Mammoth Steps to Reconnect

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Overjoyed to Reconnect with the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Mary Johnson.

National Trails Day, Saturday, June 6, 2020

A Day to Reconnect, Refresh, and Assess.

Some days feel like they take FOREVER to get here. This year, Saturday, June 6, National Trails Day, is one of those. We’re marking its arrival by joining together and taking Mammoth Steps on behalf of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

This day will be among the first opportunities for Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteers to get back to doing what they love best: creating, supporting, and protecting the Ice Age Trail.

It’s a day to reconnect with the Trail from which they’ve been apart during the last few months.

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Trained to use their “Trail Eyes,” these experienced chapter volunteers are signing up to hike all 120 Ice Age Trail segments that weekend (June 5, 6, and 7). Their goal, beyond enjoying a day out on the Trail, is to document Trail conditions: where brush and brambles should be cut back, where perennially wet and muddy areas cause wet boots, where downed trees might be blocking the Trail, and much more.

As you may know, some Ice Age Trail segments have felt the impact of increased use during the last few months, while others still wear the effects of last summer’s storms. The information these volunteers report back will help the Alliance, and its chapters, generate the list of priorities for Trail improvement or landscape restoration needs as they reconnect with the Trail this season.

If you’d like to help out and reconnect during our upcoming Trail maintenance season, go here to sign up.

If you happen to see these fine folks out and about, on National Trails Day, please say “Hi”.

You’ll recognize them by their Ice Age Trail t-shirts and bandannas!

If you’d like to take your own Mammoth Steps on the Ice Age Trail, in celebration of National Trails Day and our public lands, here’s what YOU can do!