Volunteers Reroute Balanced Rock Trail

Volunteers Reroute Balanced Rock Trail

Thanks to volunteers from the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the American Alpine Club and Wisconsin Climbers Association, a particularly sketchy section of Balanced Rock trail has a fancy new reroute.

Last weekend during the Craggin Classic rock climbing event, volunteers braved the wet weather to carry gravel and asphalt up the nearly vertical trail to rebuild and re-route the trouble spot. This area, known as the “Balanced Rock Wall”, has been notorious for traffic jams between climbers and hikers during the busy summer season and for all intents-and-purposes, most of the original trail had long ago crumbled away. The new re-route should create some breathing room.

Walk the new section!

Thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who worked on this project. As Doug Hemken, vice president of the Friends of Devil’s Lake State Park Board of Directors, told the Baraboo News Republic, “These days, this kind of work doesn’t get done without groups like the Ice Age Trail Alliance and volunteers.”

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Next Volunteer Opportunities

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THIS Sunday, October 22nd, volunteers from the UW Wisconsin will be coming to the park to do a variety of projects. I will be working with volunteers to do a fall clean up at Parfrey’s Glen.  Anyone who’d like to come out and help clear brush, block social trails and generally spruce up Parfrey’s Glen is invited! Just meet us at the Devil’s Lake State Park Visitor Center Sunday morning at 10 am. We’ll get organized, then head over to Parfrey’s.  We’ll work until about 1 pm.  If you have any questions about these or other volunteer opportunities just contact the Park Naturalist at:

Phone: (608)356-8301 ext. 140
SusanA.Johansen@wisconsin.gov

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