Lodi – The area around Lake Wisconsin is home to some great hiking opportunities, and another can be added to the list – Gibraltar Rock. Recent improvements at Gibraltar Rock include a new section of Ice Age National Scenic Trail and a new parking lot.
The recent developments open up a hidden side of the Gibraltar Rock State Ice Age Trail Area, allowing access to the western portion of the popular destination. The new parking lot is off CTH V near the intersection of CTH V and CTH JV and provides access to the new Ice Age Trail.
The trail, built by Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteers in late October, takes hikers on a scenic jaunt to wide-ranging vistas of the Wisconsin River Valley, traveling past massive boulders and through a stately maple forest on its way to the top of Gibraltar Rock. The completed section is about three-quarters of a mile in length.
Hunting and trapping are allowed on the DNR-owned property from Nov. 15 – Dec. 15, with archery allowed through the late archery season. The property is also open for hunting and trapping in the spring, from April 1 through the Tuesday nearest May 3. Hunting and trapping are not allowed within 100 yards of the Ice Age Trail year-round. Visit dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/hunt for a hunting map of the property and more information.
The Ice Age Trail Alliance has plans for more work at Gibraltar Rock in 2014. Staff and volunteers will continue building Trail to total about 1.5 miles and will work with DNR staff to start rehabilitating bluff-top areas that have eroded.
The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit volunteer- and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age Trail. More information about the Alliance and the Ice Age Trail is available at www.iceagetrail.org.