Minneapolis: Ice Age Circle

Go 4.8 miles past the scuff marks and rocky scraps of an ancient glacier that left its long-lasting signature in western Wisconsin.
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Go 4.8 miles past the scuff marks and rocky scraps of an ancient glacier that left its long-lasting signature in western Wisconsin.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.8

Waypoints

IAC001

Location: 45.2237892150879, -91.4138565063476

Head N; after 60 ft., take a sharp L, following Circle Trail

IAC002

Location: 45.2255706787109, -91.4165725708008

Take L @ Y into a rolling landscape sculpted 12,000 years ago by the Chippewa Lobe

IAC003

Location: 45.2261009216309, -91.4186706542969

Skirt N end of beaver pond and veer R. Optional: Go L for campsite near shore of N. Shattuck Lake (permit required)

IAC004

Location: 45.2259483337402, -91.4246826171875

Cross footbridge between two lakes, then go L @ 3-way, staying on Circle Trail; look across small lake on R for the heron rookery, a colony of stick nests high in the trees

IAC005

Location: 45.2205009460449, -91.4275436401367

Pass through parking area and cross County Road M

IAC006

Location: 45.2128105163574, -91.4198303222656

Land dotted with conical hills and hummocks near shore of S. Shattuck Lake

IAC007

Location: 45.2173004150391, -91.4057235717774

Cross bridge between two glacial ponds

IAC008

Location: 45.2181816101074, -91.4022827148438

L @ 3-way to follow Circle Trail

IAC009

Location: 45.2222595214844, -91.4029006958008

Cross County M and go L @ Y on Circle Trail; spur trail on R leads to primitive campsite near unnamed lake

IAC010

Location: 45.2227096557617, -91.4041595458984

R @ Y on Circle Trail. These lakes were formed when ice buried in glacial deposits melted and left depressions (kettles)

IAC011

Location: 45.2262001037598, -91.4103775024414

Traverse footbridge near glacial mounds rising to the N

IAC012

Location: 45.226131439209, -91.4118728637695

Cross bridge and turn L @ 3-way; follow Circle and Mammoth Nature Trail .2 mi. back to car