Waushara County Chapter: 3rd Annual Summer Hike

A National Trails Day Summer Hike!

The Hike:

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.

Event Details:

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!

Location Details:

Metoyer-Brown Farms, W12085 Czech Avenue, Richford, WI.

See link for Google Map: http://bit.ly/2qBmehN

Lodi Valley Chapter Mammoth Fun Run and Hike

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

Event details

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.

Download the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike Event Poster [PDF]

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




National Trails Day Hikes

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 3rd and there is plenty to celebrate along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Ice age National Scenic Trail, Ice age Trail Alliance, National Trails Day

Photo by Dave Caliebe

Hikes for Kids of All Ages

Guided hikes inspire, energize and rejuvenate!

Chippewa County, Chippewa Moraine Segment: Celebrate National Trail Day (Chippewa Moraine Chapter)

It’s hard to find a more scenic trail with it spectacular overlooks, mature forest, and the long meander along the shore of Picnic Lake, the highlights of this recently rebuilt and rerouted section.

Portage County, Emmons Creek Segment: Wildflower Hike (Portage County Chapter)

The Emmons Creek Segment highlights the charming Emmons Creek State Fishery Area and oak woodland and savanna areas. Continue reading

Indianhead Chapter, St Croix Falls “City of Trails” Runs

Come and celebrate National Trails Day and also Wannigan Days!

Run, Walk, or Volunteer to help!

5 runs are held on the Ice Age Trail.

The Little Hiker Hustle is 2 blocks long for 2-4 year olds.

The 1 K is for 5-12 year olds.

The 5 K is on paved trails or sidewalks.

There is a  10 K Trails Run

And, new this year, a 1/2 Marathon Trail Run.

Connect online at www.cityoftrails5k.com to register to walk or run.

Registration starts at 7 am.

The fun starts at the Middle School in St. Croix Falls and ends at the overlook on the beautiful St. Croix River.

Call Wanda Brown at 651-260-5890 to volunteer. Volunteers are needed along the route, at water stops, at registration, and to setup and take down.

Waushara & Marquette County Chapter National Trails Day Hike

Let’s celebrate National Trails Day!

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.

Washington/Ozaukee Chapter National Trails Day Hike

Meet at Pike Lake State Forest at lake-side (beach) parking lot.

The National Trails Day hike will be part of the Pike Lake State Park Discovery Day.

Hike 2 to 6 miles round trip. We will use both the Brown and Green trails so the hike will be appropriate for all ages.

Hikes rated moderate; State Park sticker/day permit not required.

Waukesha Milwaukee Chapter National Trails Day Hike

2016 NTD Poster final-1

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.

 

Rock County Chapter Hike – National Trails Day

Ice Age National Scenic Trail National Trail Days Rock County

Photo credit: D. James

TIME: Check-in anytime between 9 AM – 10 AM – http://binged.it/1qGxvIU

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

HIKES:

Segment Distance

(miles)

Hiking Difficulty
Lake Geneva to Chapin Road 3.5 Easy walking
Chapin Road to Williams Bay 3.5 Easy Walking
Williams Bay to Fontana 3.5 Moderate to rugged
Fontana to Shadow Lane 2.3 Easy with some hills
Shadow Lane to Linn Pier 2.9 Rugged with steep paths
Linn Pier to Big Foot State Park 3.3 Mostly easy – marshy in areas
Big Foot State Park to Lake Geneva 2 Challenging

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.

Chippewa Moraine Chapter National Trails Day Hike

National Trails Day Ice Age National Trail Chippewa County Chapter Chippewa Moraine Segment

Photo credit: IATA Staff

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).

Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter Kids Hike/Adult Hike

On National Trails Day we will have our yearly 10 or 20 mile hike and this year we will hold our first annual

Kids’ Hike at the Rice Lake Park/boat launch. The Kids’ Hike will start at 10:00am.

The hike for grownups (10 or 20 miles) will start at 8:00 a.m.

The Rice Lake parking boat launch is on State Park Road just off of Kettle Moraine Drive, Whitewater, WI.

Explore a Trail Segment Near You!

Ice Age National Scenic Trail John Muir County Park

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

Indianhead Chapter City of Trails Trail Run

2015 CityofTrailsTrail Run PosterSt. 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.

Click here for complete details and registration