Aldo Leopold Trail

What to Expect: This 1.2 mile self-guided, non-motorized nature trail, located along an esker near the Mondeaux Dam Lodge, helps to outline Aldo Leopold's conservation ethics and his legacy. As you follow along the trail, wooden engraved signs help to outline the history of his life and quotes from his essays in the book entitled "A Sand County Almanac." Leopold focused on the life cycles of trees and prairies in many of his writings which can also be experienced in person as you walk along this trail.

The Mondeaux Dam Recreation Area includes other recreational activities such as camping at Spearhead, Eastwood, Picnic Point and West Point campgrounds. There is a beach, picnic area, and it is connected to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

At a Glance

Area Amenities: Parking
Restrictions: Restrictions for all National Forest System lands can be found by visiting Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations 261 by clicking here. The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest specific restrictions can be found in the Occupancy and Use Restrictions for the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest please click here.
Closest Towns: Medford
Information Center: Medford - Park Falls Ranger District

General Information


Aldo Leopold Trailhead - From the State Highway 64/13 intersection in Medford, drive north on State Highway 13 15.5 miles to County Highway D. Turn left (west) on County Highway D and drive 6.5 miles to Forest Road 104. Turn left (south) on Forest Road 104 and drive 1.1 miles to the intersection of Forest Road 106. Continue on Forest Road 106 1.5 miles to the trailhead.

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

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