Hidden Lakes Trail

Eagle River, WI Trail
Hidden Lakes Trail

15.8 Miles of Trail

$5/Day or $30/Year

Pets Allowed on a Leash


Mountain Biking

Possible Overnight Trip

Wisconsin Explorer Blog Write-up

The Hidden Lakes Trail is an amazing hike for someone looking for a nice weekend backpacking trip. While the 15.8 mile loop can be done in one very long day, it is better enjoyed spaced out over two or even three days. The trailhead starts at the spot as the Franklin Nature Trail and follows it for a short distance before splitting off to start the much longer loop.

With views of up to 10 lakes, there is no doubt as to where the Hidden Lakes Trail gets its name. From the large Butternut and Franklin lakes to the smaller Two Dutchman or Pat Shay lakes, you will be treated to a complete Northwoods experience on this hike. The headwaters of the Pine River (a state designated wild and scenic river) can be found along the route. You will also find incredible old hemlock tree stands in spots on your hike.

There are dispersed camping opportunities along the trail at some of the smaller lakes. You can also choose to camp at one of the larger campgrounds, Franklin Lake Campground or Luna-White Deer Campground.

Make sure to pick up a trail map at the Eagle River office or at the trailhead before starting this trail. White diamond-shaped reassurance markers are located on trees to designate the Hidden Lakes Trail. However there are other trails and old roads that are incorporated into the loop so a map is a definite necessity.

This loop can also be enjoyed on your mountain bike. It is rated as an intermediate ride and can be completed in one day by an experience mountain biker. The Trailforks map is linked below.

There are toilets provided at the Franklin Nature trailhead as well as at Luna-White Deer Campground. Pets are allowed to accompany you as long as they are kept on a leash. There is a $5 day use fee or you can purchase the $30 annual fee for access to National Forests.

Please use the following resources to enjoy your visit at the Hidden Lakes Trail.

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