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Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter Hike
October 2, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pmFree
A fall hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Langlade County is Saturday, October 2. The special hike organized by the Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter is open to the public. Interested persons and groups should meet 10 a. m. at the Kettlebowl Ski Hill northeast of Antigo.
Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch. As an extra precaution during the pandemic, hikers are also encouraged to wear masks and maintain appropriate social distance on the outing.
After the hike, participants will receive a set of six Ice Age Trail post cards celebrating the official designation of the City of Antigo as an Ice Age Trail Community. The city is the fifteenth Wisconsin community to receive the special recognition by the Ice Age Trail Alliance of Cross Plains.
The fall hike will be a five-mile round trip from the ski area to Big Stone Hole on the Kettlebowl Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Big Stone Hole is a unique feature formed after the last continental glacier melted away 11,000 plus years ago from the state. Many large boulders which rolled down from the melting ice sheet atop the adjacent moraine lie in a shallow depression or kettle hole. The adjacent morainal slope is also covered with a wide area of large boulders which were plucked by the giant ice sheet as it slowly moved across the surface.
The Kettlebowl Segment is one of four Ice Age Trail stretches in Langlade County designated in 1977 by the U. S Department of the Interior as part of the National Trails System. In 1980, the Ice Age Trail was designated by federal law as a National Scenic Trail. At that time, the Ice Age Trail was one of eight in the country with the scenic trail designation within the National Trail System. Currently there are now eleven trails designated as national scenic trails.
Additional information on the hike, Ice Age National Scenic Trail and the Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter can be obtained by mail inquiry to 622 First Avenue, Antigo or by calling 715-623-2645. Information on the Ice Age Trail Community program, maps and other trail information are also available online through the Ice Age Trail Alliance website at www.iceagetrail.org and the Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter Facebook page at www.facebook.com/seeuonthetrail