National Trails Day Hike – Washington/Oz Co Chapter

Pike Lake Segment

Please join us as we partner with the Friends of Pike Lake for their Discovery Day event.  As part of that event, and to celebrate National Trails Day, we will offer a guided hike on the Pike Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail.  As we hike the IAT and other trails in the park, we see glacial features and climb a large glacial kame (Powder Hill).

No Wisconsin state park sticker is required, as this is the DNR’s Free Fun Weekend.

LOCATION: Beach Parking Lot, Pike Lake Unit, Kettle Moraine State Forest, east of Hartford. Click here for driving directions. Watch for yellow “Ice Age Trail Event” signs.

HIKE DESCRIPTION: We will take the Ice Age Trail east from the beach parking lot entrance, making a quick side trip to climb the observation tower on top of Powder Hill.  We will return to the parking lot using the orange trail, which runs along the shore of Pike Lake.  Total hike distance will be approximately 3 miles.  (Participants can return on the green trail on their own to reduce the distance.)

WHAT TO BRING: Wear comfortable hiking boots and dress appropriately for the weather. Bring water and insect repellant.

HIKE LEADER: Mark Muellenbach

This event is generously sponsored by:

National Trails Day: Family Hike Along the Greenwood Segment – Waushara County Chapter

An Adventure is Meant to be Shared!

Lace up your hiking boots and gather your family and friends. Join fellow hikers, in celebration of National Trails Day, for a hike along the Greenwood Segment as it travels through the Greenwood State Wildlife Area.

The Hike:

Meander along the rolling terrain of the Greenwood Segment through savanna, grasslands, and prairie to the Pine Tree Point. From there, you’ll enjoy a panoramic view of an open prairie edged by oak savanna, while relaxing on a beautifully crafted log bench.

Event Details:

Bring the whole family and enjoy this free, self-guided hike. Walk at your own pace or as a group, including our four-legged friends (please keep your dogs leashed). Participants may use this hike’s mileage toward their Walk-the-Waush goal. In case of inclement weather, the hike will be canceled. All participants will receive a 2022 National Park Service Bandana, while supplies last.

What to Bring:

Hiking boots are ideal although tennis shoes can work, too. Dress in layers to accommodate Wisconsin’s weather. Bring a filled water bottle, insect repellant, and a lawn chair for relaxing in after the hike.

Directions:

We’ll meet at the Greenwood Segment parking lot located on Brown Deer Court. From County Road C, take County Road GG to the first right which is Brown Deer Court. Follow the yellow Ice Age Trail Event signs.  Google Map Directions hereTrailhead in Hiker Resource Map here.

Questions?

Contact: Jenny Addis, Chapter Coordinator, (call: 715-802-3456, email: [email protected])

This event is generously sponsored by:

 

Trailtessa 2022 – Be a Nature Princess At Any Age

Be a Nature Princess…at any age

June 4, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. 
Dunes Segment, Manitowoc County

Nature princesses use dip nets to catch snails, dragonfly larva, and other pond creatures. They meet frogs, toads and salamanders and learn what they sound like. Princesses stomp through puddles and follow yellow blazes. They will also enjoy a healthy snack and make a nature crown.

Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Two Rivers
Cost: $5/child

 

Registration is now OPEN.

Contact Woodland Dunes directly to register: Jessica Johnsrud, [email protected], or call the Nature Center at 920-793-4007.

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to Trailtessa events.

 

Trailtessa [treyl-tes-sah], noun: a woman or girl who gets out on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to experience adventure, freedom and a new way to be. Trailtessa Retreats are events designed by women for women. Re-discover YOU with plenty of permission. Be any way you want to Be.

Thank you Trailtessa partners:

National Trails Day Hike – Rock County

Join us in hiking from the North Pavilion in Riverside Park to the rustic cabin in the Janesville School Outdoor Lab. We first hike the Devils Staircase Trail and on to the Arbor Ridge segment. 5.2 miles round trip with a stop at the cabin for snacks and drinks.

