb up the front part of the mountain which can be difficult for some. The back side of the mountain trail is still washed out so you'll have to come down the way you came but so worth the hike as the lookout is gorgeous at the top!!

Michael Berry
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The loop along the back side of the mountain is closed and lots of the steps are washed out. The area along the river up to the outlook is gorgeous. Its easy to miss the right turn to go along the river at the start of the trail so watch the r trail markings.

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Herman Polesky
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Mostly unimprived trail with plenty of terrain.

John Fuller
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Great hike, views of Kickapoo River, spectacular observation point overlooking river valley.

Jason Burmeister
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Hiking

STARTS OUT CLIMBIMG UP ALONG THE KICKAPOO RIVER THEN UP A BLUFF TO AN OVERLOOK OF THE AREA. NICE VIEWS OF EXPOSED ROCK FORMATIONS THE RIVER HAS CUT THROUGH

Dana Brown
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Ana Schultz
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Brian Annette Porter
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Jon Heiderscheit
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Matt Habeck
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Anthony Then
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Briton Nelson
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Moa lamothe
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Cierra Reimann
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Hallyjade Kennedy
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John Dahms
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Mitchell Meyer
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