This trail has two sections, one located on the east and one
on the west side of State Highway 32. The east section leads across
a boardwalk to the top of McCaslin Mountain. It has moderately
steep sections, but the view from the top of this quartz rock
outcrop is worth the climb. Along the trail to the top, you will
pass a quartz crystal deposit with an informational sign which
describes how early Indians came here to quarry quartz to create
The west portion of this trail leads to the site of the Carter
Fire Lookout Tower. Once used to spot forest fires, all that now
remains are the tower footings and roadway. Most fire towers on
the Nicolet were erected in the 1930's and have since been discontinued
as aerial surveillance took over.
Trail Length: 1 1/4 miles
Directions: From Carter, take State Highway 32 south 1
mile. The parking area is on the west side of the highway. A sign
with trail map is at the trailhead. To get to the east portion
of the trail from the parking lot you must cross over State Highway
32. Be cautious for high speed traffic. Trail Length: The trail
section to the east to McCaslin Mountain is 6/10 mile. The section
to the west to Carter Tower site is 3/4 mile.
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult.