Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Photo album of Glen Hills County Park trail

A pleasant walk through the woods alongside a pretty lake awaits day hikers at Glen Hills County Park in western Wisconsin.

The park in St. Croix County offers a plethora of trails amid 700 acres of maple, birch and oak hardwoods. To reach the park, from U.S. Hwy. 12 west of Wilson, Wis., take Wis. Hwy. 128 north. Turn right/east onto Day Use Road then go right/south onto Picnic Point Lane, which dead ends at a parking lot atop a vista.

The 0.4-mile round trip Glen Lake West Trail (so christened here for convenience’s sake) begins at the north end of the vista overlooking a swimming beach (below).

Glen Lake is visible from the trail for the first 0.1 miles (below).

Most of the narrow trail heads through a mixed hardwood forest with a number of red pines (below).

The trail’s middle 0.2-miles veers away from the lake (below). Turn back at the 0.2-mile mark when the walking path reaches a mowed trail.

Upon returning to the lot, traipse down a small hill to the swimming beach (below), especially if you have children. Don’t forget the sand buckets and shovels!

Here's a map of the trail and its location in the county park:

Another popular trail at the park is the Glen Lake East Trail.

Learn more about nearby day hiking trails in my Day Hiking Trails of St. Croix County guidebook.