This event is generously sponsored by:

 

Walla Hi Segment National Trails Day Hike – Lakeshore Chapter

The Hike:

Join us for a 2.3-mile (total) out-and-back hike along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail as it travels through the 160-acre Walla Hi County Park (Manitowoc County). The route offers both beauty and challenge as it meanders up and down through heavily forested oak and beech trees and around moss-covered erratics to Slab Hill.  Walla Hi is one of the northernmost examples of the high hummocky terrain found in the kettle moraine.

Event Details:

We expect the hike to take about 1.5 hours. Wear appropriate clothing, and bring water and mosquito repellent. Hikers should be aware of the logging operation in the park removing the dead Scotch pine and ash trees.

Location Details:

Walla Hi County Park. Meet in the lower parking lot by the bridge. The hike is 2.3 miles and will take about 1.5 hours. Atlas 91f, Walla Hi Segment

This event is generously sponsored by:

 

Mammoth Fun-Run & Hike – Lodi Valley Chapter

Celebrate National Trails DaySaturday, June 4 – with a family-friendly, great-for-all-ages Mammoth Fun-Run & Hike hosted by the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and sponsored by AKHG. Enjoy the beautiful Lodi Marsh Segment as you run or hike to the Finish Line in Lodi, an Ice Age Trail Community!

Events: 6K run or a 6K hike (distances are approximate). VIEW and DOWNLOAD COURSE MAP HERE.

Event Details:

Location: The event will START and END at Doctor’s Park (220 S. Main Street). A shuttle will take participants to the start along the Lodi Marsh Segment of the Ice Age Trail. Participants will run or hike their way back into Trail Community, Lodi, WI.

Event Check-In: All participants need to check in with event volunteers at Doctor’s Park prior to boarding the shuttle. Registration and Check-In begins at 8:00 a.m. The last shuttle to the trailhead will leave from the registration site at 8:40 a.m.  (Please leave Fido at home. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle bus. Thank you for understanding.)

Race start: The Fun-Run & Hike will begin at 9 a.m

Registration: Register online now. Day-of event registrations will also be accepted.

About the Event:

Expect:

  • A beautiful trail with lovely views.
  • Trail prizes.
  • Homemade treats.
  • Good times for all!

Come for the event and stay for the Lodi Sausage Company brat stand on Main Street, the Lodi Library portable climbing wall, and the Spring Street Market.

Donations: Donations to the Lodi Valley Chapter are encouraged to further corridor protection, trailbuilding, and trail maintenance.

  • Donate $25.00 and receive an Ice Age Trail bandana while supplies last!

This National Trails Day Event is generously sponsored by:  

 

Tyke Hike – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

Tyke Hikes are back!

The Hike:

Join us on a family-friendly hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail on a paved trek along the Bark River! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of Waukesha County’s Hartland Segment. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend!

Tyke Hikes are short, slow-paced hikes. Specifically, they can cover up to 1.5 miles over the course of 1-2 hours. Kids explore, discover and participate in natural play on these hikes. Peter Dargatz leads the Tyke Hike. He is a forest kindergarten teacher as well as an Ice Age Trail volunteer. He often includes a picture book story, educational materials and certificates for children.

Tyke Hike Details:

This hike will start out at the beginning of the Hartland Segment trailhead. We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and return. There will be occasional stops for play and exploration –  stops at the playground are likely! Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. Bring water.

Location Details:

The yellow Tyke Hike Signs will guide you to the meeting point at Hartland’s Centennial Park parking lot.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them.

 

Get lost in the right direction with us!

 

Trailtessa 2022: Be BLISSFUL

Be BLISSFUL

February 19, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hartman Creek Segment, Portage and Waupaca Counties

Pure bliss: A snowshoe hike through a blanket of sparkling snow. Come for an introduction to snowshoeing by local experts and enjoy a guided hike along the Hartman Creek Segment. If needed, snowshoes will be provided by REI (for free). Make new friends, warm your hands at a post-hike bonfire, and enjoy homemade, locally-sourced treats.

