16 Hikes During the Nine-Day Gun Deer Season

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Looking for an alternative to large gatherings and Black Friday shopping this Thanksgiving holiday? How about a stroll on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail! Photo by Joshua Fager.
The nine-day gun deer hunting season (November 20 – 28) spans the Thanksgiving holiday, a time when friends and family gather. It’s natural to want to introduce your loved ones to the Ice Age Trail, yet safe hiking options are limited. Keeping this in mind, we have 16 hikes to share with you where deer hunting is not allowed. Most of these options take place in or near Ice Age Trail Communities and are a perfect blend of natural surroundings and urban amenities.

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Cross Plains Hiker Meet-Up and Hike

As part of the Mammoth Hike Challenge, join the Dane County Chapter for a casual hiker meet-up and guided hike in the Village of Cross Plains on Sunday, October 17. 

Hiker Meet-Up at Crossroads Coffeehouse from 8:00 – 11:00 am.

Hike starts at 9:00 am and will start and end in the parking lot of Crossroads. The hike will be approximately 3-miles, with opportunity to hike more miles on our own. We will be exploring part of the Cross Plains Segment to the north of Highway 14/Main Street.  Hikers will enjoy the Hickory Hill Conservation Park, woodlands, the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Andersen Preserve, a savanna restoration area, along with views to the south and east displaying the “Great Dividing Ridge.”

No RSVP needed for the meet-up. Stop by anytime to say hello, ask questions, and get maps, brochures and Trail Community itineraries. After the hike, enjoy local dining options in the Cross Plains area. Download the custom itinerary for Cross Plains HERE.

 

This event is in partnership with the Mammoth Hike Challenge sponsored by Travel Wisconsin and Duluth Trading Company Hike 41 miles on the Ice Age Trail during the month of October 2021 and support at least three of our Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch celebrating the Challenge. You may hike, walk, run, or backpack – whatever suits your lifestyle – and log your miles over days, weekends, weeks, or one big adventure. You have the entire month of October to do it!

More information about the Mammoth Hike Challenge, including registration, can be found HERE.

Mammoth Hike Challenge: Hiker Meet-Up and Happy Hour

As part of the Mammoth Hike Challenge, join the Indianhead Chapter for a casual hiker meet-up and happy hour on Sunday, October 10 at Trap Rock Brewing in St. Croix Falls, an Ice Age Trail Community.

No RSVP needed. Stop in, enjoy a cold beverage and talk Trail with the experts.

Come early and enjoy the Ice Age Trail segments in and around the St. Croix Falls area, along with local businesses and attractions. Download the custom itinerary for St. Croix Falls HERE.

 

This event is in partnership with the Mammoth Hike Challenge sponsored by Travel Wisconsin and Duluth Trading Company Hike 41 miles on the Ice Age Trail during the month of October 2021 and support at least three of our Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch celebrating the Challenge. You may hike, walk, run, or backpack – whatever suits your lifestyle – and log your miles over days, weekends, weeks, or one big adventure. You have the entire month of October to do it!

More information about the Mammoth Hike Challenge, including registration, can be found HERE.

Mammoth Hike Challenge: Hiker Meet-Up

As part of the Mammoth Hike Challenge, stop by and say hello to the Ice Age Trail Alliance at the Polk County Visitor Center on Sunday, October 10.

Stop by anytime between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to pick up Ice Age Trail maps, and get information on what to see and do in St. Croix Falls and Polk County. The Ice Age Trail Atlas and Guidebook is also sold in the visitor center along with lots of other locally made products and goods.

The Indianhead Chapter is hosting a hiker happy hour at Trap Rock Brewing Company at 4:00 pm. Come early and stay late to enjoy the Ice Age Trail segments in and around the St. Croix Falls area, along with local businesses and attractions. Download the custom itinerary for St. Croix Falls HERE.

This event is in partnership with the Mammoth Hike Challenge sponsored by Travel Wisconsin and Duluth Trading Company.  Hike 41 miles on the Ice Age Trail during the month of October 2021 and support at least three of our Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch celebrating the Challenge. You may hike, walk, run, or backpack – whatever suits your lifestyle – and log your miles over days, weekends, weeks, or one big adventure. You have the entire month of October to do it!

More information about the Mammoth Hike Challenge, including registration, can be found HERE.

 

Mammoth Hike Challenge: Hike and Hiker Meet-Up in Cornell

As part of the Mammoth Hike Challenge, join the Chippewa Moraine Chapter for a hike on the Chippewa River Segment and hiker meet-up in Cornell.

 

Come to the Cornell  and join us for a family-friendly guided hike on the Chippewa River Segment. The Chippewa River Segment is 1.9 miles long and we will hike it as an “In and Back”. The segment travels high above the Chippewa River with views of Brunet Island State Park. Then it crosses the road and travels through the Krank Preserve where it meanders through the woods with creek crossings and hills. The trail passes along Perch Lake, a kettle lake, which is a popular fishing spot. The Fall Colors will be in their full glory for our hike. Park in the CTH CC parking lot and be ready to hike by 10:00 am.

