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.

You can get a Hike-A-Thon T-shirt for an additional $5 donation per person. T-shirts will only be available to hikers that register before or on Thursday, September 24, 2020.  All t-shirts will be handed out during the Hike-A-Thon (no mailings). 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.

 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND/OR DONATE

 




Hike Responsibly: 13 Things to Know

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Bohn Lake Segment, Washara County. Photo by Dave Caliebe.
The weather is perfect: sunshine, a light breeze, blue sky. It’s ideal hiking conditions. However, our nation is in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic. What’s a responsible hiker and Ice Age Trail enthusiast to do?

Help Flatten the Curve:  

  1. Stay Local. Limit travel to within your community (or county). If you do not live near an Ice Age Trail segment, please enjoy your local county or city parks, or your own back yard.
  2. Let Go. Set aside your Thousand-Miler goal, whether it was to section-hike segments, or to begin a long-distance, multi-day thru-hike.

Hike Responsibly, if You Choose to Hike: Continue reading

The IAT & Closing/Reopening of Public Land

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What to Know Before You Go!

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is open (except where it crosses federally owned land in the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest).

As of 5/01/2020, 34 of the 40 state parks, forests, and natural areas, previously closed, will now be reopened.

Reopening does NOT extend to restrooms, campsites, towers, shelters, playgrounds, nature centers, headquarters, contact stations, and concession buildings. These facilities remain closed until May 26, 2020. Continue reading

Give Forest Bathing a Try!

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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

Nature’s Wildness is a Necessity

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The Hartman Creek Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity.”

~John Muir, environmentalist and author of Our National Parks, 1901

Mountains are hard to come by in Wisconsin. Yet, we have the excellent fortune of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail wending its way through the state. The Ice Age Trail provides us with the necessary wildness and opportunity to come home.  A vigorous hike or leisurely walk on a favorite segment of this thousand-mile footpath lets us, the “tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized,” reacquaint ourselves with a vital source of well-being, nature. Continue reading

Coronavirus/COVID-19 and the Ice Age Trail

A hiker admires an early spring bloomer along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
A hiker admires an early spring bloomer along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.
Updated 3/26/2020 in light of the Safer-At-Home order [PDF] issued by Governor Evers on Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance’s highest priority is the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and hiking community during the rapidly evolving health concern of the Coronavirus/COVID-19. Continue reading

Hunting Season and Hiking the Ice Age Trail

A woman and her dog wear blaze orange on the Ice Age Trail in fall.

Photo by Paulette Walker Smith

There can be a lot of details to navigate when you hike the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin’s fall and winter seasons: hunting season dates, trail closures on private property, and public lands where the Trail is open and hunting is also allowed.

Visit our Hunting Seasons and the Ice Age Trail page to get a full breakdown of all the things to consider. Here are the main things you’ll want to remember: 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.

2019 Dane County Chapter Hike-A-Thon

Popular Hike-A-Thon is back for 2019!

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 – 5 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 7 years, the Hike-A-Thon has raised more than $30,000 for the Ice Age Trail Alliance and its Dane County Chapter.

In 2019, our goal is to work together to raise more than $6,000 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 24th).

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 parking lot adjacent to Shelter #1. 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 provide three (3) water stops with snacks every 3-5 miles. Porta-potties will be available along the route.

Those participating in the 5-mile Prairie-to-Prairie Hike will meet at 12:30 p.m. at Badger Prairie County Park, in the parking lot adjacent to Shelter #1. 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. If the cancellation of the event is necessary due to weather, every effort will be made to contact all participants by email on May 31st.

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

Thanks to these local businesses for supporting and sponsoring the 2019 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




Lodi Valley Chapter Mammoth Fun Run and Hike

The Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance invites you to have a blast at the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike on Saturday, June 2. Join us for this National Trails Day celebration on the unique Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Events: 6k run, a 6k hike (distances are approximate)
Location: Lodi Marsh Segment of the Ice Age Trail, Lodi, WI

Event details

Registration: Registration will take place on the day of the event from 8:00-8:40 am at Doctor’s Park (corner of Hwy 113 & County Rd K in Lodi – directions here). Please bring your completed Registration Form [PDF] with you. Race day registration only.

