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North Kettle Moraine Trail is a 9.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Plymouth, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 9.1 mi Elevation gain 734 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Bugs
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DKM User
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Dan Grassl
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Tammy Richardson
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Jessica Pluemer
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Philip Maciukiewicz
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HikingBugsOver grown

Lots of mosquitos unfortunately during August hike, some of the trails were very narrow and overgrown, but overall enjoyable and more difficult than anticipated. Beautiful lush forest, terrain wasn’t smooth which was a nice challenge.

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Chuck Grothaus
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Hiking

Not a bad hike although trail is overgrown in places. And you need to purchase a state park pass.

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Tali Jona
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John Schneider
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Running

Technically challenging with some flatter and easier sections. Shelter 5 at North end has Toilet service. two large dead fall trees but easily navigated.

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Ronald Hoppus
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Ken Gotsch
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HikingBugsRocky

Headed north from Butler Lake. It was a beautiful sunny day in low 70s. The original trail route was reopened after winter/spring logging. I passed several groups of hikers.

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Brandon Johnson
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HikingMuddy

Ice age & Purple Trail Loop

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Bret McCord
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Backpacking

Ice Age Trail is well blazed. Oak trees are the order of the day. Backpacking shelters are roomy, some with concrete floors, others sand/gravel. Some have I bolts for hammocks, some don’t. Ample dead/down wood for fires...some spigots along the way, lakes, streams to treat water...Weekdays and winter if you want solitude...

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Foday Mashburn
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Peaceful

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Cara Callies
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This is the Parnell tower trail and only about a 3 mile trail

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Thomas Runningen
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Hiking

Great trail ! 2" fresh snow took the dogs and had a great hike.

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Lindsey Bergin
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I don't know if I would categorize this trail as hard. There were definitely some rough spots, but overall I would rate it as more moderate. There was a lot of different terrain and the scenery was gorgeous. Highly recommend!

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Adam Boutwell
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Celie Kohls
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great for trail running, plenty of hills!

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Jon Hermann
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Great trail

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Mercedes Wieseckel
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Loved the tower, but upon arrival I didn't know about having to pay. Lucky I had money and exact change on me.

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H T
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Hiking

Extremely pleasant(could have been the company)

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Monty The Runner
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Hiking

Backpacked it in early may. Beautiful trail with surprising hills/ scenery for the midwest.

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Wayne Malone
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Hiking

Great wooded trail with some hills. Seems busy 4 hikers on a tuesday night in Sept.

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Laura Weiss
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Hiking

Incredible hiking for the Midwest. To avoid skeeters and biting flies during hot wet summers - avoid low trails like Butler Lake. Hike higher portions of Ice Age Trail. Backpacking shelters are reservable - but expect human "visitors" dropping by your camp - even in off season. No one dangerous - just nosy locals.

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Aubrey Biscoe
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Hiking

I've hiked most of the ice age trail in this section, between shelters 1 and 5. It is very hilly and takes all you've got. But lovely shelters and a beaut of a hike.

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Brian Karbowski
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Mountain biking

I've biked this trail several times and found it to be great. There are several lopes based on distance and difficulty. Very nice senary and the trail provide a good amount of technical section

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Joeseph Bartelheim
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Walking

I went up to the trail to get some information and the skeeters also flew away with me! I'm guessing to fo late fall when they are all dead!

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