Picnic Point Marsh Loop Trail

EASY 19 reviews

Picnic Point Marsh Loop Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Madison, Wisconsin that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
88 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

forest

lake

views

hiking
23 days ago

Great easy walk or run with beautiful views of the isthmus or the northwest shores of Mendota. Lots of little off-shoots to explore with kids, too!

8 months ago

This is one of my favorite trail running spots in Madison. Gorgeous, wooded trails with beautiful views of Lake Mendota. At the point the view of the capital is spectacular!

walking
9 months ago

Great trail. Definitely a nice easy trail with some nice views of Lake Mendota and a beautiful prairie (Biocore). We went a little farther than just the Picnic Point loop. I don't think I got quite to Frautschi Point! Had a great time with my dog, hubby, sister, bro-in-law and their newborn!

hiking
9 months ago

Nice easy hike along lake. Encountered a. Few mosquitoes. Many wildflowers. A few fire pit circles along the way. Many side paths to explore.

walking
10 months ago

Very Easy trail and the view was beautiful. My toddler was able to walk half of it.

hiking
11 months ago

This is a really nice Trail for an easy hike. If you do an out and back on the point you have a flat trail that alternates woods and open air. As the point narrows you have the lake on either side. This includes a small beach, great views, and several fire pits with wood provided. There are also several trails that diverge from the main trail that offer more forest and lake views along with a restored prairie. You can access Picnic Point via the Temin Lakeshore path if you want to extend the hike or add in a great bike route.

hiking
11 months ago

Iconic hike/walk of Madison. Pretty flat most of the way as you go along the shoreline and through the forest on your way to the beautiful picnic point. Branch off the main trail to other trails to find quieter less busy spots in the woods, beautiful open meadows, and of course the lake.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy trail to follow

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