Hartman Creek State Park
Registration limit: 50 women and girls
Cost: $15/attendee. Girls under 18, free.

Register now.

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to Trailtessa events.

 

Trailtessa [treyl-tes-sah], noun: a woman or girl who gets out on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to experience adventure, freedom and a new way to be. Trailtessa Retreats are events designed by women for women. Re-discover YOU with plenty of permission. Be any way you want to Be.

Thank you Trailtessa partners:
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, REI CO-OP corporate partner, Mobile Skills Crew program 2017
       

Trail Community Event: Light Up Cross Plains

Light Up Cross Plains 

Saturday, December 4 at Twenty Twenty Main (2020 Main Street, Cross Plains WI 53528)

Photo Cameron Gillie, Around Wisco.

The Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to the first ever Light Up Cross Plains event on Saturday, December 4  at Twenty Twenty Main (2020 Main Street, Cross Plains).

Join us for a guided hike at 3:00 pm. Look for the Ice Age Trail Alliance canopy tent.

The hike will be approximately 3-miles. We will explore part of the Cross Plains Segment to the north of Highway 14/Main Street.  Enjoy woodlands, the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Andersen Preserve, a savanna restoration area, the Hickory Hill Conservation Park and of course, the lighting of the  tree at 4:45 pm.

Other activities include:

  • Deliciously Deebs cookie decoration and purchase from 2:30-4:00pm
  • Lighting of the Hickory Hill Tree at 4:45pm
  • Fire pits, hot chocolate and s’mores from 2:30 – 6:00 pm

For more information, visit the Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce Facebook event.

Hike-A-Thon – Central Moraines Chapter

Celebrate the Central Moraines Chapter’s 3rd Annual Hike-A-Thon

Join hikers, friends, family and colleagues for a great time exploring the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Marathon County and help raise funds to conserve, create, maintain, and promote this national treasure.

Participants will hike on the popular Dells of the Eau Claire Segment of the Ice Age Trail, near Aniwa in northcentral Wisconsin. Build your own round trip hike or choose one of these exciting options:

  • Self-paced hike along the Dells Segment from beach-side shelter to CTH Z and back, then (to complete the entire segment) to Sportsman Drive & back (5.2 miles total – 2.6 each way)
  • Guided loop hike along the Ice Age Trail and selected park trails (slightly less than 2 miles). This hike, open to the first 25 hikers who registered for it, is full.  Please sign up for the self-paced hike instead.

Supporting the Ice Age Trail

Our goal is to raise $4,000 to support the work of the Central Moraines Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

  • Suggested minimum donation: $20.00 (a tax-deductible gift) per adult participant, or collect a minimum donation of $20 through pledges. (Alliance-member price)
  • Individuals not currently members of the Ice Age Trail Alliance can donate at least an additional $30 to have the option of a one-year Alliance membership.
  • Hikers under age 18 hike free when accompanied by an adult.

Registration is Closed

  • An event day update will be emailed to all participants prior to Saturday, September 25, 2021.

Event Details

  • Breakfast foods, grab and go snacks, and water will be available to hikers throughout the event.
  • Sign in will be at the open shelter near the park’s beach parking area (park map).
  • The guided hike will depart from the sign in area at 10 am, with sign in anytime between 8 am and 10 am.
  • Self-paced hikers can sign in anytime between 8 am and 12 pm.
  • Sign-out for all hikers is by 3:00 pm.

Driving Directions

The Dells of the Eau Claire County Park is located on Marathon County Y, about 20 miles northeast of Wausau.

Event Sponsors

Thank you to these area business sponsors for their generous support of our 2021 Hike-A-Thon!

 

Please Note

We will follow, and expect all participants to follow, Covid 19 and variants CDC guidelines in effect at the time of the event.

In the event of severe or threatening weather, for safety reasons, we may need to cancel this event last minute.  If this happens, we will be unable to refund donations.

Pets are welcome but must be on leash and under control at all times.

