Tag Archive | Ableman’s Gorge

Spring Day Trip to Devil’s Lake State Park


April 30, 2013

This was our first trip up to Devil’s Lake this year. The temperature was a nice warm 84 degrees after a rainy start in the early morning.  We needed lots of energy for hiking so first, we stopped at the Iron Skillet restaurant at the Petrol Stopping Center in Portage. In the entrance they have a cute bear that they dress up for the holidays. He is currently celebrating Cinco de Mayo.

Iron Skillet 2Bear 2

Iron Skillet 3

After enjoying their breakfast buffet and getting very full, we arrived at Devil’s Lake.

Devils Lake sign

Our hike began at the East Bluff trailhead, a beautiful butterfly sent us off.

butterfly

After a steep climb up, we were treated to a breathtaking view of Lake Wisconsin and the woods below.

high view

Lake WI view

forest below

Do you notice the rippled rock?  That was once an ocean bottom that was here long before.  We saw this too at Ableman’s Gorge in Rock Springs.  As a recap, here is Ableman’s rockface.

100_2402

A few people were up there hiking, we got our picture taken by a friendly hiker. After that, we headed back to ground level on the CCC Trail.  The trail is only .3 miles, but it’s all up/down on stone steps. My legs sore for two days after that 🙂   Beginning our descent, Al stood under a rock face. He is 6’3″ so this gives you an idea of the scale.   Just ahead were rock climbers.

Al and Laurie 500Rock face Al

climbersclimber

This view was taken standing while standing on one of the rocks as we headed down.

looking down

We made it down!  Now we head west on the Grottos trail towards the lake. We look up to where we were. We are going through the Oak Forest.

looking upOak Forest sign

Soon we caught sight of the South Shore, then we walked north along the railroad track to head back to the car. Directly across from us are cabins, only 3 three remain. Hearesay is the owners signed 100 year leases to continue living there.

South beachCabins 2Rounding the bend, we catch sight of the lodge and shelter.

Almost back

I catch sight of Scaup ducks swimming in the choppy water.

Scaup ducks 2

We had a great hike, but long.  Total distance 4.6 miles over 4 hours.  Be sure to bring a snack and wear Camelbaks for adequate water.  A great day for a hike!

Jurassic Rock Springs


On October 29, 2012 we took a trip to Rock Springs to see Ableman’s Gorge, a unique  geological rock face that is the remnant of an ocean bottom that used to be there millions of years ago. The area also has artifacts from it’s former mining era.

100_2512100_2274

We start along the path..

100_2336

100_2350

100_2389

Here is the rippled rock, former bottom of the sea that WAS there.

100_2402

Artifacts from long ago..

100_2356100_2489

Inside

Inside

Not only that, there is a continuously running spigot with water tapped from the spring, no charge for the water.

Spring Water For Free!

Spring Water For Free!

More interesting information about Rock Springs.

100_2245

100_2248 100_2249

We had a great time here exploring.