2017 Adventure Series Guided Hikes

2017 Adventure Series Guided Hikes

New For 2017! Guided Adventure hikes! The DevilsLakeWisconsin.com 2017 Adventure Series gives you an opportunity to go “off-trail” to see Devil’s Lake State Park’s secret places and special vistas.

2017 is DevilsLakeWisconsin.com’s 21st birthday! To celebrate I’ve offered to lead a special set of guided hikes to the secret places within the park that I love best! What’s more, participation is free. (That’s IF you can get in!)

These half day/full day, hikes will be informal but can be physically demanding and are intended for people in good physical condition who are comfortable in the “back country”. To keep the hikes enjoyable, participation will be limited to 6 participants per hike (Must by 15 yrs old or above).

The Hikes…

Grigol Gulch – Sunday, February 26 [UPDATE: FULL.]

Black Bear Falls & Pine Hollow (2.5mi) – Sunday, April 30th, 2017*

Located in the south-east corner of Devil’s Lake State Park, this “lost world” requires visitors to be comfortable with everything from steep climbs, to ticks & rock-hop stream crossings. The reward for your effort is an amazing 20ft ephemeral waterfall & rushing mountain stream within a deep secluded gorge.

South Bluff

South Bluff Overlook (4.8mi) – Sunday, May 21st, 2017*

This all day hike will take a minimum of 6 hours to complete. Pack a lunch! We’ll wind our way up the south bluff using a fairly level network of deer trails, then take our own path out to overlook the park near a natural castle of quartzite on the wild south bluff.  After a lunch break, we’ll continue our trek along a bluff-top glacial moraine and follow a cascade of falls back down into the park’s south-eastern prairie before hiking back to our cars.  You will be amazed.. and you will be tired at the end of the day!  

Sauk Prairie Rec Area

Trek Across The Badger Prairie (6mi) – Sunday, July 23rd, 2017*

You’ve heard about our new recreation area on the southern border of Devil’s Lake? Now see it for yourself, by foot!  We’ll start our morning on the southern border of the new Sauk Prairie Recreation Area and cross the landscape to the bluffs in the far distance. (This is an all day hike.) Along the way we’ll see relics of the former Badger Ammunition Plant & the remains of farms and homesteads where folks once made their livings. Oh, and if you’re a birder, this one should call out to you!

Hidden Village

The Hidden Village (2 mi) – Sunday, Aug 6th, 2017*

A thriving village once stood at the foot of Devil’s Lake State Park’s East Bluff. The village housed quarry workers and their families.  We’ll explore this old village seeing old foundations of their homes, and relics of their lives now scattered among the tall trees.  We’ll also explore the former loading docks now crumbling back into the earth before climbing our way back out of the valley and hiking back to our cars…

South Bluff

Fall Color South Bluff Overlook  (4.8mi) – Sunday, October 8th, 2017*

This all day hike will take a minimum of 6 hours to complete. Pack a lunch! We’ll wind our way up the south bluff near peak fall colors (We hope!!) using a fairly level network of deer trails, then taking our own path out to overlook the park near a natural castle of quartzite on the wild south bluff.  If the weather cooperates we’re in for a beautiful view!!!! Then we’ll continue our trek along a bluff-top glacial moraine and follow a cascade of falls back down into the park’s south-eastern prairie before hiking back to our cars.  You will be amazed.. and you will be exhausted at the end of the day! 

Registration for the hikes will open April 3rd by email.
I will take the first 6 and keep an alternate list for cancellations.

To Register or Ask Questions
Contact Derrick Mayoleth, Skillet Creek Media
derrick@SkilletCreekMedia.com

I’ve always said that it’s not only our big adventures, but our backyard adventures as well, that keep life fresh and amazing. So let me warn you now, once you start exploring it’s hard to stop! Starting with backyard adventures just like these, I found myself driven to see more of our amazing world. Attracted to the ocean, I’ve kayaked coastlines from the Great Lakes to Great Britain & Israel. A few years back I even spent a month paddling all the way around Puerto Rico! Meanwhile, on dry land, my wife and I are always chasing adventures big and small, from exploring our state and national parks to walking through the highlands of Scotland. Adventure is additive!

During the 21 years since I founded DevilsLakeWisconsin.com and in years before, I’ve probably covered as much of Devil’s Lake State Park as anyone. I’m looking forward to sharing my love of the park and love of exploring and discovery, not to mention a few tips, stories, access routes and more with you!

Notes:

  1. Dates are probable, but subject to change before the April registration date.
  2. Registration starts in April because summer is a while off and folks often need time to see if they can attend.
  3. All hikes are limited to 6 participants (15 yrs old or above). This is simply to maintain a safe guide ratio, and reduce impact on the land.
  4. During these physically demanding hikes, participants will be expected to wear the proper gear for these hikes including hiking boots & long pants. Hikers should be prepared for varied conditions depending on the hike including/but not limited to; rough ground, changing weather conditions, steep banks, rocks, mud, thorny brush, insects including mosquitoes, bees & ticks, snakes and other wildlife. Hikers should bring an ample supply of water, and snacks. For all day hikes, there will be a lunch stop. Pack a hearty meal!!  We will leave no trace, carry in, carry out.
  5. A list of suggested supplies & other important information will be given to registered participants at registration.
  6. Hikes could be cancelled or cut short due to unforeseen issues such as particularly nasty weather.
  7. These hikes are in no way affiliated with Devil’s Lake State Park or the Wisconsin DNR.
  8. Although these hikes are free, all participants will be required to sign a liability waiver.

**This post/event information has been revised as of Jan 20th, 2017 to make clear that these hikes are in no way affiliated with Devil’s Lake State Park or the Wisconsin DNR but are a fun activity for us regular folks. 🙂

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4 comments

  1. John

    Hi Derrick,

    I plan to attend your hidden village hike. I see remains of old buildings and sometimes roads at various places around the Park and would love to learn more about the history of settlements in the area. Do you know of a book that documents the history of the area before it became a state park?


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    derrick

    Hey John, The best books would be by retired park naturalist Ken Lange. A Lake Where Spirits Live & A County Called Sauk.

    I see a couple copies of A Lake Where Spirits Live on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Lake-Where-Spirits-Live/dp/B001FOLX1A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484742973&sr=1-1&keywords=Lake+where+spirits+live

    You can get the A County Called Sauk at https://www.amazon.com/county-called-Sauk-history-Wisconsin/dp/B007F5ORD4
    These books are sometimes available through the Sauk County Historical Society.

    Make sure to sign up right away on April 3rd for the hike. I hear there has been a lot of folks inquiring.. 🙂

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