Race start: Races will begin at 9 am. The last shuttle to the trailhead will leave from the registration site at 8:40 am.

Donations:
Donations to the IATA Lodi Valley Chapter are encouraged to further corridor protection and trail building & maintenance. Donate $25 or more and receive an Ice Age Trail bandana (while supplies last).

About the event

The Mammoth Fun Run & Hike is a family-oriented event hosted by the Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Expect a beautiful trail with lovely views, fantastic prizes, unofficial timing, homemade treats, free chair massages, & good times for all! Well-behaved dogs welcome on leash.

Download the Mammoth Fun Run & Hike Event Poster [PDF]

National Trails Day Hikes!

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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

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.

Continue reading

Backpacking Workshop Series

A weekend backpacker pauses to catch his breath and take in the views along the IAT. Photo by Cameron Gillie.

Deepen your backpacking know-how with plenty of advice from backpacking experts. If you’re carefully considering a thru-hike on the Ice Age Trail as your next big adventure, or if you’re dreaming and scheming about how to section-hike the Trail in weekend jaunts, then these sessions are for you!

Join us on Saturday, April 14th at the Blue Harbor Resort in beautiful Sheboygan!

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Trip Planning, Logistics, and Navigation.
Do you wonder how, exactly, to start planning your thousand-mile journey? If you feel a little confused, you’re not alone. The good news is there is a wealth of resources and IATA staff is eager to demystify them. You’ll learn the ins and outs of the interactive map including Trail conditions, as well as, the helpful details embedded in the Mammoth Tracks app. You’ll get the inside scoop about how to connect with chapter leaders; how to use the Thousand-Miler spreadsheet; the nitty-gritty of resupply, shuttles, and trail angels; and how to use social media to network with other hikers. Continue reading

Interactive Hiker Resource Map

Clicking on a feature in the map will bring up more information, such as the name and length of an IAT segment.

The NEW interactive Hiker Resource Map shows all official Ice Age National Scenic Trail segments and (unsigned) connecting routes, and additional features such as camping, parking, water, ColdCache sites, and Ice Age Trail Communities.  The map works on computers and mobile devices.

We like how intuitive it is. Hover over an icon to gain more information. Click on the options offered on the toolbar (see above example) to expand the information available. Continue reading

Be a Nature Princess … At Any Age!

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Be Fanciful. Be a Force of Nature. Be a Nature Princess…at any age! Make a crown, dust off your boots, and come explore the wild kingdom on the Dunes Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Woodland Dunes Nature Center staff.

Be Adventurous. Do Princesses climb trees and get dirty? Absolutely. This program, inspired by the children’s book, “Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?”, is designed to be a royally good time, packed with opportunities to get out and get messy. Continue reading

Backpacking the Ice Age Trail

We’ve hit our group-size limit for this event. We hope you’ll join us next time!

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Join us for a 4-day backpacking trip in one of the most pristine sections of the Ice Age Trail – the Chequamegon National Forest. This outing is a collaboration of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and the Verona Ice Age Trail Community.

Trip Details

Dates: Monday, September 18th – Thursday, September 21, 2017 (departing at 7:30 a.m. from the Old County Road PB park & ride in Verona) Continue reading

Let’s Light Up the Night!

The Hike:

Enjoy the Ice Age Trail by the light of the moon or by the light of your headlamp. Either way you are in for a treat as the beauty of the trail takes on a new dimension – one typically not experienced by those of us who enjoy our walks in sunlight.

This guided hike is approx. 1.5 miles in length.

This is a FREE night time Family Fun Hike hosted by the Waushara County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance! A limited supply of FREE Glow Bands will be available.

Event Details:

Date & Time: Saturday, August 12th from 8:30PM ~ 9:30PM

Start time: Gather at 7:45pm (to get our glow on) with the hike starting at 8:30pm.

Return time: Approx. 9:30pm.

