Very quickly you will come upon a babbling brook and from then on will be following it all the way till the end of the trail.
You know you've officially arrived in Parfrey's Glen when you start seeing huge rock formations.
Here's where you need to be careful. In some spots the snow/ice is covering the water and you could be walking right on top of water and not even know it. It's not deep, but you sure don't want to break through the ice and get a soaking foot in the freezing cold.
You have to step on rocks to cross the river several times, and those rocks are slippery in winter. Be sure to wear footwear that grips well and bring walking sticks if you can. I put my walking sticks right in the water to stabilize myself as I stepped on the rocks.
It is only 0.8 miles to the end of the path that leads to Parfrey's Glen. From there you are not allowed to go any further, and frankly, it's kinda tough as you really have to rock scramble if you want to see the small waterfall.
At its uppermost part the glen reaches a depth of 100 feet. The walls are sandstone embedded with pebbles and boulders of granite.
Parfrey's Glen is Wisconsin's Number One snow shoe trail. I however would not recommend wearing snow shoes here because of all the rock scrambling. No one on the trail had snow shoes on, so how this trail earned that title I have no idea. However, it is a nice winter hike!
Sorry that I'm in most of the photos, but it was Valentine's Day weekend and I think hubby was a little enamored with me. I do think however that having a person inside the photos gives you perspective of the size of the glen walls.
This is as far as I went as the trail was sheer ice at this point and lots of rock scrambling. My poles were useless here as the spokes couldn't poke through the hard ice. Hubby went a little further to hunt for the waterfall, but he said it wasn't much to see as it was only a few feet high.
Even though it was a beautiful day, this was the only hike we took. I've been having issues with my leg and we didn't want to push it. I had hoped to start physical therapy this week, but now we have a winter storm coming so I may have to cancel. Bummer! I've been waiting weeks to see a physical therapist.
There's a large outlet mall in the Wisconsin Dells so after our hike we grabbed some lunch and did some shopping. Hubby was thrilled. JK! This picture was posed! I didn't buy much: just this cool new frying pan and a couple of Under Armor hiking tops. Oh, we did go downtown to get some fudge and that was incredible!
Have A Great Day! Amy
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