Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter

Chapter Information

Volunteers formed the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter in 1987. They had developed the first Washington County segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, ten years earlier. Today, regularly scheduled Trail Improvement Days maintain the eight local Ice Age Trail segments under the Chapter’s care.

The Chapter enjoys a 400-strong membership and promotes the Trail by hosting hikes, like a Grandparents’ Day hike, a Fall hike, and numerous Moonlight hikes (see more hike opportunities listed below). Visit the calendar to view our upcoming events, and join us! You can also subscribe to our electronic newsletter to stay up to date with Chapter activities.

The Chapter’s “Meander the Mid-Moraine” hiking incentive program recognizes hikers who have walked all 45 miles of the Ice Age Trail (and connecting routes) traveling through Washington and Ozaukee counties. 

Contact Chapter leadership by emailing: washozctychapter@iceagetrail.org

Follow our activities via posts on our chapter Facebook page.

Trail Route from Monches to New Fane

The Ice Age Trail’s entire route through Washington County is within the margins of the Kettle Moraine. These ridges formed from rock debris deposited where the Green Bay and Lake Michigan lobes butted up against each other, often atop the Niagara Escarpment. To either side of the Kettle Moraine are drumlins and till plains left behind by each of the lobes. Wisconsin’s most distinctive geological landform is the glacier-formed kame. Kames are the result of glacial streams that flowed down through cracks or shafts in the ice sheets that rose thousands of feet above our modern landscape. Several prominent kames, such as Holy Hill, Powder Hill and a cluster known as Polk Kames, dominate this narrow landscape and offer panoramic hilltop views.

The Trail route in Washington County winds through the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Loew Lake Unit (KMSF-LLU) and Pike Lake Unit (KMSF-PLU), with a trek to Holy Hill sandwiched between. Further north the route highlights the village of Slinger, Ridge Run Park, the city of West Bend and Glacial Blue Hills Recreation Area. Toward the northern end of the county the Trail begins its traverse of the Kettle Moraine State Forest – Northern Unit (KMSF-NU) near the Milwaukee River.

Chapter Trail Segments

  • Loew Lake Segment
  • Holy Hill Segment
  • Pike Lake Segment
  • Slinger Segment
  • Cedar Lakes Segment
  • West Bend Segment
  • Kewaskum Segment
  • Milwaukee River Segment

Ice Age Trail Communities In Washington County

Chapter Meetings

The Chapter meets at 6:30 pm at the West Bend Riverside Park Pavilion on the second Tuesday of the month, with the exceptions of July, August and December. Click here for driving directions. Watch for yellow “Ice Age Trail Event” signs. We offer speakers at some of our meetings and they typically include Thousand-Milers, who have completed the entire IANST, people who have professional knowledge of Wisconsin’s geology or individuals working for environmental organizations. We save some time at the end of the meetings for socializing and an opportunity to get to know our newest volunteers. Our meetings are open to the public.


Guided hikes are offered by the chapter about once a month.  Some of them include Spring Equinox, Earth Day, National Trails Day and Fall Colors hikes.  You can find details about our guided hikes on our event calendar.

“Meander the Mid-Moraine” Hiking Award Program

Our “Meander the Mid-Moraine” hiking award program challenges hikers to complete the entire 45-mile IANST corridor through Washington County. Download the program brochure [PDF] to learn how you can join the newly minted Meanderers. You can also view a list of those who have completed the program (Meanderers [PDF]).

Volunteer With Us

The chapter has a dedicated core of active volunteers, but we can always use more help as we try to maintain existing trail, build new trail, and educate the community about the Ice Age Trail.  Below are some volunteer positions that we have available.

Trail Monitors/Segment Leaders Needed

The Ice Age Trail Alliance and National Park Service have trail standards that should be adhered to, so that the hiking experience is enjoyable and memorable. Trail issues (faded signs, tread erosion, downed trees, flooding, broken structures, etc.) should be reported to the Trail Improvement Coordinator. We can use more trail monitors/segment leaders to ensure that this is being done on a regular basis.  Please email us.

Hike Coordinators and Leaders Needed

We can always use people who are willing to coordinate and lead hikes. We have seen a steady increase in the number of hiking participants recently, and we are looking for help with organizing hikes, educating people on plant life and geological formations along the Trail, and answering questions that may arise. If you enjoy exploring the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest area and sharing your knowledge of the great outdoors, please consider becoming a volunteer hike leader. Training will be provided.

Trail Improvement Leaders Needed

The IANST requires constant maintenance, especially during the Spring, Summer, and Fall months, and some of that work involves mowing and opening up the corridor for hikers. If you think mowing and/or clearing brush or managing invasive plants is something you would like to do, please contact us. Our posts also need to be replaced and signage updated. Most of these tasks can be done on an individual or group basis at any time after minimal training. We will supply the tools.

We are working collaboratively with the Volunteer Center of Washington County. You can go to their website to check out other volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer Hour Reporting

Volunteers should track the time spent on trail work for quarterly reporting. The volunteer hours should be reported to Jeremy Vechinski at the end of March, June, September, and December. Download the individual volunteer hours log [MS Word].  Volunteer hours are sent to the National Park Service, which issues awards after different milestones are reached.

2023 Volunteer Statistics And Awards

In fiscal year 2023, our chapter had 63 adult and 11 youth / student volunteers who spent over 4000 hours volunteering with the Ice Age Trail.  The following chapter members were recognized with awards for volunteer service in 2023:

  • Lisa Pence – “In The Mud” Award
  • Lisa DeLaney – 20 Years of Service
  • Sue Munger – 20 Years of Service
  • Gary Anders – 1000 hours of service
  • Mike Fischer – 1000 hours of service
  • Jeremy Vechinski – 1000 hours of service
  • Thomas Route – 500 hours of service
  • James Jacobson – 250 hours of service
  • Steve Stangler – 250 hours of service
  • Bailey Arndt – 100 hours of service
  • James Hannas – 100 hours of service
  • Linda Mertz – 100 hours of service
  • Len Punke – 100 hours of service
  • Laura Strelow – 100 hours of service

Local Partnerships

Our Chapter promotes the IANST by building relationships with a variety of local organizations. If you are interested in becoming a partner of the Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, contact our Chapter Coordinator. We welcome the opportunity to bring our volunteers and promotional materials to any outreach event that is environment or community focused. Please contact us if you have an event you would like us to participate in.


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Contact Us

For more information on Chapter activities and/or hiking the IANST in this region, feel free to email the chapter at washozctychapter@iceagetrail.org.  Multiple chapter officers monitor the chapter email address.

Chapter Leadership

Current chapter officers and appointed positions (2024):

  • Chapter Coordinator — Steve Stangler
  • Secretary — Shana Stangler
  • Treasurer — Lisa Pence
  • Trail Improvement Coordinator – Judy Rose
  • “Meander the Mid-Moraine” Hiking Program Coordinator — Leah Bradley
  • Equipment Coordinator — Lance Henrickson
  • Membership & Volunteer Coordinator — Jeremy Vechinski
  • Promotions/Social Media Coordinator — Christopher Bossert