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Hagar Mountain

Wisconsin > Northern Highlands
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Hagar Mountain is a state natural area located within the Nicolet National Forest just east of the Mountain, WI. The area features numerous exposures of granite bedrock that rise up to 300 feet above the surrounding landscape. The natural area itself is quite aesthetic, with numerous rock outcrops that afford scenic views and has one of the few waterfalls on the Nicolet National Forest. Hagar Mountain can be split into two main areas: North and South, with HWY-W being the separating line. Currently, most exploration has been done on the Northern side.

NOTE: This land is owned by the U.S. Forest Service. At the time of this posting, we had received verbal permission by the land owner to boulder on the property provided it didn’t become overly crowded and stayed low impact. Please, leave no trace. No landing construction, stay on designated trails/approaches as much as possible, and if the parking areas are full, either find additional parking on the sides of nearby fire roads or simply visit a different crag for the day (Chute Pond is ~10 mins away!). The nearby Boy Scout troop also uses this area to practice rappelling, which is evidenced by the fixed bolts found at the summit of the Bear Paw Dome.

Getting There

From the intersection of State Highway 32 and County Highway W in Mountain, go east on HWY-W 3 miles. Refer to each area’s page for further details.

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Overview of North and South Sectors. The square in the north sector is private property.
[Hide Photo] Overview of North and South Sectors. The square in the north sector is private property.
Hagar Mountain. August 1928. 

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Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
[Hide Comment] Because this is not a State-owned State Natural Area, rappeling and climbing is up to the USFS. Nov 8, 2020
[Hide Comment] For those interested in coming to the Northwoods to boulder this is a fantastic location with a remote feel. Please tread lightly to reduce impact and avoid congesting the limited parking. Nov 9, 2020
Madison, WI
[Hide Comment] This is amazing! Thank you all for developing and sharing this amazing resource! I feel like we are still scratching the surface on all the rock Wisconsin has to offer. Nov 9, 2020
[Hide Comment] A lot of the stuff here is really big, but the landings are generally pretty good. 5-6 pads won't feel like too many, and if you aren't solid at any given grade, consider bringing a rope. Nov 9, 2020
Joel Ledvina
Richland Center, WI
[Hide Comment] I put together a short film earlier this year which showcases many of the boulders found here (and in the northwoods in general).… Nov 11, 2020
[Hide Comment] Vibes here are def choice. Second that you gotta bring a rope and pads.
Make sure that rope at least 60ft; trees are set back from top out (at least at the parthenon). Cleaning tools also nice to have. Rock not nearly as good as Chute. Maybe it'll clean up? Idk. Lots of fractured grips and chock stones. Time will tell, I suppose.

Last thing. This is in regards to the parthenon approach. Once you come down for the dome, look for orange ribbons. The social trail is marked with these.

Thanks for sharing the zone, Sconnies!! Nov 18, 2020