2017 Dane County Chapter Hike-A-Thon

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail Dane County Hike-a-Thon National Trails Day Celebration

Photo credit: D. Lonsdorf

In celebration of National Trails Day, join hikers, friends, family, and colleagues on the Ice Age Trail to explore Dane County and raise funds to build, maintain, and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Participants can choose one of two hikes along the Ice Age Trail:

  • Prairie-to-Prairie Hike – 6 miles from Prairie Moraine County Park in Verona to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona
  • Hike-a-Thon – 20 miles from Brooklyn State Wildlife Area to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona

Supporting the Ice Age Trail

As part of our goal to work together to raise more than $8,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, we are asking all participants to make a tax-deductible gift or collect pledges of $30 or more.

Those who are not currently Alliance members who donate or raise $50 or more have the option to start a one-year Alliance membership.

Also…all participants who donate or raise $50 or more will receive a t-shirt courtesy of Fontana Sports Specialties.

To register yourself for the event or to make a gift in support of someone else, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

Event Details

Those participating in the 20-mile Hike-a-Thon will meet at 8 a.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, Shelter #1. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 8:30 a.m. to take you to the start at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area. Bring a lunch and at least 16 ounces of water. We will have water stops with snacks every 3-5 miles. Porta-potties will be available along the route.

Those participating in the 6-mile Prairie-to-Prairie Hike will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, Shelter #1. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 1 p.m. to take you to the start at Prairie Moraine County Park. Bring at least 16 ounces of water.

We anticipate that participants from both hikes will arrive at the finish line together starting around 3:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, snacks, and a celebration! Please bring a folding chair if you plan to stick around for the party.

Please Note

In the event of severe or threatening weather, we may need to cancel the Hike-a-Thon at the last minute for safety reasons. If this happens, we will be unable to refund donations.

We love dogs, but please leave yours at home for this event.

Click Here to Register and/or Donate




Waupaca/Portage County Hike-a-thon

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Hartman Creek Segment Hike-a-thon

Photo credit: IATA Staff

Hiking the Hartman Creek Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a delightful autumn experience featuring the lovely forested and hilly terrain of Hartman Creek State Park.  Especially unique to this segment of the Trail is one of the largest erratics (enormous boulders carried by glacial ice, often over hundreds of miles from their original location) on the entire Ice Age Trail.

Experience this piece of Wisconsin beauty by joining the Waupaca and Portage County Chapters for their annual Hike-A-Thon, on Saturday, October 1st, starting at 8:30 a.m.  Enjoy a morning hike through the woods and help raise funds for Trail building, maintenance, and education.   Come solo, bring a friend, bring your entire family for this welcoming event.

The Hike-A-Thon event headquarters will be at the Hartman Lake Shelter, at the Hartman Creek State Park.  Follow the IAT Event signs once inside the Park.

Hiking Tips:

Before your hike:

  • Register between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Participation fee: $5.00 (individual); $15.00 (family).
  • Hikers will receive a registration number and a Trail map.  Free admission to the Park on hike day.
  • Dress for the weather.  Sun, rain, and snow!
  • Bring a refillable water bottle.

During your hike:

  • Respect all plants and animals on the trail.  Please leave any natural “finds” for others to discover also.
  • Enjoy the solitude of the Trail, the colorful fall leaves, and a morning immersed in nature.
  • 4 rest stops will be available during the hike with the option to refill water and grab an apple.

After your hike:

  • Return your hiker registration number.
  • Check to see if you won a door prize.
  • Browse merchandise and educational displays.
  • Enjoy refreshments generously provided by local area merchants and volunteers.