Oak Leaf Trail – Lake Loop

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Trail Distance: 3.1 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 10 min+
Elevation Gain: 101 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
The beautiful and pawpular Oak Leaf Trail - Lake Loop is a 3-mile stretch of the greater Oak Leaf Trail which encircles Milwaukee. Pedestrians, peddlers, and pups come from all over to take a walk, run, or ride on this breathtaking trail. Hiking the Lake Loop offers just the right amount of exercise and outdoor time for a morning jog or evening stroll. The trail is a multi-use urban trail, serving thousands of Milwaukee residents every day to commute to parks, downtown, or to marvel at the woofderful Lake Michigan. The Oak Leaf Trail Lake Loop welcomes curious canines to enjoy its scenic trail on-leash!


The best place to start is from the Milwaukee Art Museum, which sits just north of Grant Park. The Lake Loop section of the Oak Leaf Trail is mainly paved with smooth asphalt and will take you across several famous parks, where you can take a break with your bark friend and use the on-site restrooms provided at each park. Beginning from the south trailhead going north, you and Fido will pass by O'Donnell Park, Veterans Park, McKinley Park and Beach, Back Bay Park, Bradford Park, and finally reach Lake Park at the northern end. In addition to several rest stops, bathrooms, and parks, there are plenty of other activities to stop and enjoy. Why not pack a picnic lunch and woof it down at one of the scenic lookouts along the trail? As the locals say, this part of the trail offers some of the best views of Lake Milwaukee there are!

The Oak Leaf Trail - Lake Loop is a fun, relatively short trail to enjoy if you hike without breaks. But, we highly recommend to take a couple hours to stop and enjoy the scenery and the countless amount of things to do and see along the trail. Remember to pick up after your pooch and properly dispose of any waste. Enjoy exploring the much-loved Oak Leaf Trail - Lake Loop with your pup!

Trail Features
Forest, Beach, Easy Incline, Lake
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The Oak Leaf Lake Loop Trail is nearby steep cliffs overlooking Lake Milwaukee. Please keep pets and children closeby while exploring this trail. Coyotes are common at dusk, so keep your pup close and speak loudly to ward off wild animals. As this trail is part of a lengthier urban trail, please use caution as there will be foot and bike traffic.
Address
700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
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Address
700 N. Art Museum Dr.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours