The Best Backpacking in Wisconsin

Looking for the best backpacking in Wisconsin? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Wisconsin. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Wisconsin

  • La Pointe, Wisconsin

    Camp on Stockton Island

    5.0
    To get out to the Apostle Islands you have to travel by boat. Many people choose to sea kayak, but with small kids we opted to take the ferry/taxi through the Apostle Islands concierge (apostleisland.com ). However, there was one man who brought his kayak over on the ferry and then paddled around...
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  • Kewaskum, Wisconsin

    Backpack the Milwaukee River and Butler Lake Segments of the Ice Age Trail

    16.8 mi
    The Milwaukee River Trailhead for the Ice Age Trail (IAT) is located on WI-28, east of the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. Before the hike, make sure to pack water, or hike off-trail to the New Fane trailhead (1.1 mile round trip, we got caught doing this) for an early water source on the trail. The...
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  • Ellison Bay, Wisconsin

    Backpack the Europe Bay Trail at Newport State Park

    7.6 mi
    Hidden on the northeastern side of Door County, Newport State Park offers 16 secluded, hike-in only campsites throughout its 20-plus miles of hikable terrain. The Europe Bay Trail Loop encompasses the northern portion of the park, and leads to three campsites bordering Europe Lake or the Lake Mic...
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  • Washington, Wisconsin

    Hike the Thordarson Loop Trail at Rock Island State Park

    5.2 mi
    Getting to Rock Island is the first part of the journey. Driving to the tip of Door County, drive to the Northport Pier and grab your first ferry to Washington Island. Once there, drive across the island to Kafri Ferry dock. This ferry does not allow vehicles, so you'll be carrying anything you'l...
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  • Irma, Wisconsin

    Hike Grandfather Falls on the Ice Age Trail

    1 mi / 100 ft gain
    About 12 miles north of Merrill on 107, there is easy access parking from either the dam on the north or Camp New Wood County Park to the south. We started at the Falls and hiked south to enjoy the rock formation known throughout the Ice Age Trail. While early June meant a cloud of biting insects...
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  • Siren, Wisconsin

    Hike the Gandy Dancer Trail

    While visiting the charming Northwoods town of Siren, I detoured for a hike on the Gandy Dancer Trail segment.   This trail was constructed to connect townships using old railroad beds.   Even the name honors the rhythmic, synchronized efforts of the workers in their rail nailing dance.   In tota...
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  • Minocqua, Wisconsin

    Bearskin Trail

    5.0
    20.06 mi / 459 ft gain
    Bearskin Trail is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Minocqua, Wisconsin.
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  • Gleason, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail: Harrison Hills Section

    13.29 mi / 1171 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail: Harrison Hills Section is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Gleason, Wisconsin.
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  • Slinger, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

    3.66 mi / 364 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Slinger, Wisconsin.
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  • Slinger, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail: Pike Lake

    3.12 mi / 423 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail: Pike Lake is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Slinger, Wisconsin.
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  • Colgate, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail: Monches

    3.53 mi / 381 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail: Monches is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Hartland, Wisconsin.
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  • Delafield, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail: Lapham Peak

    7.91 mi / 784 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail: Lapham Peak is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Delafield, Wisconsin.
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  • Belleville, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail: Brooklyn Wildlife/Montrose Segments

    12.3 mi / 1138 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail: Brooklyn Wildlife/Montrose Segments is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Belleville, Wisconsin.
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  • Milton, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail: Storrs Lake

    2.01 mi / 236 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail: Storrs Lake is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Milton, Wisconsin.
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  • Cascade, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail - Northern Unit

    5.26 mi / 341 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail - Northern Unit is a point-to-point trail where you may see local wildlife located near Cascade, Wisconsin.
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  • Waupaca, Wisconsin

    Ice Age Trail: Hartman Creek

    12.29 mi / 1040 ft gain
    Ice Age Trail: Hartman Creek is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Waupaca, Wisconsin.
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