Hiking Ableman’s Gorge Wisconsin State Natural Area:
Hiking Ableman’s Gorge was going to have to wait until after 2 pm that Sunday.
My day job is spent as a bookkeeper at a grain elevator. We are just beginning to get busy with harvest and that means working weekends. Don’t feel too bad for me, I usually enjoy my job and don’t mind working when it’s busy. That is not to say I wouldn’t rather be hiking.
When I got out of work we hit the road, I am always excited for a new hiking destination.
We drove on Hwy 136E past this beautiful quartzite rock wall. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to live in such a beautiful place. Then I drive by something so unique and I am reminded to be thankful.
We found a spot to park and got our boots on the trail. After about 10 feet we were faced with a decision to go left or right. We went right, don’t go right.
We hadn’t noticed while driving by, the trail was right next to the Hwy.
This is not the sort of hiking I had been dreaming of while at work. At least I was outdoors with my family.
Then the trail tucked into the woods and the day just got better from there.
It wasn’t long and we came to the first interesting find. The remains of an old blast shelter from a former quarrying operation.
I am impressed with how well it has held up over the years.
It’s amazing the things you can see for the price of a State Park Sticker.
We hiked to the Van Hise Rock:
I am saddened by the need to write”please do not deface” on this on the tablet. I am even more disheartened by the defacement that has happened to the tablet. You don’t have to hike to see the Van Hise Rock, it is right next to the highway. Perhaps that is part of the problem.
On the way back we made sure to take the other path.
I am so glad that we took the other path.
It follows along the sandstone – quartzite – conglomerate bluff that is really amazing.
By taking this other trail that is only a few feet away, it was a completely different hike. Lots of trees, cliffs, and even a lovely bench.
When we came to a clearing the sun was beginning to set. It was shining off the side of the quartzite cliff making the colors of the cliff light up.
Just before the trail joins back up we found another blast shelter.
We had a great time hiking at Ableman’s Gorge. I highly recommend this hike, just make sure to take the trail closest to the cliffs.
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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