Pike Lake Trail

MODERATE 38 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.

3.6 miles
374 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


cross country skiing


nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


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.

22 days ago

Good work out in every season

3 months ago

Very nice undulating elevation consistently throughout 5 mile loop.

3 months ago

Nice well marked trails through varied terrain of mature hardwood and fields. Natural kettle morain topography of hills and ridges finishing at Pike Lake.

beautiful observation tower. nice wooded trails that lead to pike lake.

5 months ago

Nice hike, but super buggy.

5 months ago

Overall awesome hiking. Saw about a dozen people while actually on the trails. Only thing for improvement is that the trails aren't marked as well as they could be and the map is horrible. Dog did well and was grateful that other hikers that had dogs were all on leashes!!!!

6 months 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.

6 months 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.

9 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.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

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.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

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!

Sunday, June 26, 2016


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great hike. Great scenery and a fairly easy path.

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.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Fun shorter trail, lookout tower offers a nice view.

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.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A favorite go to trail when we want to go for a hike. Beautiful in the fall with all the sumac and oaks. Fun features along the trail - old farm fence lines, signal trees, springs and a look out tower.

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