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RUN TRAIL PROFILE: Indianhead Trail - St. Croix Falls, WI

The trailhead of the Indianhead hiking/running trail, located in the Lion's Park, just north of St. Croix Falls on Hwy 87.

For trail runners or hikers who enjoy getting off of the beaten path, the St. Croix River Valley is a treasure trove filled with many off road running options.  

The Indianhead Trail, a spur of the Ice Age State Trail is one of these gems!  Ideal for a short out and back run/hike, or for a longer run, cross the highway and run the fantastic trails in the Wert Nature Preserve.

Following are the basic things you'll need to know about the Indianhead trail, with details and images following:
Location:  Park at the St. Croix Falls Lions's Park, just north of St. Croix Falls, WI on Hwy 87.  Click HERE for the Google Map.

Trail Distance:  1.75 miles each way - out and back, with an additional 6 miles across the street at the Wert Nature Preserve, as well as other Ice Age Trail spurs near by.

Terrain and Footing:  There is a huge variety of terrain and trail surfaces here - ranging from flat to very steep, from jagged rocks to muddy sections.

The beginning section of the Indianhead trail is a crushed traprock surface - a nice warm up for the singletrack to come!

The Indianhead Trail starts out going north from the Lions park as a single track trail, but then changes into a nice 3 foot or so wide crushed traprock trail for about 3/4 mile.  At that point, you will come to a great little campsite (hike in or canoe in only).  Go through the campsite and the trail continues to go north along the river, but as a rougher single track trail.  

One of the several stream crossings on the Indianhead trail, north of the campsite.

This steep and abrupt rocky ridge towers above the river and surrounding lowlands and streams that flow into the river.  It is a definite highlight of the Indianhead Trail!

Shortly after the campsite, you will encounter a number of neat stream crossings (all of which are easily crossable thanks to large strategically placed rocks), a high rocky ridge, and a lowlands area that can be wet sometimes.  After about 1.75 miles of this amazing trail, you'll come to the River Road.  Most people just turn around and go back to the Lion's Park at this point and then run the above mentioned Wert Trails across the street from the park - although you can run north along the river road for a while and hook up with another spur of the Ice Age Trail. 

After 1.75 mile of trail running bliss, you come to the end of the Indianhead Trail at the River Road.  This is the trail marker sign.

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