Thursday, November 3, 2016

Lapham Peak Fall Hike

Have you ever had one of those days when you're exhausted before the kids are?  We were having one of those days Tuesday, so I packed up the car and we drove to Lapham Peak.  This is a state forest which requires an annual state park sticker or a day pass ($8). It's open from 6 am-9 pm and is quite a popular destination for both hikers and joggers, who live locally.

Though all predictions said we were already at peak a week ago, I found there is still a lot of color. In fact, I checked my best Fall photos from previous years, and most were taken the first week of November. The forecast is for a gorgeous weekend, so hopefully there will still be a few leaves left for you to see.  If not, the trails are still great with a layer of leaves to crunch beneath your feet.

Lapham Peak has a 45 foot tower, allowing you to see the color above the Kettle Moraine. You have to drive through the entire park and follow the signs to find it. The steps are kind of open, so if you have a little one like I do, I'd watch them closely. There are also slots in the railings which could be dangerous without supervision.

A portion of the ice age trail goes through this area.  It was 73 degrees and sunny when we were there so my granddaughter just took off her shoes and laid down in the leaves, thinking this might be a good place for a nap. Many of the trails are loops and can be identified by colored posts, so it would be easy to find your way, even without a map, but get a brochure at the pay station if you've never been here before.  We found benches along the trails, but you have to bring your own drinks.  This is a great picnic spot.
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