After a string of programs in the Chicago Area, we headed north for a couple of days off in Wisconsin. We camped and climbed at Devils Lake State Park in Baraboo, WI. This State Park is pretty amazing. There are lots of Sandstone cliffs, a beautiful lake, miles of hike-able trail, and of course lots of great camp spots. Many Rangers said, we hit the park at the right time, because once the weekend comes people from Illinois and Wisconsin flood the park for all sorts of recreation. Since there are so many visitors to the Park Leave No Trace is very important, we had a local Raccoon visit us several times at the crag, who was not shy and used to getting food from visitors. We were probably the exception of climbers he had met in the park, since he didn't get any snacks from us! Sorry buddy!
After two days of exploring the East Bluff, the West Bluff, Balanced Rock, and Cleopatras Needle, its hard to say which spot was our favorite especially since there is so much more to explore. Last year we had the great fortune of Working with the Ice Age Trails Association (a partner of Leave No Trace), and hiked some of it last year, and some of it this year since the trail goes through the park. If you are passing through the area you should check out the park, because there is something for everyone. We hope to be back in the area, and hope our Friend Benny from Chicago had a good time getting out of the city and hitting the Rocks to climb!
Happy Trails, Alexis & Topher