Trail Report – November, The Quiet Season.

Trail Report – November, The Quiet Season.

If you’re still getting out hiking this time of year, good for you!!  Well, we’ve entered the quiet season at Devil’s Lake State Park. We’re past peak color season and deer gun season is just a couple of weeks away. This is the time of year when the trails are pretty empty, well, unless we have more 70 degree days!

Colors

We like to say that fall colors are done this time of year, but really they’ve just moved from the treetops to the forest floor. Hikers on the top of the east bluff and out on the Steinke Basin/Upland trail areas will still see lots of reds and yellows along with some bright neon greens and oranges filling in under the now mostly barren trees. The raspberries are putting out some showy reds and oranges right now!

November colors on the East Bluff

November colors on the East Bluff

Hiking & Hunting

This time of the year hikers and mountain bikers have to be aware of the hunting seasons within Wisconsin state parks. Archery season runs through Jan 3rd. Gun Deer season runs from Nov. 21st to Nov 29th. While there are restrictions around most hiking trails and public areas within Devil’s Lake State Park, they sometimes seem taken as suggestions more than rules. Personally, I’d suggest staying to the East & West Bluff trails near the lake during hunting season. Sections of park trails further from the lake itself, including the Uplands bike trail and the Steinke Basin loop (popular with dog walkers), pass through areas with NO hunting restrictions what-so-ever. Cyclists, hikers (and their pets) would be well advised to wear blaze orange or avoid the trails in this area altogether until after the hunting season(s). Click here for a map of open hunting areas within Devil’s Lake State Park.

I think that’s all I’ve got for today!  It looks like it will be a cool, but sunny weekend so get outside, have fun and be safe!

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