Splash along with Chaffee Creek as it ambles through a viaduct and then scamper up a hill into the meadows of the Chaffee Creek Segment (2.5 miles). Depending on how far you’d like to go, you have the option of hiking on the Mecan River Segment, too. This 7.5 mile segment offers outstanding views of the Mecan Springs where migratory and wetland birds congregate.
Besides a beautiful day outdoors, snacks will be provided by Fresh for Life Organics, Genie Metoyer and Russ Brown. Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, and a friend!
The Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance invites you to have a blast at the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike on Saturday, June 3. Join us for this National Trails Day celebration on the unique Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Events: 6k run, a 6k hike (distances are approximate) Location: Lodi Marsh Segment of the Ice Age Trail, Lodi, WI
Registration: Registration will take place on the day of the event from 8:00-8:40 am at Doctor’s Park (corner of Hwy 113 & County Rd K in Lodi – directions here). Please bring your completed Registration Form [PDF] with you. Race day registration only.
Race start: Races will begin at 9 am. The last shuttle to the trailhead will leave from the registration site at 8:40 am.
Donations: Donations to the IATA Lodi Valley Chapter are encouraged to further corridor protection and trail building & maintenance. Donate $25 or more and receive an Ice Age Trail bandana (while supplies last).
About the event
The Mammoth Fun Run & Hike is a family-oriented event hosted by the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Expect a beautiful trail with lovely views, fantastic prizes, unofficial timing, homemade treats, free chair massages, & good times for all! Well-behaved dogs welcome on leash.
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.
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.
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.
We’ve joined forces with our neighboring chapter, Marquette County to commemorate National Trails Day. We will hike and explore the John Muir Segment of the Ice Age National Trail in Marquette County.
Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a little comradery with fellow hikers, prior to the hike, at the park shelter.
The hike will take a scenic route around Lake Ennis, approximately 1.7 miles. Depending on your pace, the hike could take an hour or less. Please feel free to start your hike on your own any time after 12pm and hike at your own pace.
The hike starts at the John Muir County Park (8 miles South of Montello on County Hwy F). Follow the Ice Age Trail Event signs.
Join us on National Trails Day to explore the Lapham Peak segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
This hike offers beautiful views of woods and wetlands, as well as a variety of birds and wildlife. Two guided hike options will be offered: a moderate 4.5 mile hike to the observation tower and a 2 mile, family-friendly hike.
We will gather at the Evergreen Shelter.
Plan to wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots, bring water, and dress for the weather. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.
Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under the owner’s control at all times. No State Park sticker is required for National Trails Day.
WHO: Everyone! No experience is necessary. Groups and families are welcome.
WHERE: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
CHECK-IN LOCATION: West end of Library/Elm Park (900 Block of West Main Street)
PARKING: Metered Parking on Main Street; Non-Metered North of Main Street
Lake Geneva to Chapin Road
Chapin Road to Williams Bay
Williams Bay to Fontana
Moderate to rugged
Fontana to Shadow Lane
Easy with some hills
Shadow Lane to Linn Pier
Rugged with steep paths
Linn Pier to Big Foot State Park
Mostly easy – marshy in areas
Big Foot State Park to Lake Geneva
How it works:
When you register (between 9 am and 10 am), you will be able to decide which portion of the trail you’d like to hike. Volunteers will be on hand to help shuttle you to and from the start and end points of segments.
Please bring your own snacks to supplement what volunteers will be providing. Please plan on bringing your own lunch. There will be a map with known public restroom facilities and eateries along the trail.
National Trails Day is an annual day of celebration and service on our nation’s trails sponsored by American Hiking Society. This year we will celebrate locally by moving our usual Sunday hike to Saturday morning, and enjoy a premier section of our local Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Meet at the the Obey Interpretive Center at 9 AM Saturday, June 4. Bring a friend, a lunch or snack, water, and your preferred insect protection for mosquitos and ticks.
It’s a good idea to wear long pants, sleeves, and full length socks as well. JoAnn Parks will facilitate the group, so you can contact her if you have questions or want to let her know you are coming (not required).
A trail flows through a sea of wildflowers in the John Muir County Park. Photo credit: K. Mcgwin
Trails do not just magically appear in the woods or along a ridgeline for our hiking pleasure. It might seem like it as we take a stroll down a long, shaded path, with a glimpse of it unfolding ahead of us. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how a trail is constructed or the dedicated hours of design and layout (about a 100 hours) involved for every mile of trail, not counting the hours dedicated to the actual building, mile per mile, of trail.
In fact, most of us have a limited knowledge of exactly how many miles of trails exist in our country, not thinking perhaps beyond the trails in our own county or state parks, or the few mountain trails we’ve hiked, in Colorado, perhaps. It turns out, according to the American Hiking Society, there are 200,000 miles of trail throughout the United States.Continue reading →
St. Croix Falls is the “City of Trails” for good reason. Miles of city-limit trails wind through this ancient, glaciated valley on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and alongside the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.
Take the opportunity to celebrate National Trails Day through health, wellness and physical activity with four great running/hiking events on the trails of St. Croix Falls. Events include a 5K run/walk, a 10K trail run/hike, and a kids’ 1K trail run.