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Ice Age Trail Days

August 8, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age Trail Days

Light the Candles!

1000 miles. 60 years. Endless wonder.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance has been working since 1958 to create one of the premier outdoor experiences in the country – the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, a thousand-mile footpath tracing Ice Age formations across Wisconsin.

You’re invited.

Join supporters and staff as we celebrate 60 years of building, stewarding, protecting, and promoting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Celebrate with us at Ice Age Trail Days in Cross Plains, WI which is both the headquarters of the Alliance and a designated Ice Age Trail Community.

Ice Age Trail Days Activities:

Trailbuilding. Wednesday, August 8th through Sunday, August 12th.

This Mobile Skills Crew event will be a remarkable effort to fill in the gaps across Dane County. Happily, new tread will eliminate a mile-long road walk and sandstone outcroppings will provide big views of the Driftless region. This wonderfully wooded segment, located at the edge of the Village of Cross Plains, will wind its way up and down the hillside, providing a refreshing saunter for community members of all ages.

No previous experience is necessary to participate in this new construction party involving tread, signage, stonework and trail stewardship zones. Like all Mobile Skills Crew projects, training is provided by certified crew leaders and there will be roles for all ages and abilities. Everyone is welcome to participate!


Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Crew Leadership Skills Training, Mobile Skills Crew Season 2018

Photos by Cameron Gillie of ThePinHoleThing.com

Community Dinner and Partner Exhibits. Friday, August 10th.

The Village of Cross Plains is hosting a community dinner at Zander Park in downtown Cross Plains. In keeping with the community theme, the Alliance is partnering with local farmers and businesses to host a farm-to-table dinner, live music, refreshments and of course, birthday cake. On Friday afternoon, stop by Zander Park to learn more about the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and visit partner exhibits. Booths will be on display with family-friendly activities and educational information to learn more about the Alliance’s mission. Volunteers, supporters, and Cross Plains community members are invited and welcome to attend.

Download a complete Schedule of Events [PDF]

Save your seat at the Community Dinner with a $25 non-refundable ticket to this event, special pricing for children.

Hurry! Limited seating and ticket sales end August 1st. 

Photo by James Mills, The Joy Trip Project.

Family-Friendly Hikes and Workshops. Saturday, August 11th.

Bring the entire family or your tribe of friends out to Cross Plains to enjoy family-friendly hikes, an Introduction to Trail Running workshop (and trail run), a geology presentation and hike, and a history hike of Cross Plains. Events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Download a complete Schedule of Events.

Stop for a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants, and enjoy all that the area has to offer. (Trailbuilding begins Wednesday, August 8 and continues through Saturday, August 11.)

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Spring Hikes, Chapter-led hikes


Introduction to Trail Running Workshop and Trail Run. Saturday, August 11th.

Crush your trail running goals with the help of Jonnah Perkins, competitive ultramarathon, trail runner and Ice Age Trail Alliance supporter, at this introduction to trail running workshop and trail run. Join Jonnah at a workshop to learn about trail running, trail etiquette, and how to get started, and then participate in a trail run (3-mile and 5-mile option will be offered). All attendees will receive a takeaway bag with special gifts from Yum Yum Butter, Wigwam Socks, Organic Valley, Honey Stinger, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance. All attendees will also receive 30% off first month of Trailnative coaching!

Hurry! Space is limited to 50. Registration fee: $50/person.


August 8, 2018
August 12, 2018
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