Perrot State Park
Brady's Bluff and Perrot Ridge

Mississippi valley fall color from Perrot Ridge

This hike rewards with every step. From the moment you leave the parking lot the view encompasses greater and greater lengths of the Mississippi valley. The view from the top of Brady's bluff is spectacular - barges ferrying cargo up and down the river, bluffs rising to the sky across the river, glints of light sparkling on the blue water far below.

Next is a short traverse of tilted tree ringed meadow, soft filtered light touching the gold and yellow grass, and then an abrupt climb back to the heights of Perrot Ridge where again the world opens up below.
Of all the hikes along the Mississippi, this one may be the best.

From the junction of 1st and Main streets near the Trempealeau Hotel in Trempealeau Wisconsin, head west along the river 1.9 miles to the trailhead parking lot on your left. Just before you reach the parking lot, you will pass an entrance station where you will need to pay a fee to enter the park.
Coordinates for the hike: 44.0157360,-91.4758580
Parking / Trailhead amenities
The paved parking lot is level and has room for about 16 cars. There is a clean pit toilet adjacent to the parking lot.
Trail observations
The trail starts across the road from the parking lot. Almost immediately the trail branches. Head left to climb Brady's bluff.
At the top, the trail heads down the back of the bluff then traverses a meadow and ascends Perrot Ridge, a narrow exposed sandstone ridge with a different set of incredible views.
Trail statistics
The trail is 3.91 miles long. The sum of all the uphill climbs is 398 feet.
Trail waypoints
0.00 miParkingParking Lot
0.04 miTrailheadTrailhead
0.08 miGo leftBranch - go left towards Brady's Bluff
0.36 miBench
0.61 miBench
0.94 miRight along shelterBranch - go right along the shelter
1.33 miStay leftBranch - stay left
1.52 miGo rightBranch - go right (map)
1.67 miStay leftBranch - stay left
1.91 miStay leftStay left to go straight (bench, map)
2.09 miClimb stepsBranch - go left up the steps
2.23 miBench
2.63 miStay leftBranch - stay left
3.04 miGo straightIntersection - go straight (map, bench)
3.68 miDiagonal rightCross to the trail on the right of the parking lot
3.77 miGo rightBranch - go right along Perrot Ridge Trail
3.91 miEnd of trailEnd of trail
Trail map - Brady's Bluff and Perrot Ridge
Altitude chart - Brady's Bluff and Perrot Ridge Trailhead Go left Bench Bench Stay left Go right Stay left Climb steps Diagonal right Go right End of trail
Difficulty: Easy
Difficulty: Moderate
Terrain: Hilly
Trail surface: Dirt
Trail surface: Grassy
Type: Loop
View: Open
View: Overlooks
View: Wooded
County: Trempealeau
State: Wisconsin
Country: United States of America
DNR web site
DNR map
Trempealeau site
Printable trail map in PDF format (43 Mb download)
Printable trail map in PNG format (6 Mb download)
Waypoints in CSV format
Waypoints in KML format
Instructions on using a trail description page
Instructions on using a trail map printout
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