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Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter Hike at Monches and Loew Lake
September 15, 2015 @ 10:00 am
Please join us for a weekday morning hike. Depending upon the number of participants, there may be two hikes offered. The first one, will be through Monches, and will be approximately 3.2 miles in length. A mature maple forest is the setting for much of the Monches Segment. Hikers will enjoy glimpses of the Oconomowoc River. At the beginning of the route the segment climbs the bank remnants of glacial meltwater spillway. On top, the view across the meadow offers a nice example of forest progression.
The second option for a hike, would be through the Loew Lake Segment in Washington County, and is approximately 4.8 miles in length. This segment is a key link in the green belt between Washington and Waukesha counties and generally follows the rim of the Oconomowoc River valley winding along the Oconomowoc River and 23-acre Loew Lake. The valley served as a glacial spillway where meltwater flowed south between the Green Bay and Lake Michigan glacial lobes. The segment highlights the Loew Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, an area that offers a variety of habitats for wildlife and is extremely popular with hunters and fishermen in all seasons.
Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable hiking boots. Walking sticks and water are recommended. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under the owner’s control at all times. Don’t forget your camera!
LOCATION: MONCHES – NORTH SIDE – Click here for driving directions. We’re meeting just outside of the village of Monches. Watch for yellow “Ice Age Trail Event” signs. Roadside parking south of County Line Rd. (CTH-Q) on CTH-E. NO PARKING north of County Line Rd. (CTH-Q) on CTH-K. An off-road parking area is available 0.5 mi east in a DNR parking lot on the north side of County Line Rd. (CTH-Q). Shuttling of cars to the end points will take place prior to the hike. A Wisconsin state park sticker is required.