Tyke Hike – Stoney Ridge Segment – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

The Tyke Hike:

Join us on a Tyke Hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of the Stoney Ridge Segment in Waukesha County. Families with children of all ages should attend!

These hikes give kids the opportunity to explore, discover and participate in natural play. Most hikes include a picture book story and educational materials as well as certificates for children. In addition, service opportunities may be included. They last approximately 1-2 hours and can cover up to 1.5 miles. Tyke Hikes are led by Peter Dargatz, a forest kindergarten teacher and Ice Age Trail volunteer.

Tyke Hike Details:

We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and then return. There will be occasional stops for play and exploration along the way. Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes/hiking boots. Most importantly, bring water.

Location:

This hike will start out at the Emma Carlin Trailhead near Palmyra, WI.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them for you.

“Get lost in the right direction” with us!

Tyke Hike – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

The Hike:

Join us on a Tyke Hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of the Waterville Segment in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Families with children of all ages should attend!

These hikes give kids the opportunity to explore, discover and participate in natural play. Most hikes include a picture book story and educational materials as well as certificates for children. In addition, service opportunities may be included. They last approximately 1-2 hours and can cover up to 1.5 miles. Tyke Hikes are led by Peter Dargatz, a forest kindergarten teacher and Ice Age Trail volunteer.

Hike Details:

We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and then return. There will be occasional stops for play and exploration along the way. Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes/hiking boots. Most importantly, bring water.

Location Details:

This hike will start out at the UW-Waukesha Fieldstation, W349 S1480 Waterville Rd, Oconomowoc, WI 53066.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them for you.

 

 

 

“Get lost in the right direction” with us!

Tyke Hike – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

The Hike:

Join us on a Tyke Hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of the Lapham Peak Segment in the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Families with children of all ages should attend!

These hikes give kids the opportunity to explore, discover and participate in natural play. Most hikes include a picture book story and educational materials as well as certificates for children. In addition, service opportunities may be included. They last approximately 1-2 hours and can cover up to 1.5 miles. Tyke Hikes are led by Peter Dargatz, a forest kindergarten teacher and Ice Age Trail volunteer.

Hike Details:

We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and then return. There will be occasional stops for play and exploration along the way. Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes/hiking boots. Most importantly, bring water. Lapham Peak requires a State Parks sticker or a day use pass to park your vehicle.

Location Details:

This hike will start out at Lapham Peak’s Observation Tower, W329 N846, County C, Delafield, WI 53018.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them for you.

 

 

“Get lost in the right direction” with us!

Tyke Hike – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

The Hike:

Join us on a family-friendly hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of Waukesha County’s Hartland Segment. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend!

Tyke Hikes are short, slow-paced hikes. Specifically, they can cover up to 1.5 miles over the course of 1-2 hours. Kids explore, discover and participate in natural play on these hikes. In addition, service opportunities may be included. Peter Dargatz leads the Tyke Hike. He is a forest kindergarten teacher as well as an Ice Age Trail volunteer. He often includes a picture book story, educational materials and certificates for children.

Tyke Hike Details:

This hike will start out at the beginning of the Hartland Segment trailhead. We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and return. There will be occasional stops for play and exploration. Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes/hiking boots. Bring water.

Location Details:

The yellow Tyke Hike Signs will guide you to the meeting point at Hartland’s Centennial Park parking lot.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them.

 

Get lost in the right direction with us!

 

Tyke Hike – Waukesha/Milwaukee Co. Chapter

The Hike:  – CANCELLED – With the wet conditions, more rain possible, and little chance of significant drying, tonight’s Tyke Hike is canceled. Sorry for any inconvenience, but we hope to see you next Tuesday at 10AM at Centennial Park in Hartland.

Join us on a family-friendly hike to explore Wisconsin’s own Ice Age National Scenic Trail! We will explore a tyke-sized portion of the Merton Segment in Waukesha County. Families with children of all ages are encouraged to attend!

