Climb the Scenic Tower at Holy Hill

1525 Carmel Road - Search Nearby - Added by Andy Merkel

360 degree views of the glacial hills of WI!

This is one the highest accessible peaks in the area if you do not own a drone! The views are endless! There are many glacial drumlins, bluffs, and hills everywhere that fill the eye to meet the horizon.

You can park in any of the main parking lots at Holy Hill. You will follow signs for the tower climb. It is accessible through the main entrance (next to the gift shop), or via the stair climb on the southern end of the building to the right of the main entrance. Once you reach the ground level of the tower, it is 178 vertigo-inducing steps to the top!

This climb gets extremely busy in the fall due to the colorful foliage. If you can, come here on a week day, during the morning, or evening. Saturday and Sunday afternoons in the fall have been known to get extremely busy and there may be a long wait to get to the top!  

Distance

1 Miles RT

Elevation Gain

200 ft Gain

Type

Out-and-Back

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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Excellent Place

The view is spectacular at the top. On a good day you can easily see the Milwaukee skyline in the distance. The interior of the church is really beautiful too. Definitely worth the stop- especially when passing by on the Ice Age Trail!

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