The Ice Age Trail travels through the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Pike Lake Unit, which offers a spectacular viewpoint from a 60 foot tower atop the second highest point in SE Wisconsin-Powder Hill.
This complete and detailed guide covers the Pike Lake segment of the Ice Age Trail and all it's access points, trailheads, parking, connecting trails, communities, parks, preserves, and facilities.
The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000 years ago. Designated as a National Scenic Trail, the Ice Age trail follows the terminal moraine of the last glaciation throughout Wisconsin providing some of the world's best examples of glacial formations such as kettles, moraines, and drumlins.
Parking and water are not readily available near the endpoints, but the Pike Lake Unit Beach Area offer both at a convenient mid-point location for this segment.
The trail leaves the woods past a sign marking the trailhead for the Ice Age Trail:Pike Lake segment. Ice Age Trail:Pike Lake segment ends at CTH-E, but the Ice Age Trail continues on the south side of CTH-E on the Ice Age Trail:Holy Hill segment.
There is no parking available here. Parking is available 0.1 mile south on Glassgo Drive or about 1 miles north at the Pike Lake Unit Beach area.
An observation tower stands atop the 1,350ft Powder Hill. This conical shaped hill, called a kame, is the second highest point in SE Wisconsin. The first highest point in SE Wisconsin is Holy Hill, which is easily visible from the top of the 60 foot tower.
The southern terminus of the Slinger segment is at the intersection of STH-60 & CTH-CC. The trailhead is tucked into the wooded area on the northeast corner.
There is no parking available here. The closest parking here is the Pike Lake Unit Nature Trail trailhead 0.5 mile south on the trail. You can also park in Slinger at the Slinger Community Park 1.5 miles up the trail.