Tyke Hikes are short, slow-paced hikes. They last approximately 1-2 hours and can cover up to 1.5 miles. These hikes focus on exploration, discovery, service opportunities and natural play. Peter Dargatz, a forest kindergarten teacher and Ice Age Trail volunteer leads the Tyke Hike. He often includes a picture book story, educational materials and certificates for children.

Tyke Hike Details:

This hike will start out at the beginning of the Merton Segment trailhead. We will hike for approximately 45 minutes and return, occasionally stopping for play and exploration. Hikers should dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes/hiking boots. Bring water.

Location Details:

The yellow Tyke Hike Signs will guide you to the meeting point at the Ice Age Trail parking lot off of E. Kilbourne Rd.

Contact Information:

Questions? Peter will answer them for you.

Please come “get lost in the right direction” with us!

2021 Dane County Chapter Hike-a-Thon

Hike-a-Thon patch

The 2021 Dane County Hike-a-Thon is a month-long, hike-on-your own event. Get out and enjoy the trail in June and support the Dane County Land Fund!

Participants will receive a nifty patch (above) and access to a virtual speaker series on Tuesday evenings in June. There will also be Saturday drop-in “Connect” events at designated trailheads, and an online auction.

All proceeds benefit the Dane County Land Fund to support our efforts to “Grow the Trail” in Dane County.

Suggested donation: $50 per household.

More information.

Register.

Trail Community Celebration – Welcome Sturgeon Bay – Lakeshore Chapter

A family orients to their map before hiking along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Avenson Photography.

Ice Age Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Trail Communities, Ice Age Trail Community logoWelcome Sturgeon Bay!

The City of Sturgeon Bay (Door County) is the most recent addition to the Ice Age Trail Community roster. “The Ice Age Trail Alliance is thrilled to add Sturgeon Bay, home to Potawatomi State Park and the eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail, as a Trail Community,” states Mike Wollmer, Executive Director and CEO. “We are proud the Trail is a part of this community and look forward to increasing our impact on a local level.”

Event Details:

Join the Lakeshore Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Destination Sturgeon Bay for a Trail Community Designation Celebration hike at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the starting point of the Ice Age Trail in Potawatomi State Park.

The guided hike is 1.7 miles to the first shelter (a shuttle will be provided for those hikers who do not wish to hike back to the parking lot). For those hikers doing an out and back to the parking lot, the total hike is 3.4 miles and should take about 2 hours.

Please RVSP to Cheryl Gorsuch, hike leader, if you are planning to attend the hike (email [email protected]).

Location Details:

Meet at the Ice Age Trail parking lot at the ski hill in Potawatomi State Park (see park map).

(Google map to Potawatomi State Park.)

Explore Sturgeon Bay:

Stop by downtown Sturgeon Bay and visit the Lakeshore Chapter information table outside of Bayshore Outfitters (59 North Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay) and meet Monty the Mammoth, the Ice Age Trail mascot, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm.

A short announcement about Sturgeon Bay becoming an Ice Age Trail Community will be made at the Martin Park pavilion at 1:30 pm, along with another opportunity to meet Monty the Mammoth.

Make plans to attend the Sturgeon Bay Art Fair as well at Martin Park ( South 3rd Ave) and enjoy lunch and shopping in Sturgeon Bay.

All smiles! A family enjoys a day-hike in the Potawatomi State Park. Photo by Lisa Jones.

A calming view awaits at the Potawatomi Park Overlook. Photo by Avenson Photography.

A family enjoys quality time along the harbor in Sturgeon Bay. Photo by CRG Photography.

 

2020 Central Moraines Chapter Hike-A-Thon

 

Celebrate the Central Moraines Chapter’s 2nd Annual Hike-A-Thon

Join hikers, friends, family and colleagues for a great time exploring the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Marathon County and help raise funds to build, maintain, and protect this national treasure.

