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Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter Hike
November 23, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Come check out the late fall views of the forest unit and surrounding countryside in the “no hunting” safety of Pike Lake. We will hike 4.6 miles roundtrip as we explore the various trails that loop throughout the forest unit. Options are available for shorter or longer walks as well.
From the DNR’s parking lot on Powder Hill Road, we will hike down to the beach picnic area then back to the parking lot with a side trip up to the top of the Powder Hill lookout tower. This hike is rated “moderate” due to hills and its distance. Be sure to wear hiking boots and bring along water and a camera if you have one!
Meet at the Powder Hill Road parking lot on the east side of Powder Hill Road, about 1 mile south of Hwy 60 and just north of the campground. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required. Watch for the yellow and black Ice Age Trail Event signs.
Most of the Ice Age Trail in the Kettle Moraine State Forest’s Pike Lake Unit follows the edge of a glacial ridge through heavily forested maple and beach woods. Be sure to check out the Powder Hill spur trail that climbs 0.2 miles to the top of 1,350-foot Powder Hill, one of the larger kames in the area. A lookout tower on top offers spectacular 360-degree views. Pike Lake is a spring-fed kettle with a very popular sandy beach swimming area. The 446-acre Pike Lake Unit offers water, restrooms, picnic areas, camping, and numerous hiking, nature, bike and cross-country ski trails. (source: IATA Companion Guide)