Pike Lake Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Pike Lake Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hartford, 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
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

A series of trails and loops within the park. Explore geological features caused by the last ice age including steep hills (moraines) and deep valleys (kettles) in this mostly wooded area. Includes lookout tower. State park admission sticker required.

hiking
11 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

Nice wooded trail with a great view from the observation deck. I did this hike with my 11 year old son and we both really enjoyed it. A bonus is pike lake. Nice beach if you want to end with a swim.

15 days ago

Nice trail. Can see Holy Hill from the tower. Restrooms are available by the lake. Not paved so could be muddy if it's been raining.

walking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

We've hiked PL many times in all seasons and we always enjoy it. Hilly with nice, wide trails. Great for the dog too. And you're treated to great views at the top of the tower.

hiking
6 months ago

Wide trails. Lots of people trail running. Pike Lake is a really popular spot so there were tons of people everywhere in the summer. The heavily forested parts of the trail are nice and so is the tower. It's an ok spot to spend some time in the woods, but if you are looking for quiet, maybe get further north into the Kettle Moraine where there are fewer people. During the winter time there are naturally a lot less people so if you are looking for a nice little winter hike this could be a good option.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice wide trails for a group to hike together on. There are a variety of difficulty levels to choose from. Right now the trails are pretty icy but you can hike on the ridge.

8 months ago

9 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

The trail may be confusing at first.. We got lost but we manage to find our way to the top, just required extra energy and effort, but extra workout! Follow the Ice Age trail, read signs and know the color codes carefully. The kiosk was really helpful cuz it tells you exactly where you are just in case you're lost. Need more of those in other hiking places hehe.

Overall, great workout, great hike, amazing view. Would go back here anytime!

birding
11 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Thursday, July 14, 2016

hiking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great!

hiking
Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great hike. Great scenery and a fairly easy path.

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

It's a wonderful trail even in the winter. We hiked around 5 miles, the trail is moderate to easy and there is a gorgeous lookout of the whole park.

hiking
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fun shorter trail, lookout tower offers a nice view.

hiking
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Great hike from the beach up the ridge to the tower. The view is so worth the hour long trek uphill to get there. Can't wait to walk this trail again once the leaves change. We saw a deer on the way up and came across an old abandoned hay rake just off the trail.