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Not the easiest due to being hilly but links into a segment of the IAT and nearby shelter. lovely views of the area. a favorite of mine to hike in spring and fall.

Love this trail. Not super challenging, but enough rocks, roots, and hills to keep you from getting bored. The trail is mostly narrow dirt paths, maintained well enough to keep you on track, but not overly groomed to the point of being uninteresting. I doused myself in bug spray each time I've went (mid-late June), and the only time I had a problem with mosquitoes was when my girlfriend was with and we took water breaks. If you don't stop and maintain a brisk pace (fast walk/some running) the mosquitoes won't get you, and it provides a good workout. Beautiful scenery from atop the tower, and along the trail itself.

3 months ago

Great views of the whole Kettle area. I'm coming back in the fall. the views with the leave turning should be breathtaking.

Good Sunday stroll. Entered from Highway H heading north where there is a pump for water and ate lunch at one of the shelters.


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

5 months ago

This is a great hike if you want something a little more challenging. If you go left when you start the trail, you will have an awesome incline to hike when you finish, totally worth it!

Nice...A little muddy after the spring thaw but it’s great to be out

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

11 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful hike, but watch your step! The trail starts with a long flight of stairs up to a 60ft lookout tower with incredible views. A majority of the trail is quite rocky with exposed roots. Take your time, watch your step, and enjoy the scenery.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Just hiked this trail. It was overgrown in several spots. Small kids and older adults should be careful as there are many areas with rocks and roots that are very slippery when wet.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Great hike to push yourself

I don't know if I would necessarily categorize this as difficult. It seemed more like a moderate hike to me. Other than that, it was a beautiful hike!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

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!

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Very woodsy, hilly and wonderful.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hiked from the main parking area to loop 1, met up with loop 2 and took that until loop 3. Then we took loop 3 all the way back to the parking lot, which was probably around 6 miles or so. I don't think I'd classify this trail as hard, but still some decent trails with some good variation. Also, unfortunately you have to pass under some power lines, so if you are looking for seclusion, this probably isn't the best option.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

great for trail running, plenty of hills!

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Hike this one often. There are a few steep inclines/descents (not long) depending which way you go. All ages hike this trail and you just go your own pace. The tower is VERY busy during peak fall colors and parking is not allowed on the road.
This trail is not open to cross country skiiing as one person commented below. There are groomed cross country skiing trails at Greenbush Camp a few miles south or Parnell.
The Ice Age Trail connects for a short distance on the west side of the trail. I've seen some people get confused at these two junctions. If you are going clockwise, keep going to the right. If you are going counter clockwise, stay to the left. Or read the signs, they point you in the right direction.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Great trail

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Medium difficulty, great variety, few people. Enjoyed very much!

Friday, July 08, 2016

Such a great trail. Not your standard crushed stone path. The changes in terrain make it a bit more challenging. Roots, rocks, hills and stairs, so many things to step on and around. The woods are beautiful and it isn't too busy, though you will almost definitely see a handful of other people.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Roughly 8 miles through the lower part of the "North" Kettle Moraine forrest. A good hike with plenty of up and downs, fortunately, the last .5 mile is downhill to the parking area and trail head.

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

Monday, May 16, 2016

I don't know why this is marked as hard. It was a easy trail. I did it twice - clockwise and counter clockwise. It is VERY pretty!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Extremely pleasant(could have been the company)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Very enjoyable, nice hills and great scenery especially in fall.

on Parnell Tower Trail

Monday, October 19, 2015

Hiked this last Saturday. The fall foliage was gorgeous! The *only* drawback was the sound of gunfire (frequent!) nearby....hunting season :( This trail is easy for hiking. The worst part is the stairway at the beginning of the trail. After passing the tower, the slopes are mild and a good pair of hiking shoes will help if the trail is wet. I can imagine that this would be a challenging route for snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing because of the lack of trail markers, but for hiking it was a pleasant stroll on a well developed trail.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Hiked this trail this morning. It was a good workout for someone who is used to flat terrain. A few mosquitos but I was prepared for that. Great time.

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