South Central WI Hiking

Snowshoe Hiking at Mirror Lake

side of mirror lake bridge
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!

Mirror Lake
Out of Commission:

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 beautiful 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 my hours outdoors sledding or building a snow fort it didn’t matter.  Often 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, my entire family is outfitted adequately for winter with footwear and snow pants.

Mirror Lake Wisconsin State Park Bridge

The Bridge:

Due 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 interesting.

Not 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

Map & Directions to 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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