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Ice Age Trail:Lapham Peak

Follow the Ice Age Trail through prairies and woods from Cushing Park Drive to the UW-Waukesha Field Station.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 6.9 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000... more »

Tips:  Trail Signage:

Yellow blazes, small rectangles painted or hung on trees or post along the trail, are the official trail blaze of the ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Lapham Peak North Trailhead

The Lapham Peak segment of the Ice Age trail begins at the northwesternmost point of Lapham Peak State Park on CTH-C/North Cushing Park Road where the Ice Age Trail heads east across the prairie.

This segment connects to the Delafield segment to the North.

A small off road parking area is on the east side of North Cushing Park rd. The next... More

2. Tim's Woods

A small group of oaks standing over a prarie of wildflowers in marked by a sign.

3. Nemahbin Springs Spur Trail

A 0.25 mile spur trail leads down to Nemahbin Springs-a natural spring.

4. Boardwalk

A short boarwalk leads over some wetlands.

5. CTH-C/Kettle Moraine Drive

The Ice Age Trail crosses CTH-C/Kettle Moraine Drive.

6. Evergreen Shelter Spur Trail

A short spur trail leads to the Evergreen Shelter, restrooms, water, and parking.

7. Backpack Campsite Spur Trail

A short spur trail leads to a reservable backpack campsite. The campsite has a firepit, picnic table, and pit toliet.

The backpack campsite is reservable by calling 262-646-3025.

8. Boy's School Road

The Ice Age Trail crosses Boy's School Road.

9. STH-18

The trail crosses STH-18. A sign on the north side of STH-18 marks the trail access for the Lapham Peak segment. A gravel trail on the south side of STH-18 leads to the Glacial Drumlin Trail.

There is a small off-road area for parking.

10. Glacial Drumlin Trail

The Ice Area trail meets the Glacial Drumlin Trail and follows it for 2 miles to the UW-Waukesha Field Station.

The Glacial Drumlin Trail is a 52 mile long rail-trail between Waukesha and Cottage Grove.

11. UW-Waukesha Field Station Trailhead

The Ice Age Trail Lapham Peak segment terminates at the UW-Waukesha Field Station where the trail heads south into the woods.

Parking is available at the UW-Waukesha Field Station.

Lapham Peak State Park's signiture feature is the 1,223 foot kame known as Lapham Peak. A 45-foot observation tower crowns Lapham Peak.

Many trails surround Lapham Peak.

13. Evergreen Shelter Parking

The Evergreen Shelter area has restrooms, water, and parking. A short trail provides access to the Ice Age Trail.

A parking lot atop Lapham Peak offers parking, restrooms, water, and an informational kiosk.

15. Cushing Memorial Park

Cushing Memorial Park has water, restrooms, parking, a playground, and access to Wisconsin's Veteran's Memorial Riverwalk.

A 45-foot observation tower sits atop the kame at 1,223 feet above sea level, the hightest point in Waukesha County.

17. UW-Waukesha Field Station Entrance

Access road on Waterville Road leads to the UW-Waukesha Field Station.

The UW-Waukesha Field Station was born when Gertrude Sherman donated here 92-acre farm to UW-Waukesha in 1967. The UW-Waukesha is restoring the acreage to communities of plants and animals native to Wisconsin.

Parking is available with access to the Ice Age Trail.

18. Ice Age Trail Parking

Small grass parking area with access to the Ice Age Trail via a grassy footpath.