Indianhead Chapter (Polk County) – Full Moon Hike

The Hike:
Watch the full moon rise as you and your guides explore the Pine Lake Segment.

Event Details:
Join us on at 6:30 PM, Friday, September 13, 2019. Bring a water bottle and a snack to share. Chapter volunteers will provide additional beverages and paper products. Telescope will be available for celestial viewing. The hike will be approximately 1 -2 miles, and take about an hour plus to hike. Plan for a 3-hour time frame to include time to socialize, snack, and view the moon and stars.

Location Details:
Find us along the Pine Lake Segment at 80th Street, Luck, WI.  Look for event signs off Hwy 48 and County Road W.
Click this link for a Google Map:

Contact Details:
Cheryl Whitman; 715 371-0048 or Dean Dversdall; 715 205-4487

Celebrate Spring with a Hike!

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Bring your tribe hiking on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.                                                         Photos by: Luke Kloberdanz, James Mills, Cameron Gillie

As the snow melts, trees bud out, and wildflowers begin adding a glimmer of color to the Trail, chapter-led hikes begin populating the Ice Age Trail Alliance calendar in earnest.

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Lodi Valley Chapter Full Moon Hike

The Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance is hosting a short walk under a full moon on Tuesday, December 13th.

Meet at the ColSac Ferry parking area (West Point)  at 7:00 pm.  We will then walk south to an overlook that will present us with a great view of the full moon, Lake Wisconsin, and Paradise Island.

Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and sturdy shoes.  This will be a short (about a mile one way) walk.  Leashed dogs are welcome.

We should have a bright night to walk. It is still good to bring a flashlight or headlamp.

For directions to the start, visit

For more information, contact Bill at 843-3926.

More moon information:

How long does a full moon last?

Probably not as long as you think. The actual moment of full moon — that time when the moon is opposite to the sun in the sky — can be found in any almanac, and in many newspapers (such as The New York Times).

Lodi Valley Chapter Full Moon Hike – Supermoon!

The Hike:

Enjoy the dramatic effect of this big, bright moon from the top of Gibraltar Rock!  It won’t be your typical Sunday night.

We will walk up to the top of Gibraltar Rock for a good look at the Beaver Moon. This is also the third “super moon” in a row…if the regular moon looks like a nickel, a super moon looks like a quarter. This is the closest the moon has been to the earth since 1948!

The full moon in November was the time to set beaver traps before the swamps froze, to ensure a supply of warm winter furs. Another interpretation suggests that the name Full Beaver Moon comes from the fact that the beavers are now actively preparing for winter. It is sometimes also referred to as the Frosty Moon.

The moon rises about 4:30 pm that day so we will be able to see the moon on a crisp, bright night.

Event details:

The hike  begins at 7 p.m.

Watch for the yellow “Ice Age Trail Event” signs.

Wear appropriate clothing and shoes for the weather.  Bring a light as it will be dark at times. This will be a short (about a mile to a mile and a half one way) walk.  Leashed dogs are welcome.

For more information, contact Bill at 843-3926 or at [email protected]

Location details:

The hike will start at the new parking area west of Gibraltar Rock on County Hwy V.

For directions visit:

hwy-v-west-parking-areaClick to enlarge

Upcoming events:

Full Moon Hike:

Our next full moon hike will be December 13th.  Watch for an announcement of our annual First Day Hike on January 1, 2017, as well as moon hikes throughout the new year.

Weekly Lodi hikes:

Also, there is an informal hiking/walking event every Friday morning.  If you are interested, meet at the Downtown Coffee Grounds at 9 am. The location and duration of the walk will be determined by whomever shows up. From there we can carpool if need be. The group hits the road by 9:30 am and is finished before noon.

Invite every one you think might be interested  – the idea is to have an open group of boon companions who like to walk and enjoy being outside!