Participants will hike on newly constructed Ice Age Trail near Ringle, Wisconsin. Build your own round trip hike or choose one of these exciting round trip options:

  • Poplar Lane to the Mountain Bay State Trail and back:  3.4 miles
  • Poplar Lane to Hatley and back:  6.8 miles
  • Poplar Lane to Hoot Owl Drive and back:  7 miles
  • Poplar Lane to County Hwy N and back:  11.2 miles

 

Supporting the Ice Age Trail

 

Our goal is to raise $3000 for the Central Moraines Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We are asking all participants to register and to make a tax deductible gift or collect pledges of $20 (individuals) or $30 (families) or more.

Hike-A-Thon registration will close on Sunday, October 11, 2020 and an event day update will be emailed to all participants prior to Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Those who are not currently Alliance members and donate or raise $50 or more have the option of a one-year Alliance membership.

To register for this event or to make a gift in support of another hiker, please use the link at the bottom of this page.

 

Event Details

Breakfast foods, trail snacks, and water will be provided.

Check-in will be anytime between 8 am and 12 pm near the Ringle Segment’s, Poplar Road parking area-free parking (driving directions). Check-out is by 3:00 pm.

 

Event Sponsors

Thank you to these area business sponsors for their generous support of our 2020 Hike-A-Thon!

Please Note

Due to the continuing threats of Covid 19, we are asking all hikers to wear a mask, during registration or while in the registration area; to disinfect hands prior to taking or handling food items; and to sanitize the bathroom after use.   Hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, and paper towels will be provided.  This is to protect our hikers and event volunteers.  Masks can be removed during the hike, but we are asking that social distancing rules be followed at all times.

In the event of severe or threatening weather, for safety reasons, we may need to cancel this event last minute.  If this happens, we will be unable to refund donations.

Pets are welcome but must be on leash and under control at all times.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED

Enhance Biodiversity Through Seed Collecting!

By Eva Ballering, Land Steward at the Ice Age Trail Alliance
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Prairie, Sunset, Summer
A blooming prairie in summer: insects buzz from flower to flower, enriching themselves on sweet nectar. Thick leaves rustle loudly in the hot humid air. Purples and yellows blend together at the horizon. Photo by Eva Ballering.
Following the phenology of the season can be one of life’s greatest pleasures for prairie enthusiasts. With the late summer burst of color, in its final hurrah for the season, the majority of plants start to wind down and prepare for winter. Although this is a notable event, the prairie has been busy all season.  By the time the prairie is in full bloom, many species have already taken their turn to flower, attract pollinators, and produce seed.

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Mammoth Beauty Celebration!

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mammoth Steps, National Trails Day, Lodi Marsh Segment, Dane County
A mother and son enjoy a spring saunter on the Lodi Marsh Segment in Dane County. Photo by Joshua Fager.
Imaginehikers safely sauntering along the entire Ice Age National Scenic Trail from end to end in a single day!

Imagineif they photographed the best features of the Ice Age Trail along the way: the expansive views, tread unfurling ahead, and ephemerals peeking up from the forest floor.

Imaginea snapshot of the Ice Age Trail, in its entirety, as it looks on a single day!

This vision could become a reality with your help.

We have 120 Ice Age Trail segments waiting for you to enjoy, camera in hand and eyes finely-tuned for beauty, as part of our National Trails Day celebration on Saturday, June 6.

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Spring’s Woodland Beauties

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Woodland flowers on the IAT, Refuge in uncertain times, COVID-19, pandemic
Hepatica blooms along the Gibraltar Rock Segment of the Ice Age Trail. Photo by Nazan Gillie.
It’s a pleasant surprise to find small, dainty wildflowers peeking up through rough, brown leaves scattered across the forest floor. Such delicate beauty after a stark, frozen winter. Their emergence is a less a lesson about timing and patience, than it is of hardiness. They barely wait for a thawing earth before they surface and each year, it seems, their hardiness is tested as they endure one last snowy lashing of winter.

As you turn your face to the sun and head out on a hike, be on the look out for these woodland beauties:

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Give Forest Bathing a Try!

