Snowshoe Hiking at Mirror Lake

Snowshoeing Mirror Lake Wisconsin State Park:

Snowshoeing Mirror Lake on a 50-degree day in January, crazy.  Fifty degrees in January is almost unheard of for Wisconsin.  The sun was shining and I was able to leave work early.

Today was going to be a good day!

Out of Commision:

Due to a pinched sciatic nerve, I have not been able to walk normal, much less hike since Thanksgiving – November 22nd. But thanks to physical therapy twice a week and regular strength building exercises I am finally able to walk normal again.

There is still some pain, but not enough to keep me from getting back on a trail.  This time stuck indoors has reminded me to be thankful for the wonderful natural resources Wisconsin has to offer.

Mirror Lake Tubbs Snowshoes

I have my snowshoes strapped on my feet and I am ready to hike. We head off in the direction of the Echo Rock trail for my first time snowshoeing.

Mirror Lake Wisconsin State Park Echo Rock trail head
Enjoy the Winter:

It has been a great many years since I enjoyed a Wisconsin winter. When I was young I loved playing in the snow.  Spending hours outdoors sledding or building a snow fort it didn’t matter.  Often times I wouldn’t come in until my hands and feet had gone numb.

Mirror Lake Wisconsin State Park benchAs I grew up I forgot how much fun winter could be.  For the past several years my mantra has been – I dislike winter and it is far too cold outside.  Will it ever be warm again?

Not this year.  This year is going to be different!  For the first time ever my entire family is properly outfitted for winter with footwear and snow pants.

Mirror Lake Wisconsin State Park BridgeDue to pain, I couldn’t hike the entire Echo Rock trail.  But I did make it to the bridge before I had to turn around.

If you have read my post hiking The Dells of The Eau Claire River or Wisconsin’s McGilvray “7 bridges” hike then you already know that I have a weird obsession with bridges.  I enjoy photographing them and find them kind of awesome.

Not really sure what that is about.  But it is, what it is.

Mirror Lake Wisconsin State Park Echo Rock

As we neared the end of snowshoeing Mirror Lake for the day I was both sad because I couldn’t go farther and elated that I was able to go at all.

I will not go another winter complaining, I will make sure to enjoy all the seasons.  I am thankful we have winter with snow and can’t wait to get out again!

External Links:

DNR – Mirror Lake

Mirror Lake Winter Map

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. 

Thank you for reading!  Have a great day!!

If you have any comments please share them below

  1. sciatica pain is the worst for a hiker. Hope it gets better for you. Mirror Lake is gorgeous!


    1. Thank you for taking the time to read and respond. Mirror Lake is a great place to begin snowshoeing because it is so beautiful.


  2. This looks like a gorgeous place to snowshoe!


    1. Mirror Lake is a wonderful State Park with much to offer 🙂 Thank you for reading


  3. I hope you continue to get better, the not being able to walk right bites! I was wondering about your snowshoes. What kind are they? I need to do something different, I’ve walked all over town with my dog, need some variety.


    1. I am getting better everyday 🙂 The snowshoes are Tubbs and they are really nice, just not totally sure if snowshoeing is for me yet. Hiking with gators on might be the way for me.


  4. Hope your pain goes away soon. There is nothing worse than not being able to enjoy a beautiful day with a walk, hike or snowshoe. Thanks for sharing. Allan


    1. Thank you for your kind words and for reading 🙂


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