Trail Conditions

See the reports below for current conditions along the Ice Age Trail. The reports are organized by county, starting at the Western Terminus and moving east along the Trail. These conditions were fielded from IATA staff, volunteers, partners and hikers.

Please keep the following in mind…

  • The Ice Age Trail is largely built and maintained by volunteers.
  • Trail conditions vary depending on volunteer availability and Trail use on a given segment.
  • The volunteers in our local chapters know the Ice Age Trail well in their region and are often a great source for current Trail conditions. Visit the chapter pages for contact information.

How was your hike?

If you take a hike on the Ice Age Trail, please let us know how it went. Give us a call at 800-227-0046, or send an email to info@iceagetrail.org. Your reports are key to making the Ice Age Trail one of the best hiking experiences in the country.

Note: Atlas and Guidebook page references refer to the 2014 editions of the Ice Age Trail Atlas and Guidebook.

Polk County

St. Croix Falls Segment – New Trail Open

effective date: Aug 27, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 1f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 6

Explore 2.4 miles of new Ice Age Trail on the St. Croix Falls Segment. New trail winds between Riegel Park and Ray Zillmer park. Discover basalt outcroppings, impressive Rock County steps built by volunteers, and grand oaks along the route.

McKenzie Creek Segment – new bridge open over Clam River

effective date: Oct 15, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 4f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 20

A new bridge crossing the Clam River in the McKenzie Creek State Wildlife Area is open. This bridge is just south of the parking area at the end of 60th St. Thank you to the volunteers who made it happen!

Barron & Washburn Counties

Grassy Lake Segment – Wet trail conditions

effective date: Jun 1, 2015,
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 7f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 34

The Grassy Lake Segment from Shingle Camp Rd. southeast to 30th Ave. has numerous wet spots, including at least two spots where the pools are a foot deep with water.

Update: November 2015

The trail is blocked approximately 1.5 miles east of Shingle Camp Rd by heavy beaver activity.  At approximately 1.3 miles east of Shingle Camp Rd. follow the temporary blue flag route for approximately .3 miles back to the yellow blazed trail.

Bear Lake Segment – Parking area closed

effective date: Dec 1, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 8f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 36

There is no parking at Camp Phillip’s “Cub World” entrance.  Parking may be available on the grass a short distance  north where the trail intersects with 16th Street (CTH VV).

Tuscobia Segment – Route improvement near the Narrows

effective date: Dec 1, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 10f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 38

Going east, where the trail crosses into Washburn County follow yellow blazes on the Ice Age Trail on the south side (right side) of the ATV trail.  At the east side of the Narrows Bridge cross the ATV trail to the north side (left Side). Go up the hill on the grass to Balsam Lake Road.  At Balsam Lake Rd turn right, cross State Hwy 48, turn left on to Featherstone Road (north side) to the trail.

Going west, follow the Ice Age Trail along the north side of Featherstone Road to the intersection with Balsam Lake Road.  Turn north  (right), cross State Hwy 48.  Turn left and follow the yellow blazes on the Ice Age Trail (on the grass, north side of ATV trail).  At the east side of the Narrows Bridge, cross the ATV trail, turn right, cross the bridge and follow the Ice Age Trail (yellow blazes)  on the left side (south) of the ATV trail to the Barron County line.

Tuscobia Segment – Parking lot closed

effective date: Dec 04, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 9f, 10f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 38

A private off-road parking lot along the Tuscobia Segment at its intersection with CTH T is closed indefinitely. Roadside parking is available at this location.

Hemlock Creek Segment – Boardwalk out

effective date: Sep 16, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 10f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 42

The boardwalk at the rookery about 1.4 miles south of the Finohorn Road trailhead has collapsed. Passage along the route will require wading through a mucky area and waist-high weeds. Please use caution when crossing the creek.

Update: November 2015.  The boardwalk has been repaired.

Rusk County

Hemlock Creek Segment – White Blazed Loop Trail Flooded

effective date: Jun 17, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 10f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 42

The white-blazed loop trail, about 1.4 miles west of the Murphy Flowage Recreation Area parking lot and a short distance upstream from the Sierra Club bridge, is flooded as a result of the construction of a beaver dam and diversion of Hemlock Creek. The main Ice Age Trail route is not affected.

Update: November 2015.  The white blazed loop trail is open.

