Old Railroad Segment: North woods extravaganza!

Morning mist rises on one of the many lakes along the re-imagined Old Railroad Segment. Photo by Dave Caliebe.

A grand time of year to be in the north woods is when the sugar maple, oak, and aspen light up in fall colors and, at long last, the mosquitoes, gnats, and flies have had their final say for the season.

Beginning Tuesday, October 9th and continuing through Sunday, October 14th, please join us for the season-finale of the 2018 Mobile Skills Crew “Light the Candles” tour and help create a new, nearly 10-mile long, reroute of Ice Age Trail in Langlade County.

This event is all-hands-on-deck and a HUGE opportunity to elevate the hiker experience in the north woods.

IATA Mobile Skills Crew program logoMobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Event

Old Railroad Segment

Langlade County (Northern Wisconsin)

October 9 – 14, 2018

Project Map [PDF]

What We’re Doing

Re-imagining the Old Railroad Segment leads us to craft a more scenic and more sustainable route for the Ice Age Trail on Langlade County Forest lands. We’ll showcase hidden gems that even the most dedicated woodsmen may not know exist: towering old growth white pines, stands of stately hemlock inviting a moments rest, and a peaceful lake that knows no name. We’ll create a new Dispersed Camping Area (DCA), build a bridge, construct sustainable tread, sign to standard, and engage surrounding communities in the effort. There will be absolutely something to do for every age, skill, and ability during this wide-ranging project.


Your participation is welcome for any part of the event, or the entire project. Work begins on Tuesday, October 9, and concludes Sunday, October 14. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:00 a.m. and typically wrap up about 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, work ends by noon. Base camp for this event is Jack Lake – Veteran’s Memorial Park, N8375 Park Rd, Deerbrook, WI 54424 (click here for directions).

All Abilities and Talents Welcome

As with all Mobile Skills Crew events, no experience is necessary and there’s a role for volunteers of all ages and abilities…bring the whole family!

Training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders and all participants get free meals and (for those working with us for multiple days) a free place to pitch a tent.


As with all Mobile Skills Crew events, no experience is necessary and volunteers of all ages are welcome…bring the family! 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.  All participants enjoy free meals and, if spending the night, a free place to pitch a tent.

To help us plan this event with your needs in mind, please register by Friday, October 5th.

What to Bring

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • 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 and a hat.
  • 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.


Please contact Brad Crary (262-370-2995, brad@iceagetrail.org) or the IATA office (800-227-0046).

This project is made possible by a funding award from the Antigo Rotary Club Foundation and National Park Service Outdoor Foundation.

Additional support for the 2018 Mobile Skills Crew Trailbuilding Season came from these generous season-long sponsors:

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, REI CO-OP corporate partner, Mobile Skills Crew program 2017 Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Wigwam Socks, Corporate Partner

We hope to see you soon!

Happy Trails,

The Old Railroad Segment MSC Project Team