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Forest Bathing, Shinrin-Yoku, Milwaukee River SEgment
Along the Milwaukee River Segment of the Ice Age Trail. Photo by Cameron Gillie.
The term “forest bathing” may bring up some odd images and a few questions, but in Japan, forest bathing, called “Shinrin-yoku” in Japanese, is a leisurely visit to a forest. Shinrin means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So Shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses. The aim of forest bathing is to slow down and let ourselves become immersed in the natural environment around us. Continue reading

This Land is Your Land: National Public Lands Day hike with the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, the Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will sponsor a free 2-5-7-mile guided hike on September 28 as an introduction to Wisconsin’s 1200+ mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Roughly following the southernmost edge of the last glaciation, this narrow primitive trail travels through some of the most dramatic and varied terrain in the state.

Details:

Hike 2, 5, or 7 miles!

Two-mile or Seven-mile Hikers:

  • Meet at 9:00 am at the Esterly Road  Ice Age Trail parking lot for a varied and scenic two-mile hike along the eskers, ending at Highway 12.
  • After a short break (with snacks and water), the two-mile hikers will be shuttled back to the starting point.
  • Those hiking seven miles will continue to the end point at the Oleson cabin where you will be shuttled back to your vehicle.

Five-mile Hikers:

  • Join us at the Highway 12 Ice Age Trail trailhead parking lot by 9:45 am to join those hiking on to the historic Oleson cabin.
  • This section of trail features dramatic long-range views, a lake, and colorful prairies — followed by challenging hills, a pine woods, and a series of ponds and springs.
  • Five-mile hikers and seven-mile hikers who parked at Esterly Road or Highway 12 will be driven back to their cars by chapter volunteers.

Snacks and water will be available both at the Highway 12 lot and at the Oleson cabin.

Family Hikes!

Guided exploration hikes for families with school-age children will leave from the cabin at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:30 to explore a wooded section of the Ice Age Trail about a mile in length.  Long pants and sturdy shoes are strongly recommended.

The historic Oleson cabin will be open to visitors between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.  Parking is available along Duffin Road.  (Insider’s tip: to avoid roof and hood damage, do not park under the walnut trees!)

Lake La Grange along the Blackhawk Segment offers a scenic moment along the 7-mile hike! Photo by Ellen Davis.

Hiking Maps:

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map pages 78f and 79f [PDF]

Parking Details:

Esterly Road Trailhead: 

View a map of the Esterly Road trailhead here. Click here for Google map directions.

Hwy 12 Parking Lot:

View a map of the Hwy 12 trailhead here. Click here for Google map directions.

Questions?

Contact Ellen Davis at 262-740-1113.

2019 Central Moraines Chapter Hike-A-Thon

Join us for the Central Moraines Chapter’s inaugural Hike-A-Thon!

In celebration of National Trails Day (Saturday, June 8th, 2019), join hikers, friends, family, and colleagues to explore the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Marathon County and raise funds to build, maintain, and protect the Trail.

Participants can choose one of two hikes along the Ice Age Trail:

  • State Road 52 to County Road HH: 2.6 miles
  • Sportsman Drive to County Road HH: 5.7 miles

Supporting the Ice Age Trail

Our goal is to work together to raise more than $3,000 for the Central Moraines Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We are asking all participants to make a tax-deductible gift or collect pledges of $20 or more (individuals) or $30 or more (families).

Those who are not currently Alliance members who donate or raise $50 or more have the option to start a one-year Alliance membership.

To register yourself for the event or to make a gift in support of someone else, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

Event Details

Shuttles and refreshments will be provided.

Participants should check in anytime between 9 and noon on the day of the event. Check-in headquarters will be at the Plover River Segment’s County Road HH parking lot (driving directions).

Event Sponsors

Thanks to these local businesses for supporting and sponsoring the 2019 Hike-A-Thon!

Please Note

In the event of severe or threatening weather, we may need to cancel the Hike-a-Thon at the last minute for safety reasons. If this happens, we will be unable to refund donations.

Pets are welcome but must be on leash at all times.

Online Registration Is Now Closed. Please Register/Donate On-Site.