If you like breathtaking vistas and amazing rock formations with a lake front view, Devil's Lake State Park is the place for you! Hikers, climbers, and water loving mermaids will feel right at home at this Wisconsin gem.

Devil's Lake State Park has over 22 miles of trails for all hiking skill levels. To hike the perimeter of the lake, Begin with West Bluff Trail, hook into Balanced Rock Trail, and finish with East Bluff Trail. The bluffs surrounding the lakes reach elevations up to 500 feet.

West Bluff Trail is a good trail for beginner to intermediate hikers. The south is a steep climb with it becoming easier as you approach the north end of the trail. The West Bluff Trail is approximately 1.5 miles long. Views along the trail include Devil's Lake (named to draw in tourists) and Lake Wisconsin in the distance. Combine this trail with Tumbled Rocks Trail that is adjacent to Devil's Lake to add an additional 1.5 miles to your trek.

Balanced Rock Trail boasts a steep and rocky terrain with steps carved from quartzite boulders present in the area that is a favorite of area climbers. You can find the 0.4 mile long Balanced Rock formation off to the south of the trail, on the south face of the East Bluff. 

East Bluff Trail ranges from intermediate to difficult. Look for Elephant Rock just above Elephant Cave while traversing its undulating pathway along its quartzite outcrops. East Bluff Trail intersects with Balanced Rock Trail on the south end, where it then continues east. Bonus points if you hike the entire trail and find Devil's Doorway and the Potholes Trail before ending at the CCC Trail. 

Best times to use the trail are March through October. In the winter, the trail becomes very slippery with ice. 

Pack List

  • Hiking Boots
  • Treking Pools
  • Climbing Gear (if climbing)
  • Water
  • Food
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Picnic Lunch
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 500 Feet
Activities Camping, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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