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Trailbuilding: New Hope-Iola Ski Hill Segment, Waupaca and Portage Counties
June 22 @ 8:00 am - June 26 @ 12:00 pm
This 1.5-mile reroute at the Iola Winter Sports Club will create a more enjoyable experience for hikers and skiers. Join us to build brand-new tread through the pines and away from established ski trails.
The new route will keep intersections with other trails to a minimum and provide unique views of the surrounding area. So, whether you’re under the shadow of the 60-meter ski jump, resting alongside a cacophonous wetland, or trekking through this segment’s big terrain, there is something at this project for everyone!
What We’re Doing
We’re starting from scratch as we build new Ice Age Trail from the trailhead near County MM toward Stoltenberg Road, creating a permanently protected route through the ski hill property. Chainsaw and grubbing crews will clear the corridor ahead of tread crews busily constructing the path. Alongside a picturesque wetland, a boardwalk crew will build a 100-foot-long structure – with a bump out for enjoying the melodic murmur of songbirds and frogs.
All Talents and Abilities Welcome!
As with all Mobile Skills Crew events, no experience is necessary. There’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities. Hands-on training provided by certified and friendly volunteer crew leaders will help you get started right away.
To help us plan this event with your needs in mind, please register by Sunday, June 19.
Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.
The event begins Wednesday, June 22, and concludes Sunday, June 26. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up by 4:30 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon.
Meals and Checking in at Base Camp/Volunteer check in information
Camping is available at the Iola Winter Sports Club, E398 County MM, Iola, WI, for those staying overnight. Conveniently, trail work is only a short distance from where you’ll pitch your tent.
A light breakfast will be provided, along with dinner, for volunteers staying overnight. Please bring beverages and meals for lunches.
What to Bring
• Please bring your own lunch for each day you are on site.
• Long-sleeve shirts and pants for trail work; mud boots if you have them, may come in handy.
• Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
• Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
• Day pack, water bottles, insect repellent, a hat and gaiters.
Please contact the Trail Team via email ([email protected]) or the IATA office (800-227-0046).
We hope to see you soon!
The Iola Ski Hill Segment Project Team
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