Chippewa County

Harwood Lakes Segment – New Dispersed Camping Area

effective date: Oct 08, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 16f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 57

The Harwood Lakes Segment is now home to a dispersed camping area near the shores of Picnic Lake created specifically for long-distance, multi-day Ice Age Trail hikers. It has no facilities and is a “camp within sight of this sign”-type area. It offers multi-day, long-distance hikers a good spot to camp just off the Ice Age Trail. The site is NOT intended for use by those looking to do a one-night out-and-back hike.

Harwood Lakes Segment – New Trail Open

effective date: Sep 23, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 16f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 57

1.5 miles of new Ice Age Trail in Chippewa County are now open after Mobile Skills Crew projects in 2013 and 2014. The properties that host the Trail are permanently protected by conservation easements held by the Alliance thanks to a partnership with Chippewa County and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.

From County Hwy E traveling west, the new route passes Picnic Lake and tamarack bogs, all within the high-relief hummokcy terrain of the Chippewa County.

Also see the update about the new Dispersed Camping Area next to the lake that volunteers developed in fall of 2013.

Happy hiking!

Chippewa River Segment – Extended Trail

effective date: Sep 26, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 16f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 60

Volunteers extended the Chippewa River Segment by half a mile, eliminating a section of road walk.

The new section of Trail is permanently protected thanks to a partnership with the Chippewa County Land Conservancy and funding from the state Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Taylor County

Wood Lake Segment – Trail closed near Gus Johnson Creek

effective date: Aug 30, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 26f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 86

Beaver activity in the Gus Johnson Creek area has rendered the creek crossing impassable.

Those hiking the Wood Lake Segment east to west should turn left and head south on Bear Ave. before reaching the creek, then resume hiking on the Ice Age Trail where it heads south from Bear Ave. just a short distance south of Gus Johnson Creek.

Those hiking west to east should turn right and head east on Bear Ave., then resume hiking on the Ice Age Trail where it heads east from Bear Ave. just a short distance east of Gus Johnson Creek.

Lincoln County

Underdown Segment

effective date: Nov. 24, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 29f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 105

A new shelter was constructed at the Dog Lake campsite area.

Averill-Kelly Creek Wilderness Segment – Closure During Hunting Seasons

effective date: Aug 18, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 27f, 28f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 99

The entire Averill-Kelly Creek Wilderness Segment is on private property and closes for certain hunting seasons.

Between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, the eastern portion of this segment is closed. To bypass this closure, westbound hikers can take Burma Road north to County Road E then west 1/4 mile to a gated logging road. Go south until you connect with the Ice Age Trail to continue westward.

The entire segment is closed for the 9-day gun-deer season.

There will be signs at the trailheads notifying hikers of these closures.

Langlade County

Highland Lakes Segment

effective date: Aug 20, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 33f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 122

Reference to “a T-intersection” on page 122 in the 2014 trail guide is misleading and needs clarification. Eastbound hiker should watch for the trail turn-off from Forest Road as it is not a really a “T-intersection” but branches off at a slight left bend in the town road. Watch for trail signage at that location. (See map).

Old Railroad Segment – Trail Reroute

effective date: May 01, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 33f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 124

Depending upon varying lake levels, hikers may encounter water over a short stretch of the segment along the east shore of Jack Lake at Veterans Memorial Park.

Marathon County

Eau Claire Dells Segment – Hunting Season Closure

effective date: Nov 01, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 40f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 140

A portion of the Eau Claire Dells Segment travels through private land that is closed from Nov. 23 through Dec. 1 for the 10-day gun deer season. The closed section begins at Co Hwy. Z, traveling north until the Trail meets the Eau Claire River. Hikers should begin and end their hikes within Dells of the Eau Claire County Park during this time. Please wear blaze orange as well!

Eau Claire Dells Segment – Hunting Season Closure

effective date: Sep 20, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 41f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 140

A portion of the Eau Claire Dells Segment is located on private land and is closed from Sept. 1 to Dec. 31 for hunting seasons. The closed section begins where the Trail leaves Thornapple Creek Rd. and continues east and south until the Trail intersects Partridge Rd. Hikers should use Thornapple Creek Rd. and Partridge Rd. as an alternate connection route.

Portage/Waupaca County

Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment – Partial Section Closure

effective date: November 23, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 47f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 154

At the landowner’s request, the southern section of the Skunk and Foster Lakes Segment is temporarily closed between Grenlie Rd and North Foley Rd just north of Hwy 10.  Please obey the Trail Closed signs and walk the roads (Grenlie and North Foley) around this section.

