December Falls

Devil's Lake State Park - December Falls

Ironically the terrible rainy weather created perfect conditions to visit an ephemeral waterfall called December Falls (sometimes referred to as Roznos Falls). I visited on both Saturday & Sunday and as you can see 1 inch of rain makes a big difference. To find the falls, hike north on the Ice Age Trail / East … Read more

East Bluff Falls

Devil's Lake State Park - East Bluff Falls

Weather forecasts today were calling for 100% guaranteed rain all day with accumulation around 1″ so naturally I thought it would be perfect to explore Devil’s Lake State Park in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Turns out this was a great strategy as the usual massive summertime crowds were nowhere to be found. Hiking conditions were less than … Read more

Duncan Creek Rapids

Duncan Creek Rapids - Upstream view from bridge at Columbia Street

Another quick stop in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin at Duncan Creek Rapids. This one is very easy to access right from the bridge on Columbia Street just off WI-124.  The downstream views aren’t very exciting but there are smaller riffles for quite some distance. Upstream of the bridge is the real feature – several substantial rapids … Read more

Tyler Forks Dells [Failed]

Tyler Forks Dells Falls [Failed]

Attempted Tyler Forks Dells Falls but failed with a capital F.  I did reach the parking area at the end of Moore Park Road but from there it kind of sputtered out.  Bushwhacking looked like one heck of a chore in July’s dense brush.  Temps were still around 90°F today and none of this looked … Read more

Eighteenfoot Falls

Eighteen Foot Falls - View from the top

More falls in Marinette County but sadly this shortened due to rain.  Quick stop at Eighteen Foot Falls in Dunbar, Wisconsin.  Trail is only 300 yards but does include some short challenging rock sections. Second signpost at trail head warns of DANGEROUS OVERLOOK so naturally this one must be good. View at the top of … Read more

Twelve Foot & Eight Foot Falls

Twelve Foot Falls - View from a distance

If you are a fan of waterfalls definitely don’t skip over Marinette County.  So many amazing places to see up here.  This stop was a 2-for-1 at Twelve Foot Falls County Park in Dunbar, Wisconsin. Twelve Foot Falls Just steps from the parking lot at the first park bench you can see Twelve Foot Falls … Read more

Freeman Falls / Alexian Brothers Novitiate

Freeman Falls - View at middle of falls

Awoke this morning to some questionable weather – lots of thunderstorms in the area but very scattered in nature.  Packed up camp & headed out to my first stop at Freeman Falls. WARNING: PRIVATE PROPERTY I originally stopped here the day before (6/29) and found this was private property.  Notice the sunshine from these first … Read more

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Guadalupe Mountains National Park - Covered in Clouds

Against my best efforts today was a bit of a bust.  Yesterday I got caught in a speed trap in Carlsbad which requires a mandatory court appearance (seriously?!).  Delayed my morning and ruined any chance of a decent hike.  I’m not a fan of this town and don’t plan to return.  Back on the road … Read more

Sitting Bull Falls

Sitting Bull Falls - Main Falls

Climbed out from Carlsbad Caverns with enough daylight left for long-shot destinations.  Where am I headed next?  Upwards into the mountains a bit in search of places less traveled.  Clouds were getting moody and threatening rain – not much fell, but the backdrop they provided was fantastic. Sitting Bull Falls If you follow this blog, … Read more

Mays Ledges

Mays Ledges - Thunderstorms headed my way

Thunderstorms moved in quickly as I headed towards Mays Ledges, a series of rapids/waterfalls on the Bois Brule River. Thankfully the rain delay only lasted about 10 minutes before it was back to hiking.  The trail nearest the parking lot is composed mostly of gravel and is very well groomed. A large wooden staircase descends … Read more