Trail access: From Cornell, take STH 64 West across the Chippewa River. At CTH CC turn right and go north 2.1 miles. A large parking lot is located on the side of the road. Ice Age Trail Atlas map 16 and 17. 45.1879585, -91.1730272

Saturday, October 9

Hike – Chippewa River Segment: 10:00 a.m. – noon.

    RSPV for the hike [email protected]

Hiker Meet-Up – Visitor Center, Mill Yard Park: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

    No RSVP needed for the Hiker Meet-Up. Stop by the Visitor Center anytime! 

 

After the hike, we will return to the Mill Yard Park to “Meet Monty”. This is a family friendly event with maps, brochures, stickers and activities for the kids. The Visitor’s Center will be open during the event. Afterwards, consider stopping for lunch or ice cream at Dylan’s Dairy or Sam’s Place, or for pizza and beer at Moonridge Brew Pub!

 

This event is in partnership with the Mammoth Hike Challenge sponsored by Travel Wisconsin and Duluth Trading Company Hike 41 miles on the Ice Age Trail during the month of October 2021 and support at least three of our Trail Communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch celebrating the Challenge. You may hike, walk, run, or backpack – whatever suits your lifestyle – and log your miles over days, weekends, weeks, or one big adventure. You have the entire month of October to do it!

More information about the Mammoth Hike Challenge, including registration, can be found HERE.

 


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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 – 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!

 

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.

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

Mammoth Beauty Celebration!

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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

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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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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

Fourteen Black Friday Hikes: #OptOutside

#OptOutside. Get a dose of fresh air and hike off that extra slice of pumpkin pie. Photo by Dave Caliebe

#OptOutside. Get a dose of fresh air and hike off that extra slice of pumpkin pie.
Photo by Dave Caliebe

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is proud to participate in #OptOutside with our partner REI, Inc. #OptOutside takes place on Black Friday (November 29th) and encourages people to take a hike!

Here in Wisconsin, the day after Thanksgiving is also the heart of the nine-day gun deer-hunting season. Keeping this in mind, we have set up 14 hikes where deer hunting is not allowed.

All of the following suggested hikes take place in Ice Age Trail Communities. These hikes represent a perfect blend of natural surroundings and urban amenities. 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




Name Change and Special Pricing!

Name Change!

Our catchy name for the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s mobile app, Mammoth Tracks, has gone the way of the woolly mammoth! Guthook Guides, the company who created our app decided to switch things up. So, when the glacier melts, well, you go with the flow.

What was formerly Mammoth Tracks is now available as an in-app purchase in the new and improved version of Atlas Guides‘ offerings of Guthook Guides hiking apps. You can find the Ice Age Trail featured near the middle of the page.

Special Spring Pricing!

The deal starts Thursday, April 11th and runs through Sunday, April 14th.  Continue reading

Changes for Mammoth Tracks App for Android Users

 

Update for Android users of the Mammoth Tracks – Ice Age Trail app:

Mammoth Tracks is now available as an in-app purchase for Android in the new and improved version of Atlas Guides’ hiking app called “Guthook Guides: Hike & Bike Offline”.

Here are some common questions and answers about the new app.

Q: I have the Mammoth Tracks – Ice Age Trail app on my Android phone. Can I still use it?

A: Yes, you can still use it, and it will have the same data as the newer app. However, this app will not be updated (other than the data) or supported in the future.

Q: I have the Mammoth Tracks – Ice Age Trail app on my Android phone. Can I transfer my purchase to the new Guthook Guides app? Continue reading

Announcing IATA Photo Contest

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A glimpse of boardwalk along the Jerry Lake Segment of the Chippewa Moraine in Taylor County.
Photo credit: D. Caliebe

We Need Photographs of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail!

We are on the lookout for photos we can use in our publications. Right now, we have a 2020 edition of Ice Age Trail Guidebook in the works.

What makes the Guidebook so valuable, besides detailed segment-by-segment descriptions and maps, is the high quality, expressive photographs it contains. Most of the pictures were taken, not by professional photographers, but by trail enthusiasts who snapped the shot while out hiking! Each photo wonderfully captures the beauty of the trail experience. Continue reading

Government Shutdown and the IAT

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Snow covered boardwalk along the Plover River Segment, Marathon County. Photo by Rachel Roberts.

First the Good News:

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail remains open for hiking, snowshoeing, running, and backpacking. Please continue to enjoy the Ice Age Trail and the activities which get you outside and bring you joy.

Now, for the Not-So Good News:

Even though the Ice Age Trail itself is not closed during the government shutdown, ALL VOLUNTEER-BASED activities are suspended. Continue reading