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Ice Age Trail boasts Wisconsin's only one-mile downhill cross-country ski run.

The last continental glacier created the spellbinding beauty seen along Ice Age Trail. The spectacular scenery attracts tourists, particularly geologists, from around the globe. Much of the trail is rolling and hilly with several steep climbs. The loop trail begins from the north end beach area heading clockwise. From the trailhead, an immediate climb of 260 feet is gained along the occasionally groomed two-way trail. The ascent is through a gorgeous hardwood and pine forest unfolding to memorable viewscapes. Once the bluff is reached, the trail meanders easily for about half a mile. Hikers may wish to explore the side trails that lead to such destinations as Devils Doorway, Modly Buttress and Hawk's Nest. These trails are not suitable for cross-county skiing. A yellow caution sign warns of the impending downhill drop of approximately 100 feet in 500 feet of distance. This very rugged run is recommended only for advanced skiers during ideal conditions at best. No user fee.

Directions: From Barbaboo, WI, Travel I-90 / 94 to exit 92, Baraboo / Wisconsin Dells. Take US 12 about 9 miles. Turn left (east) on Hwy. 159. Proceed 1.5 miles. Turn right (south) on Hwy. 123 and proceed 0.5 mile. Cross County DL and proceed on park road. Park in the lower parking lot beyond the park headquarters. (Plowed in winter.)

Elevation: 1,300 feet

Elevation Gain: 260 feet

Distance: 0.4 miles

Difficulty: Strenuous

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Devil's Lake State Park, Wisconsin

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