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Ice Age Trail:Cedar Lakes

Follow the Ice Age Trail through Wisconsin's second largest cluster of kames between CTH-NN and Cedar Creek Road.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.8 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  Follow the Ice Age Trail travels through Wisconsin's second largest cluster of kames, some standing 100ft above the trail. This is a... more »

Tips:  This scenic trail is very popular due to it's integrated loop trail as well as it's beauty.

This segment of the Ice Age Trail offers ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Cedar Lakes Trailhead Parking

The Ice Age Trail:Cedar Lakes segment begins off CTH-NN northeast of Slinger, WI at an improved off-road gravel parking lot with informational kiosk. Follow the gravel road leading south away from the parking lot to the signed trailhead where the gravel road meets the woods.


The trail continues north on the Ice Age Trail:West Bend segment 5.5... More

2. Cedar Lake North Trailhead

The Ice Age Trail:Cedar Lakes segment trailhead is marked with a sign at the intersection of the gravel road and woods, just south of the parking area.

Follow the trail into the woods where is soon crosses a small bridge.

3. Bench

A wooden bench offers a place to rest and take in the view.

4. Boardwalks

The Cedar Lakes segment is peppered with volunteer built trail improvements, including this series of boarwalks.

5. Kame Loop Trail North Junction

The trail intersects the Kame Loop trail (white) north junction.

The Ice Age trail goes around the left side of the kame to the south Kame Loop trail juction in 0.4 miles.

The Kame Loop trail (white) loops around the right side of the kame before rejoing the trail in 0.8 miles.

6. Kame view Bench

A bench perched on the side of a slope offers a great view of one of the Polk kames.

A faint trail ascends to a great view from the top of the kame.

7. Kame Loop Trail South Junction

The trail intersects the Kame Loop trail, which loops around the other side of the kame for 0.8 miles back to the Ice Age Trail leading back to the parking lot.

8. Cedar Lakes South Trailhead

The trail exits the woods just north of Cedar Creek Road.

The trail runs south next to the field to Cedar Creek Road.

9. Cedar Creek Road

The trail intersects Cedar Creek Road.

Follow Cedar Creek Road west 0.7 miles and over USH-41 to Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive. Yellow blazes adorn signposts along Cedar Creek Road.

There is no parking available on Cedar Creek Road. Park at Slinger Community Park, 1.5 miles further on the Ice Age Trail road connection.

10. Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive (STH-144)

The Ice Age Trail:Cedar Lakes segment ends at the intersection of Cedar Creek Road and Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive (STH-144). The trail continues south down Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive (STH-144) on the Ice Age Trail:Slinger segment.

Parking is available 0.7 south at the Slinger Community Park.

11. Polk Kame

This conical shaped hill, called a kame, rises 100ft. A faint trail, connecting to the Ice Age Trail at a bench, ascends to a great view from atop the kame.

12. Slinger Community Park

Slinger Community Park, on the Ice Age Trail, has bathrooms, water, a playground, ballfields, and ample parking.

The Ice Age Trail:Cedar Lakes segment is 1.5 miles away on Cedar Creek Road.

13. Ice Age Trail:West Bend

A small improved gravel lot off of Paradise Drive offers parking and the Ice Age Trail:West Bend segment's south trailhead.