Trail Area

Kettle Moraine State Forest - Lapham Peak Unit

About This Area

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The Kettle Moraine and Lapham Peak were formed 10,000 years ago when a glacier covered much of Wisconsin. Lapham Peak’s glaciated topography provides excellent hiking, backpacking and cross-country skiing on lighted trails. Climb a 45-foot observation tower atop the highest point in Waukesha County (1,233 feet above sea level).

This section of the Kettle Moraine State Forest offers hiking, biking, one backpacking campsite, picnic areas, horseback riding, a nature center and several miles of cross country skiing trails in the winter months.

Some of the highlights of the park are the observation tower, section of the Ice Age National Scenic trail and the beautiful butterfly garden along the Kame Terrace Trail.

Park Map can be viewed at:

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/lapham/pdfs/laphammap.pdf

Area Features

Rangers Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Trash Disposal No
Fee $8.00
Fee Notes

Fees are $8.00 daily for Wisconsin residents, and $11.00 for out of state residents. You may also use a Wisconsin State Park admission sticker, $28.00 annually for Wisconsin Residents and $38.00 annually for out of state residents.

Trail Area Highlights

Delafield is located in the heart of Kettle Moraine, a geographic area formed by glaciers, and is just 30 minutes west of Milwaukee and 60 minutes east of Madison. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike, bike and cross-country ski in the Kettle Moraine State Forest and use other inter-connected trails by boot or by bike on paved trails that place Delafield in the center. You can enjoy fishing, boating, swimming and camping on Lake Nagawicka in Naga-Waukee County Park or enjoy more than 30 other nearby lakes. For more information on Delafield, please visit: https://www.visitdelafield.org/

Trail Contributor

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Hello, I’m Abby, one of the Branch Ambassadors for the Madison, WI Hike it Baby branch. I’m a mom to 3 kiddos ranging from baby to school aged. I’m from Cincinnati, Ohio and have lived in several states over the past few years including Indiana, Ohio, Florida and now Wisconsin! We’ve lived here since May 2017 and have absolutely fallen in love with the area and LOVE to explore all the outdoor areas around us. Hike it Baby quickly became part of our lives and has built an amazing community for our family. Looking forward to continue helping families explore and love the outdoors one hike at a time! Can’t wait to see you out on a hike!

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