Patrick Gleissner

Trail Operations Coordinator

Patrick plans trailbuilding events, coordinates volunteers, and carries out trail layout, design, construction, and maintenance. His efforts ensure that the Ice Age National Scenic Trail remains a prime hiking destination for all.

Patrick dove headfirst into all-things Ice Age Trail when planning a thru-hike in the summer of 2017. After living out of a backpack for 51 days and experiencing nearly every segment, he returned home with a deep appreciation for the Trail and the people who built it. Shortly after, he volunteered at numerous Alliance-sponsored trailbuilding events.

As Trail Operations Coordinator, Patrick draws on his own experience as a volunteer to help coordinate and supervise volunteer crews.

Patrick previously worked as a seasonal guide and program director for Riverwest Outdoor Educational Adventures in Milwaukee and a climbing guide with Milwaukee Turners Climbing Gym. His passion for adventure and affinity for outdoor spaces are integral parts of his personal and professional life. Patrick enjoys backpacking and traveling in his van in his spare time, accompanied by his wife Lisa and canine pal, Piton.

Favorite Ice Age Trail Segment: Blue Hills Segment. He says, “I remember hiking for days and seeing no one else, camping at large and feeling like I was really deep in nature.”