Thousand-Milers are those who have achieved the impressive and fulfilling accomplishment of covering the entire Ice Age National Scenic Trail on foot.
Ground Rules to Achieve Thousand-Miler Status
- Hiking the entire Ice Age Trail route is necessary to qualify. This includes all established yellow-blazed Ice Age Trail segments and the unmarked connecting routes that link blazed segments.
- The only exception to the above is the bifurcation, or loop, in the central portion of the Ice Age Trail. Hiking both sides is not required. Aspiring Thousand-Milers may choose either side of the bifurcation.
- The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is intended primarily as a footpath. Hikers must cover the entire route on foot via hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Other methods (biking the connecting routes, for example) are not permitted for Thousand-Miler recognition.
- Factors of sequence, direction, speed, length of time or whether you carry a pack or not don’t affect eligibility for Thousand-Miler status.
Our policy is to operate largely on the honor system. Please respect these standards; we rely on them to be able to recognize the true achievements of Thousand-Milers.
Become Recognized as a Thousand-Miler
If you cover the entire Ice Age Trail, fill out a Thousand-Miler application and we will:
- Recognize you at our Annual Membership Conference
- Present you with a Thousand-Miler certificate and patch
- Recognize you in Mammoth Tales, our member newsletter
- Add your name to the official database of Ice Age Trail Thousand-Milers
If you’re ready to document your trip for our records, fill out and submit the Thousand-Miler Application [MS Word].