Hartman Creek Segment – New Trail Open

effective date: October 19, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 48f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 158

The old saying, “save a little of your best for last,” rang true at Hartman Creek State Park to bring the 2015 Mobile Skills Crew season to a resounding, successful close.   Thank you to the 260 volunteers who donated more than 4,600 hours helping build a mile and half of new and greatly improved Ice Age Trail.

Together, we crafted over 7,000 feet of sustainable tread, built 33 drainage dips, painted hundreds of sharp, crisp yellow blazes, washed dishes in frosty pre-dawn 25-degree temperatures, prepared and served over a thousand hot, healthy meals. Whether this was your first project or your 50th, thank you for your selfless giving. Your tireless effort keeps us “focused forward” and makes the Ice Age National Scenic Trail the treasure it is.

 

Waushara County

Mecan River Segment – New Trail Open

effective date: Jun 13, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 52f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 171

After a June 2014 MSC event, new Ice Age Trail now crosses STH 21, extending the end of the Mecan River Segment southward to Cumberland Ave.

Chaffee Creek Segment – Timber Sale

effective date: Oct 01, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 52f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 174

The Chaffee Creek Segment south of Czech Ave. is undergoing a managed timber sale.  The property is signed announcing the sale; please use caution when hiking this segment. Logging is anticipated to last into November.

Columbia County

Marquette Segment – Permanently Closed

effective date: Dec 20, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 57f

This segment, which runs between Agency House Road and Governors Bend County Park, has been permanently closed.

The Alliance was asked to remove a section of trail from private land north of the City of Portage County, where an informal agreement to host the Ice Age Trail had been in place for decades. Efforts to work with the landowners to keep the trail open were unsuccessful.

The result is closure of the more than four-mile Marquette Segment of the Ice Age Trail between Governor’s Bend County Park and the Portage County Canal.

Read the news release for additional information

Gibraltar Segment – New Trail Open

effective date: April 26, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 62f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 202

New Ice Age Trail added to the Gibraltar Segment leads to the top of Gibraltar Rock County and its expansive views. The 2-mile trail starts at a parking lot off Co. Hwy V, just northeast of the intersection of V and JV (on the west end of the Gibraltar Rock County State Ice Age Trail Area property). It continues down to the parking area at the northeast end of the property.

Dane County

Springfield Hill – New Trail Open!

effective date: October 26, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 64f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 214

This new 2-mile trail loop highlights  majestic oaks from trail built on steep slopes. The loop is on the north side of US Highway 12 off Ballweg Road — just a quick 30 minutes northwest of Madison and 2.7 miles north of Indian Lake County Park.

Cross Plains Segment – New Dispersed Camping Area Open

effective date: May 07, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 65f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 216

The Cross Plains Segment is now home to a dispersed camping area created specifically for multi-day Ice Age Trail hikers.

A dispersed camping area is a “camp within sight of this sign”-type area and has no facilities. It offers multi-day, long-distance hikers a good spot to camp right on the Trail in an area of the state where such opportunities are limited. The site is NOT intended for use by those looking to do a one-night out-and-back hike.

Walworth/Jefferson Counties

Clover Valley Segment – Conditions Report

effective date: Apr 26, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 77f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 256

For a short time during ground thaw, heavy snow melt and spring rains may produce flood water on the trail near the bridge across Spring Brook.

Waukesha County

Lapham Peak Segment –New Trail Upgrades Complete

effective date: August 24, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 82f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 278

226 volunteers pitched in 4,127.5 hours improving over a mile of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in one of the most heavily trafficked portions of the entire Trail.  Together, Ice Age Trail builders, supporters and stewards built 3,500 feet of new tread, 177 feet of rock retaining walls, and 241 feet of boardwalk.  This recently completed project provides new opportunities for the 350,000 people who visit Lapham Peak annually to take solace and rejuvenate on the Trail.

Delafield Segment –Trail Closures through April 2015

effective date: Oct 1, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 82f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 278

The American Transmission Company will be doing utility line work along the Lake Country Trail from October 2014 through April 2015. Portions of the Delafield Segment where it runs along the Lake Country Trail are temporarily closed during this time. For your safety, please observe all trail closure signs and barricades.