Questions?  Call Bill at 843-3926 or email at [email protected]

“The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”  Henry David Thoreau


Lakeshore Chapter Full Moon Hike

The Hike:

There’s something quite lovely and haunting about a late Fall stroll under a full moon, along sand dunes with the waters of Lake Michigan splashing gently at the edge of Point Beach State Forest. Join the Lakeshore Chapter for this one-of-a-kind evening hike along the Point Beach Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Event Details:

The hike will be about a 3-mile round-trip to the Lake Michigan shoreline and back.

Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight or headlamp.  Hopefully, the sky will be cloudless and the super moon will light our way.

Location Details:

Parking will be at Viceroy Road (CTH-VV) near its junction with Sandy Bay Road (CTH-O), park on the north side of the road.



Lodi Valley Chapter Full Moon Hike – Hunter’s Moon

Some Native American tribes referred to October’s Moon as the Full Hunter’s Moon as it was the time to go hunting in preparation for winter. This full Moon is also called the “Travel Moon” and the “Dying Grass Moon.”

Join the Lodi Valley Chapter on a gorgeous fall hike under an October sky.  The moon hangs in the sky all night long; it rises just after sunset and sets around sunrise.  This is the type of full moon night that will have you humming strains of Van Morrisson’s famous song, Moondance.  “Well it’s a marvelous night for a moondance, With the stars up above in your eyes…”

The hike begins 7:00 p.m. from the Slack Road Trailhead of the Gibraltar Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Dress for the weather and it’s always a good idea to bring a headlamp.



Lodi Valley Chapter – Full Moon Hike in Lodi Marsh

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Lodi Marsh Segment Full Moon HikeSoak in the beauty of a late summer night, under a full moon, as you hike the rustling grasses of the Lodi Marsh.  Come solo, bring a friend, bring the kids for a special family-friendly event.

You are invited to join the Lodi Valley Chapter on a beautiful evening hike, Wednesday, September 14th, starting at 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. starting at the Twin Pines Trailhead.

It’s always a good idea to bring a flashlight or headlamp.


Full Moon Hike – Lodi Valley Chapter

Join the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance on Wednesday, July 20th, for a short walk under the full moon.

We will meet at the Horton Parking area on Hwy VJ at 7: 00 pm.

We’ll walk up to the overlook on Gibraltar Rock. Due to factors beyond our control the moon does not rise until after 9:00 pm so this will be more of a “sunset” hike!

Watch for the yellow “Ice Age Trail Event” signs.

For directions visit:

Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather and bring along a flashlight or headlamp. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Questions? Call Bill at 843-3926

“The moon is a friend for the lonesome to talk to.” – Carl Sandburg

Washington/Ozaukee Chapter Moonlight Hike

Meet at Milwaukee River Segment parking lot/trailhead on Hwy H, east of US 45 – Just west of the Milwaukee River

(See Ice Age Trail Atlas map 86f)

Hike 5 miles round trip west to Badger Rd and back. Enjoy the full moon if the clouds cooperate and stay away

Hike rated moderate; Bring water and a flashlight; State Park sticker not required

Dane Moonrise Hike, Brooklyn SWA

We’re not sure what the leader has in mind for a route for this evening hike one day before the July full moon.  However, the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area has several vantages affording a view of moonrise, as well as sunset, and the hike is sure to include one or more of them.

(See Ice Age Trail Atlas maps 67f and 68f)

Full Moon Hikes

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Photo credit: R. Roberts. A full moon rising above a fine Wisconsin prairie.

Fireflies rising from prairie grasses – little flickers of earth-side starlight; soft, velvety nighttime air freed from the heat of the day; a glowing moon on the rise – a pendant hanging from a chain of stars.

These are summer evenings in their full grandeur. A perfect way to extend them, luxuriously past dusk, is to head out for a full moon hike. Several Chapters of the Ice Age Trail Alliance are honoring July’s full moon in this manner – happily leading hikes along various segments of the Ice Age Trail. Continue reading