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Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit

From You6138.12 Mi
Local Tips
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2013-10-19
Created Bymattjac
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
  • Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Drinking Water
  • Hills
  • Loop
  • Out And Back
  • Good For Workouts
  • Single-Track
  • Technical
  • Family Friendly
  • Fee
Street Crossings
  • None
  • A Few
Max Distance7-10
Volume of Use
  • Low
  • Steady
DescriptionThe Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak's glaciated topography provides excellent running, hiking, backpacking, and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).

In addition to some easier novice trails, there are two great running trails:
(1) Ice Age Trail segment -- 7 mile out-and-back to Hwy 18. Lots of elevation, technical single track trails and a couple stretches of prairie.
(2) Lapham Black/Blue loop (cross-country skiing trail in the winter) -- 6 mile loop with varying degrees of intermediate/hard difficulty depending on whether you stay on Blue or Black. Both end up back at the same place.

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