What to wear: Dress up in your favorite “Glow in  the Dark” Clothing, Bracelets, Necklaces, Light Sabers, Long Pants and enclosed Shoes (NO Flip-Flops!). Flashlights and headlamps are recommended for safe travel use if needed. To dim, red covers will be provided. Don’t forget  ~ Bring a Friend and Bug Spray!

Note: Event will be cancelled due to inclement weather (rain, high winds).

Location Details:

Town of Hancock, in the Greenwood Wildlife Area at the trail crossing on Brown Deer Ct. between Cty Rd “FF” and City Rd “GG”. Watch for event signs.

Google map and directions

An interactive DNR map may be of further assistance.

PLEASE FIND THE ATTACHED EVENT FLIER HERE.

Questions?

Contact Randy Lennartz, 920-787-2333 or Jenny Addis, 715-802-3456

Cross Plains Celebrates the Ice Age Trail

The Cross Plains Segment shows off its best summer look. Photo Credit: Lou Ann Novak

In 2017 the Village of Cross Plains became one of eight Ice Age Trail Communities. This designation is more than a sign on the highway and a ribbon cutting. It is an invitation to use the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to celebrate the local culture, history, landscape, and businesses.

This July 14 and 15 the Village, in collaboration with the Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce, and the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Dane County Chapter, will be taking up the invitation to celebrate! Continue reading

Get Out & Give Back – May 20th & 21st

Trail Happenings!

Photo by Dave Caliebe

GET OUT: Hikes

Boost your happiness; immerse yourself in a healthy dose of nature (vitamin Green!).

Dane County Chapter, Cross Plains Segment: Birding Hike

Early spring mornings are the time to see and hear migrating and newly-arrived birds of the woodlands, savanna and prairie habitats along the loop in the highlands above Cross Plains. Bring binoculars; hike leader will help identify avian friends! Continue reading

A 100 Years Worth Celebrating!

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Photo credit: L. Unruh
Ennis Lake glitters in the distance, surrounded by clouds and prairie.

The spirit of John Muir floated on clouds reflected in his favorite kettle lake. It danced with the Milkweed swaying in the prairie. It whistled while sauntering along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail which now loops through land he dearly loved.

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Photo credit: L. Unruh
Yes, there are a 100 candles on that cake!

It was felt in the breeze which kicked up and helped blow out the 100 candles on the National Park Service Centennial Celebration birthday cake. Continue reading

Nature’s Complexity Excites the Curious Adolescent Mind

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Photo credit: J. Haag
Milwaukee Saunters intently listen about nesting methods at the UW Waukesha Field Station

Musings by Jacob Haag, 2016 Ice Age Trail Alliance Intern

It all started with a hike in the woods.  First as a mentor to fourth graders as part of the Summer Saunters program through Lodi’s school district; now, years later, in my 20’s, as an Intern with the Ice Age Trail Alliance.  It’s the dawning realization of how crucial it was for me, personally, to get outside in nature as a kid, and how important I think it is for others to have a similar experience.  Now, as a group leader, I get to lead bus-loads of kids through a series of stretches and jumping jacks and encourage them to scream at the top of their lungs, “I am a star!”  Why?  Because it’s a fun way to energize bodies and minds after a long bus ride and readying them for their immersion into nature. Continue reading

Explore the Kettle Moraine

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Photo credit: B. Bednarek, Parnell Segment, view from Parnell Tower

Did you know, world famous glacial landscape features are within an easy drive from your front door?

This might not seem like such a big deal until you consider that walking across the high ridge of an esker, or peering down into a kettle lake is a bit like time travel, giving you a peek into how the landscape of Wisconsin was formed.

Conveniently, the almost 30,000 acres of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest contains some of the most stellar glacial remnants of the last Ice Age. In fact, this region was formed as two tongue-shaped ice sheets collided, creating a valley of ice some 10,000 years ago. As these huge sheets of ice melted, the meltwater cascaded into crevasses carrying sand, gravel, and boulders, depositing them along the way. This is what shaped the rolling ridges and deep kettles – large crater-like depressions – that make up the topography of this beautiful forest. Continue reading