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Little sloppy this time of the year.

easy family hike

Good work out in every season

Went in October, super colorful in the fall. Was hard to find parking for trail. You have to park at the Holy Hill Church. Most of the trail has trail markers, not all parts of the trail though.

on Pike Lake Trail

7 months ago

Very nice undulating elevation consistently throughout 5 mile loop.

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

Excellent hike. Went with my chesapeake bay retrieve. beautiful day for a hike.

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

Parked on Hwy 167 and took the yellow trail on the south side of the road. This is an easy trail. There is a steep climb to an optional lookout. We couldn't see anything due the tree coverage. It may be much more scenic when the leaves drop in the fall. The trail was narrow and heavily wooded and there were numerous other hikers on the trails. You could hear cars throughout a good portion of the trail and at 12:00 pm, the Basilica rang bells, which was neat. It wasn't my favorite trail of the summer but if you are looking for a nice easy walk, this is a great place for that.

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9 months ago

Nice hike, but super buggy.

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10 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!!!!

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10 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.

on Pike Lake Trail

10 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.

parking area is a tad hard to find, but well marked!

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

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.

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Sunday, April 09, 2017

Beautiful! (It helped that it was 70 & sunny in April). We parked at Emerald Dr & hiked out & back from our car only about 2.5 miles, but this area offers a few more miles. Diverse scenery - pine forested area, prairie, a pretty bridge over the river. Even an easy access area for the dog to swim into the river. We really enjoyed it & will definitely be back to do more. Not hilly or challenging, just a nice, easy walk in nature.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Lots of fun, great for kids and lots of different trails. watch out for dog poop, lots of it every where. Will definitely go again.

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2016

I hiked the southern most section of this trail (out and back between Hwy 167 and Donegal Rd) the third week of October. The fall colors were great, and I loved the trail. There were a lot of ups and down, and twists and turns in the trail which made it interesting. I also did each of the 3 spurs to the tops of kames. I included some walking on the grounds of the basilica and a climb to the top of the church spire which offered a wonderful view of the surrounding country side. The Ice Age Trail was well marked and there were at least a couple of benches and some nice scenic views, especially at the tops of the kames. I hiked on a weekday and only saw one trail runner and one other couple the entire hike (though Holy Hill itself was very crowded.) I would highly recommend the southern section. I can't comment on the section north of Hwy 167 since I haven't hiked it yet.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Most people come to this site to visit the Basilica and shrine. The hiking trail is adequate but does not have any observation or rest points along the route. Signage is sufficient for a point-to-point hiking trail. The path is a natural trail which means that leaves, tree roots, and stumps scatter the pathway. Hills are small and easy. Today's fall foliage was fantastic and worth the trip in and if itself.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Not well marked in places. Not as scenic as had hoped.

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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!

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Great!

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Great hike. Great scenery and a fairly easy path.

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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.

on Pike Lake Trail

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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.

on Pike Lake Trail

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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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