Help Open Two Miles of Trail

A boardwalk built during a previous (Act II) Mobile Skills Crew project along the Ringle Segment. Photo by Dave Caliebe.

Another long-awaited section of new Ice Age Trail will be open for hikers this summer!

The stage has been set for Act III. All we need is you. Join us in our quest to open two additional miles of Ice Age Trail along the Ringle Segment!

Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event

Ringle Segment

Marathon County (Central Wisconsin)

August 13-18, 2019


IATA Mobile Skills Crew program logo

What We’re Doing

Hundreds of volunteers have spent thousands of hours building several bridges and boardwalks, setting hundreds of stones in retaining walls and staircases, painting dozens of blazes, and constructing thousands of feet of tread.

This August we will make a final push to complete, and therefore connect, the segment of Trail from Poplar Lane to Phoenix Lane.

The final components include: building bridges and boardwalks to cross lowlands; digging and picking into the soil to create sustainable tread; working with stone to build retaining walls and steps; and installing trail signage posts and painting blazes to assure safe and simple navigation. We’re also cooking and feeding the waves of volunteers who are putting in a hard day’s work.

All Talents and Abilities Welcome!

As with all Mobile Skills Crew events, no experience is necessary and there’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities.

Your participation is welcome for any amount of time you can give. Hands-on training provided by certified volunteer crew leaders gets you in the mix with no wasted time.


To help us plan this event with your needs in mind, please register by Friday, August 9th.

All participants receive free meals and (for those staying multiple days) a free place to pitch a tent.



Your contribution of time and energy is welcome for any part of the event.

The event begins Tuesday 8:00 a.m., August 13, and concludes Sunday, August 18. 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.

What to Bring

  • Long-sleeve shirts and pants for trail work; mud boots if you have them, may come in handy.
  • A change of clothes for comfort around the fire afterwards.
  • 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.
  • If camping, bring a headlamp, tent, sleeping gear, and toiletries.
  • Consider bringing a lawn chair; you’ll appreciate having it to relax around the fire in comfortable clothes at the end of the day.

Base Camp & Volunteer Check-In

Base Camp and Volunteer Check-In will be at the Dells of the Eau Claire County Park Group Camp, P2150 CTH Y, Aniwa, WI 54408. Google map directions are here.


Please contact Brad Crary (262-370-2995) or the IATA office (800-227-0046).

We hope to see you soon!

Happy Trails,

The Ringle Segment Project Team

Generous Sponsors of the 2019 Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Season include:

Sitka Salmon Shares is offering all Ice Age Trail enthusiasts and trailbuilders a $25.00 discount on your purchase of a salmon or seafood share. They’ll donate $25.00 to our award-winning Mobile Skills Crew program.

NOTE: This program made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation through generous support from The Coca-Cola Company.