2018 Dane County Chapter Hike-A-Thon

Popular Hike-A-Thon is back for 2018!

In celebration of National Trails Day, join hikers, friends, family, and colleagues on the Ice Age Trail to explore Dane County and raise funds to build, maintain, and protect the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

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

  • Prairie-to-Prairie Hike – 6 miles from Prairie Moraine County Park in Verona to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona
  • Hike-a-Thon – 20 miles from Brooklyn State Wildlife Area to Badger Prairie County Park in Verona

Supporting the Ice Age Trail

Over the last 6 years, the Hike-A-Thon has raised more than $30,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance and its Dane County Chapter.

In 2018, our goal is to work together to raise more than $8,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance. We are asking all participants to make a tax-deductible gift or collect pledges of $30 or more ($40 after May 26th).

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.

The first 72 participants to register will receive a pair of Wigwam socks courtesy of Fontana Sports Specialties.

Event Details

Those participating in the 20-mile Hike-a-Thon will meet at 8 a.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, in the Dog Park parking lot on the right about 1500 feet after the park entrance. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 8:30 a.m. to take you to the start at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area. Bring a lunch and at least 16 ounces of water. We will have water stops with snacks every 3-5 miles. Porta-potties will be available along the route.

Those participating in the 6-mile Prairie-to-Prairie Hike will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, in the Dog Park parking lot on the right about 1500 feet after the park entrance. Park entrance is at 4654 Maple Grove Drive, Verona (driving directions). Buses will leave at 1 p.m. to take you to the start at Prairie Moraine County Park. Bring at least 16 ounces of water.

We anticipate that participants from both hikes will arrive at the finish line at Shelter #1 together starting around 3:30 p.m. There will be refreshments, snacks, and a celebration! Please bring a folding chair if you plan to stick around for the party.

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.

We love dogs, but please leave yours at home for this event.

Thanks to these local businesses for supporting and sponsoring the 2018 Hike-A-Thon!

Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Fontana Sports, Corporate Partners, Shop Local               

 

Click Here to Register and/or Donate

National Trails Day Hikes!

National Trail Day, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail

The Plover River Segment of the Ice Age Trail. (Photo by Cameron Gillie)

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 and there is plenty to celebrate along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Hikes That Go the Distance:

Explore new territory.

Waushara County, All Waushara County Segments: “Walk the Waush” Challenge 

Beginning June 1 through August 19th, challenge yourself, family, friends, and co-workers to lace up their walking shoes and walk as many miles as you can in 80 days and explore Waushara County’s beautiful parks and trails. (Bonus: become eligible for awards and prizes!) (Waushara County Chapter) Continue reading

Waupaca/Portage County Hike-a-thon

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Hartman Creek Segment Hike-a-thon

Photo credit: IATA Staff

Hiking the Hartman Creek Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a delightful autumn experience featuring the lovely forested and hilly terrain of Hartman Creek State Park.  Especially unique to this segment of the Trail is one of the largest erratics (enormous boulders carried by glacial ice, often over hundreds of miles from their original location) on the entire Ice Age Trail.

Experience this piece of Wisconsin beauty by joining the Waupaca and Portage County Chapters for their annual Hike-A-Thon, on Saturday, October 1st, starting at 8:30 a.m.  Enjoy a morning hike through the woods and help raise funds for Trail building, maintenance, and education.   Come solo, bring a friend, bring your entire family for this welcoming event.

The Hike-A-Thon event headquarters will be at the Hartman Lake Shelter, at the Hartman Creek State Park.  Follow the IAT Event signs once inside the Park.

Hiking Tips:

Before your hike:

  • Register between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  Participation fee: $5.00 (individual); $15.00 (family).
  • Hikers will receive a registration number and a Trail map.  Free admission to the Park on hike day.
  • Dress for the weather.  Sun, rain, and snow!
  • Bring a refillable water bottle.

During your hike:

  • Respect all plants and animals on the trail.  Please leave any natural “finds” for others to discover also.
  • Enjoy the solitude of the Trail, the colorful fall leaves, and a morning immersed in nature.
  • 4 rest stops will be available during the hike with the option to refill water and grab an apple.

After your hike:

  • Return your hiker registration number.
  • Check to see if you won a door prize.
  • Browse merchandise and educational displays.
  • Enjoy refreshments generously provided by local area merchants and volunteers.