Devil’s Lake

One of my favorite things to do in the summer time is to go on a hike. While I was in Wisconsin I visited Devil’s Lake and went on the famous hike up to Devil’s Doorway. There is a parking fee per vehicle so make sure to bring cash with you. The resident rate is $8.00 and for non-residents it’s $11.00. I recommend bringing a backpack with plenty of water and snacks. I wish I would have brought bug repellent because the mosquitos were vicious. I had over twenty mosquito bites on me after the hike.
The nice thing about this hike is that it’s shaded by all the trees so we didn’t have to worry about being hit by direct sunlight. I love going on hikes, but I hate bugs! We saw these huge centipedes and spiders and I let out several screams along the way. I don’t know why I am afraid of something so small and harmless. Anyone else have the issue of having a love-hate relationship with nature? If we could just get rid of the bugs that would be great.
The hike had a pretty significant incline and some parts left me out of breath. I definitely felt the hike the next morning when I woke up, as my legs were very sore. We had a map we tried to follow, but we are both really bad at reading maps so we ended up following the signs along the trail. When you get to the top the views are out of this world. There are eagles soaring above you and you have a beautiful view of the entire lake. We stopped for some pictures and then we were off to find the devil’s doorway.
Once we arrived at the doorway we wanted to climb inside of course. The only way to do that is to squeeze through this narrow opening.  It was easier said than done, but we ended up doing it. It is much easier if you have a partner to hoist you up and help you back down. There were people there free climbing up the rocks. I was anxious just watching them, I could never imagine doing that. We also saw this guy hiking barefooted! I cringed when I saw this. Why do people do crazy things!? Please wear comfortable sneakers on this hike.
On our way back down we saw this giant rock that was supposed to look like an elephant, but neither one of us though that it resemble an elephant. It looked more like a bison in my opinion. The hike back down was much easier. When we finally reached the car I was so exhausted and sweaty. We had both worked up quite the appetite so we took our sweaty selves to a restaurant and had some dinner and called it a night. If you are looking for a great hike in the Wisconsin area, I highly recommend this one.
Thank you for reading
~Tanja~

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