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Hike up the river at Pewit's Nest

Baraboo, Wisconsin



0.5 miles

Elevation Gain

10 ft

Route Type



Added by Andy Merkel

One of the best natural areas in the state, largely closed off from above to prevent injuries from jumping into the shallow water, there are no restrictions from coming up from the bottom. Be prepared to get wet!

This adventure is best on a summer day or in the fall when the water temperature is warmer. People attempt to cliff dive from above all the time and get seriously injured. Do not jump from above. The water depth is only about 5-6 ft at maximum and only in certain areas. 

According to the DNR, as of June 27, 2017 climbing on the side cliffs is prohibited. It is undecided if just going up the river is prohibited or not, but you will surely find dozens of people here at all times in the summer months.

Start from the bottom and climb up the first of 4 waterfalls in Pewit's nest. 

  1. The first waterfall on the bottom is the hardest to navigate up as it is the steepest. 
  2. The second waterfall usually has multiple large tree branches lodged on it for support.
  3. The third waterfall is small and can be easily climbed/walked over as it's only 2 feet high.
  4. The fourth waterfall has a 45 degree angle that can be walked up, however it is very slippery!
  5. The fifth and final waterfall at the end is about 3-5 ft high and you need to hoist yourself onto the ledge.
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