Devil’s Lake State Park has a great many hiking trails, not just ones within view of the lake. One of our favorites is the Steinke Basin Loop (green outline). This trail is a mix of grassland and woods.
We visited there in early spring and fall and hiked the loop, beautiful in both seasons. It was an ancient glacial lake thousands of years ago. We began our hike off of Hwy DL, the view from the trail head showed us surrounded by hills with pretty fall trees all the way to the top!
Some friends joined us on the fall hike, they had never hiked here before and they were in awe of the beauty here. We heard a bird in the tree and were trying to find it.
Alongside the trail were many boulders, made of very hard material that wears down VERY slowly.
We approach my favorite part of the trail, what I call “The Enchanted Forest”.
And further in…I love the light here 🙂
We met some other hikers on the trail and they took our picture for us, thanks!
As we made our way back to the car, we enjoyed discussing all the interesting things we saw on the hike.
We had a great time, come and explore year ’round!