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Cleopatra’s Needle at Mill Bluff State Park

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Snowshoe at Mill Bluff:

Are you looking for a snowshoe trail less traveled?

Look no further than Mill Bluff Wisconsin State Park.  The Camel Bluff Trail is the perfect opportunity to forge your path.

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Camel Bluff Trail:

This trail loops around and through the Camel Bluffs and is only 1.25-miles long.  It is located further down the road than the rest of Mill Bluff often forgotten or overlooked.

Today was the second time I have been snowshoeing.  Before I got on the trail, I had a difficult time assessing if the snowshoes were going to be a help or hindrance.

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To Snowshoe or Not to Snowshoe:

The first time I went snowshoeing was at Mirror Lake State Park.  I wanted to enjoy it because I had heard good things.  At that time the snowshoes were not worth the extra effort.

The trail was already beaten down.  Heavily trampled making the snowshoes not necessary.  A good pair of Yaktrax would have been a better option that day.

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Perfect snowshoe trail:

Initially, I took off hiking with just my boots.

After 25 feet into the hike, I realized this is perfect trail conditions for my snowshoes.  There were only two set off tracks in the snow before me.  The snow was about 10-inches thick.

Heading back to the car I feel foolish for not realizing snowshoes were going to be an essential part of this hike.  I was solo for the day, so I decided to make the most of it and try and asses if I enjoy snowshoeing or not.

The conclusion is yes.  Yes!  I had so much fun.  It felt almost like floating down the small hills.

Cleopatra’s Needle Bluff:

Growing up in the area I have been to Mill Bluff State Park numerous times.  Swimming, hiking Mill Bluff Summit / Nature Trail and even camping a few times.

However, only the second time I have taken this trail it is still relatively new to me.

The two hikers before me must have known to look out for a small offshoot leading to Cleopatra’s Needle if it hadn’t been for there tracks in the snow I would have missed this unique piece of sandstone – For the Second time.

If you are in the area, I highly recommend this short hiking / snowshoeing Camel Bluff Trail at Mill Bluff Wisconsin State Park. 

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External Links:

DNR Mill Bluff State Park Map

Map & Directions to Mill Bluff State Park


When spending time outdoors always be respectful of nature, use common sense and please follow any posted rules.

Always give more than you take and leave no trace. 


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