CANCELLED Be BRIGHT – Saturday, July 11, 2020

Be Bright. Experience the joy and wonder of fireflies lighting up the summer night and Be Happy. Enjoy refreshments, crafts, a hike among the kames, and a bonfire with s’mores. Photo by Hedi LaMarr Photography.

Trailtessa: Be BRIGHT in-person event has been cancelled. The Ice Age Trail Alliance’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and hiking community during the health concern of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. The Alliance will continue to monitor information provided by the World Health Organization, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services as Wisconsin begins to re-open to help prevent the spread of the virus. We are currently working on plans for a virtual Trailtessa event in July. More information coming soon! 


Be Starlight. Savor the warm air, the chorus of lakeside peepers, and take a starlight stroll through the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Pike Lake Unit. 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 at various distances

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 are FREE 

Age: For woman ages 2 and above!

Limit: 75 women

**Wisconsin State Park vehicle pass is needed to enter the park. Passes will be available onsite for purchase if needed.

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 launched a comprehensive effort, Force of Nature, to advance gender equity in the outdoors, encouraging millions of its members to embrace the outdoors as “the world’s largest level playing field.