• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Running, Hiking, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    5.8 Miles

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers

This is a great hike most of the year, but if you love fall as much as me, do yourself a favor and head out to Lapham Peak to experience the colors in all their beauty. Located just 30 minutes west of Milwaukee, Lapham Peak is the highest point in Waukesha County, offering stunning vistas of beautiful Wisconsin.

Head 30 minutes west from Milwaukee along I-94 and you'll find yourself in the quaint town of Delafield, WI. Head south down Genesee St. for a half mile and you'll see the entrance to Lapham Peak, part of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Once there, you can head up the winding road to the parking lot located just down the hill from the observation tower. Climb up the 45ft observation tower and all of a sudden you're on top of the tallest point in all of Waukesha County. Once you're done taking in the scenic vistas, you can hop on the Ice Age Trail which links up with the Kettle View trail at E26. Take the trail around the forest for 5.8 miles of constant tree cover and open forest clearings. Lapham Peak is one of the best natural areas in southern Wisconsin and is full of trails to explore and forests to admire.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Camelbak or water bottle
  • Hiking/Walking stick
  • Bug spray for summer months
  • Camera equipment for photography
  • Snacks and food if you're looking to do multiple trails
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I did this hike with my family a few years back. The views from the lookout tower are incredible, you can see a few lakes from the top! Pretty easy hike, even if you are looking for a more intense hike, still check out the tower!

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Jon Mattrisch Explorer

Outdoor enthusiast and photographer from Milwaukee, WI. Camping, hiking, exploring, biking and more. I love it all and I try to capture as much of it as possible. Exploring my home state and exhausting all there is to see, which might take me my whole life. Worth it!

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