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Little trailhead nestled in-between two houses. But the steep climb up forested hill soon makes one forget how close the trail is to housing development. Soon arrive at a bench overlooking Cross Plains town. The trail then meanders through thick woods and open prairies with big sky. The northwest portion of the trail goes through some great examples of driftless terrain (unglaciated hills) with deep gullies. Complete the final portion of the loop by walking on local streets. There is no sidewalk, but also little traffic.

Pretty nice , the trail looked good and less crowded in the morning, we loved the view of the capital.plenty of parking, will definitely do it again

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail. Muddy but good. Kudos to the bikers that ride this. Pay for parking system is a joke though. Take a pen/pencil and paper money as envelopes with coins in won't fit through the slot.

hiking
4 days ago

Start at the Merrimac ferry south shore parking lot (1). The trail head is marked by yellow blazes. After a brief segment between rail tracks and the road, the trail crosses the road and start climbing in ernest. Filtered view of Lake Wisconsin through trees. A winding trail through woods leads to Slack Rd parking lot (2). From here one has to do some road hiking on Slack Rd and County V to Gibraltar Rock park; fortunately the traffic is light. Once at Gibraltar Rock park lot (3), it's a longish hike to the cliffs with sweeping views of the rolling hills to the south. Continue the trail to the west parking lot (4). That's 4.6 miles one way. Backtrack.

backpacking
5 days ago

It was a nicely maintained trail. There is good elevation change for an 'easy' rated trail. The fact that it was a loop is a big plus.

The only downside to the location is that there is no parking lot. It is a quiet road that you need to park on, so not a deal breaker.

Fun easy trails, barely run into anyone.

Old settlers trail is dog friendly while the hemlock trail is not. Just a heads up!

hiking
7 days ago

10 days ago

on Donald Park Trail

10 days ago

If you haven't hiked this yet, you will not be disappointed. This is one of those trails that should be on your bucket list. Devil's Lake is the epitome of how beautiful wisconsin can be. This is a two hour drive for me to get to, but I give it a visit every year.