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Indian Marker Tree Trail is a splendid walk through the winter woods extending approximately 1.3 miles over rolling and sometimes steep terrain. Begin from the West Observation Tower parking lot, which is an unplowed lot. The 140-year old tree markers, thus the trail's name, are evidence of the historic route. Expect to make numerous twists and turns with several steep inclines including one steep ascent that climbs 100 feet in less than 100 yards. The route follows the mound's contour lines but the course does wane on several stretches. Visible in the distance is the East Observation Tower, which does have a plowed lot. Both observation towers provide spectacular countryside views. Neither tower is maintained for winter use. Pit toilets are available near each tower.

Directions: From Mt. Horeb, WI, Take US 18 / 151 west for 3 miles. Turn right (north) onto County F. Follow signs to Blue Mound State Park. When you reach a "T" turn left (west) on County ID. Follow it almost a mile turning right (north) onto Mounds Road which carries you to park entrance. Take the park road 1 mile to West Observation Tower parking lot. (unplowed)

Elevation: 1,700 feet

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Distance: 1.3 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Blue Mound State Park, Wisconsin

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