The suggested alternative route is to use Main St., Milwaukee St., and Golf Rd.

All Segments – Hunting Season Notes

effective date: Nov 03, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 80f-83f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 266

Be aware that segments of the Ice Age Trail running through the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest are open for hunting from September to May.  Bright colored clothing should be worn when hiking in these areas.

If you bring a dog with you, be sure to put a bright colored scarf or jacket on your friend, and keep him or her on a leash for safety as well as the safety of other hikers.

Scuppernong Segment – Nearby Timber Harvesting

effective date: Aug 12, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 80f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 274

Timber harvesting in Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest this summer may impact hikers between Cty ZZ and Hwy 67. This is the southern half of the Scuppernong Segment. The logging operation is adjacent to the IAT, but all signage seems to be intact. Use extra caution when hiking and keep a close eye on the blazes, as logging roads often intersect the trail.

Hartland Segment – Wet Area During Heavy Rain

effective date: Nov 03, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 82f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 282

During periods of heavy rain, this low-lying area from Centennial Park to the Hartland marsh is prone to minor flooding. Alternate routes are recommended at the hikers discretion.

Washington County

Loew Lake Segment – Parking Notes

effective date: Sept 30, 2015
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 83f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 292

A new parking lot is available on Hwy K just north of Hwy Q on the east side of the road.  A short blue blazed spur trail will lead you to the Ice Age Trail.

Southern Kewaskum Segment – Conditions Report

effective date: Nov 03, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 86f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 299

There is a low area about halfway through the segment that holds water after spring meltwaters and heavy rains. Bypassing the wet area to the south can be difficult. Plan accordingly.

Kewaskum Segment – Conditions Report

effective date: Nov 03, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 86f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 301

Parking for this segment is available at Ridge Road, Sunburst Ski Area or the McDonald’s on US Highway 45. During wet weather periods, the tunnel under Hwy 45 often fills with water. Follow the highway shoulders and cross Hwy 45 at the stoplights instead.

Kewaskum Segment – New Dispersed Camping Area Open

effective date: Nov 03, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 86f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 301

A Dispersed Camping Area to serve multi-day Ice Age Trail hikers is now available in Washington County! Located just north of Ridge Road on the Kewaskum Segment in Washington County, on IATA-owned lands known as the Otten Preserve, the Dispersed Camping Area (DCA) is intended for long-distance hikers (those hiking multiple days) needing a place to legally pitch their tent. No water or toilet facilities are available; no fires are permitted (except cook stoves). A maximum of six people allowed per night. Users are asked, and expected, to leave no trace of their visit.

Milwaukee River Segment – New Section Complete

effective date: Aug 30, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 86f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 301

This new 2.5-mile section extending the Milwaukee River Segment is the result of a 2013 Mobile Skills Crew Project. The route travels through an ag field, provides views of the scenic river valley, and fills what was a gap in the route of the Ice Age Trail. You can now enjoy a continuous 36-mile off-road hike of the Ice Age Trail through Washington, Fond du Lac, & Sheboygan Counties.

With the completion of the project, a new DNR parking lot was opened off of Hwy H just west of the Milwaukee River bridge.  While it provides easy access to the new section of Trail, please use caution crossing the bridge if you are continuing north on the trail towards New Fane. The bridge is narrow and traffic moves quickly along Hwy H!

Manitowoc County

East Twin River Segment – New Trail Open

effective date: Jul 28, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 97f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 336

A 1.3-mile section of Ice Age Trail, the East Twin River Segment, is now open northwest of Mishicot between Hillview Rd. and Rockledge Rd. Take a walk through a pine forest, pass through the cedar cathedral, and enjoy a break on a split log cedar bench made from fallen trees on the trail that overlooks the giant Thompson maple.

Parking is available on Hillview Rd. on the west side of the East Twin River.

Tisch Mills Segment – New Dispersed Camping Area Open

effective date: Jun 04, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 98f; Ice Age Trail Guidebook p. 338

The Tisch Mills Segment is now home to a dispersed camping area created specifically for long-distance, multi-day Ice Age Trail hikers. The camping area has no facilities and is a “camp within sight of this sign”-type area. It offers multi-day, long-distance hikers a good spot to camp just off the Ice Age Trail in an area of the state where such opportunities are limited. The site is NOT intended for use by those looking to do a one-night out-and-back hike.