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Wisconsin Trails editor Chelsey Lewis shares news, tidbits and things to do in Wisconsin's great outdoors.

Hiking the Ice Age Trail at Lapham Peak

As a lover of the outdoors, it’s hard to let days like the ones we’ve had this week in Wisconsin pass without getting outside.

On Tuesday, I was able to get out to the Lapham Peak segment of the Ice Age Trail for a solid seven-mile hike.


Kris Jensen, the communications coordinator for the Waukesha/Milwaukee Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, said most people who head to Lapham Peak hike east of Highway C, in the main area of the park. But west of Highway C, the land features a really unique landscape of restored prairie and oak savannah.


She was right. I only spotted three other people while hiking on the western segment, and the landscape was beautiful.


I even made a few new friends – of the avian variety.


Even east of Highway C, I only ran into a few groups of people. That’s the beauty of the Ice Age Trail.

“The trail generally isn’t terribly busy,” Jensen said. “Usually when you go out there, you can find a quiet spot. You meet people, but you don’t meet a big line unless you go with a group. So even in some suburban areas you can find some solitude on the trail.”

Check back tomorrow for more information on hiking the Ice Age Trail in Waukesha County, including tips for other things to see in the area before or after your hike.

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