South Central WI Hiking

Hiking Devil’s Lake Wisconsin State Park

Devil's Doorway at Devil's Lake Wisconsin State Park Baraboo

Devil’s lake Wisconsin State Park:

One of my favorite places to hike is Devil’s Lake Wisconsin State Park. It is very popular due to its beautiful beaches and beautiful quartzite bluffs.  There are several hiking trails to keep guests busy for an entire weekend.

However, I try to steer clear of Devil’s Lake during the peak tourist season because it is such a favorite park, there is no peace to be had.

I took this particular hike in the afternoon after Labor Day weekend had passed.

Devils Lake bottom View
View from South Shore beach

I hiked the Balanced Rock Trail up to the East Bluff Trail.  Diverting over to the Devil’s Doorway. Then I headed back down on the Potholes Trail.  Finally returning to my car on the Grotto Trail.

It is several different trails that connect with each other, for a total hike of approx 1.3-miles.

Devils Lake Balance Rock closeup
Balanced Rock

The balanced rock trail can be one of the more difficult trails, due to the steep and narrow climb of the quartzite stairs.

When passing people more times than not, you will have to step off the stairs and balance on another rock until the group has gone past.  Sometimes this can difficult at times due to the rocky bluff side.

granite stairs

The Devil’s Doorway is a spectacular rock formation and one of the highlights of this hike.

To get there, you have to leave the East Bluff Trail and hike the trail marked Devil’s Doorway; it only adds 0.1-mile on to your hike.

Devils Lake Devils Doorway 2
Devil’s Doorway

Some of these trails are not for the faint of heart, but the view from the top of the bluff and the adventure of getting there makes them a must-do.

Devils Lake Top View

Next, I hiked back down the bluff on the Potholes Trail and was delighted to pass through this gorge walkway.

This trail is also one of the more difficult ones because of the steep quartzite stairs and narrow walking area.

Devil's Lake Split in Stairs
Gorge stairway

There are many great hiking trails at Devil’s Lake.

Which one will you do first?

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External Links:

DNR

Park Map

Map & Directions to 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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