Be BRIGHT – Saturday, July 11, 2020

Be Bright. Experience the joy and wonder of fireflies lighting up the summer night and Be Happy. Enjoy a picnic dinner, crafts, and a hike among the hills. Photo by Hedi LaMarr Photography.

Be Starlight. Savor the warm air, the chorus of lakeside peepers, and take a starlight stroll along Indian Lake. It’s magical under the light of the moon and around a bonfire.

Be Quality Time. Bring your community – daughter, mother, sister, friend – or come solo and curious about who you might meet.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Be Enough, Force of Nature

Be Spacious. It’s all about making the space in your life to appreciate the simple things: marshmallows browned to golden perfection, watching the sun set above a jewel-blue lake, and laughter and song floating in the air above.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, REI Corporate Partner,

Be Yourself. Be Light-hearted. Put on your best set of rosy-colored glasses and see what magic happens! Photo by Cameron Gillie.

Be BRIGHT Details: 

Saturday, July 11, Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake Unit, Washington County

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Follow the yellow Ice Age Trail Event yard signs to the beach shelter, near the new amphitheater and fire pit. Guided hikes with a variety of distances and terrain, on-going throughout evening.

5:30 pm: Registration open!

6:00 pm: Welcome and Ongoing activities: food, refreshments, crafts, and guided hikes

8:00 pm: Bonfire and s’mores

Dusk…watch fireflies emerge from the prairie grasses.

9:00 pm: Depart

Cost: $12/woman, girls under 18 FREE 

Age: For woman ages 2 and above!

Limit: 100 women

We love our 4-legged furry friends but dogs are not allowed at Trailtessa Retreats.


Registration will close Monday, July 6. A confirmation email with final details will be emailed  to all registered attendees on Tuesday, July 7.


Photos provided by Hedi LaMarr Photography


Pike Lake Segment, Washington County [PDF]

Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake Unit Park Map [PDF]

We appreciate our GENEROUS partners for this event:


Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, REI CO-OP corporate partner, Mobile Skills Crew program 2017

Ice Age Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Trailtessa, REI corporate partner

Outdoor co-op REI today launched a comprehensive effort to advance gender equity in the outdoors, encouraging millions of its members to embrace the outdoors as “the world’s largest level playing field.