Milwaukee: Nordic Green Loop

Explore the hilly side of southeast Wisconsin on this 4.4-mile loop through the pines and hardwoods of Kettle Moraine State Forest.
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Explore the hilly side of southeast Wisconsin on this 4.4-mile loop through the pines and hardwoods of Kettle Moraine State Forest.

Mapped by Jason Geye

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.0

Waypoints

NGL001

Location: 42.8215789794922, -88.6003570556641

From trailhead, head N past picnic tables into woods. Bonus: Unlike other multi-use trails in the park, this trail is closed to mountain bikers

NGL002

Location: 42.8275299072266, -88.5954437255859

Bear R, staying on green loop. The next 3.5 mi. offers a mix of native prairie, rolling hills, and healthy woodlands

NGL003

Location: 42.831169128418, -88.5942687988281

Turn R

NGL004

Location: 42.8317718505859, -88.5907363891602

Bear R, swinging S over undulating course carved by the last glacier more than 10,000 years ago

NGL005

Location: 42.8278388977051, -88.5932464599609

Turn L. Skiers: This trail and neighboring trails are groomed for XC in winter

NGL006

Location: 42.8268203735352, -88.5888595581055

Straight @ 4-way

NGL007

Location: 42.8270301818848, -88.5815811157226

Turn R

NGL008

Location: 42.8261299133301, -88.5802536010742

Bear R. Ahead is a high point overlooking small lake (views are best in fall when the forest bursts in red, brown, and yellow)

NGL009

Location: 42.8180809020996, -88.5900573730469

Bear R; trail unfolds N through several kettles and moraines, formations carved by glacial lobes that collided, then receded

NGL010

Location: 42.8205184936523, -88.5907669067383

Turn L

NGL011

Location: 42.8218002319336, -88.5914306640625

Turn L

NGL012

Location: 42.8210105895996, -88.5967864990234

Turn R and hike .2 mi. W back to trailhead