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:  

 

National Trails Day Hike, Walworth/Jefferson Chapter

Come hike in the Southern Kettle Moraine on National Trails Day.  The landscape changes form forests to open prairie over the 20 mile route. Free parking is available all day in all DNR parking lots. Shorter hikes are provided by volunteers that can shuttle you back to your car along the route.  We stop at Olsen Cabin for a BYO lunch. The full day hike starts at the Rice Lake parking lot and ends at the Emma Carlin  Trailhead.

This event is generously sponsored by:

 

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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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




10 Hikes Celebrate National Trails Day!

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Monches Segment, National Trails Day

Two friends smile in delight after spending the day together hiking the Monches Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Brad Dagen.

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 1st, 2019 and there’s plenty to celebrate along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Hikes That Go the Distance:

Explore new territory.

1. Chippewa County, Chippewa Moraine Segment: National Trails Day Hike

Celebrate National Trails Day in Chippewa County. Appreciate the beauty of the North woods as trees and flowers unfurl in late-spring. This hike, led by members of the Chippewa Moraine County Chapter, starts at 9:00 a.m. and is about 4-miles in length. Plan to meet new friends, bring your own water, insect repellent, and to complete the hike by noon.  (Chippewa Moraine County Chapter) Continue reading

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

Waushara County Chapter: 3rd Annual Summer Hike

A National Trails Day Summer Hike!

The Hike:

Splash along with Chaffee Creek as it ambles through a viaduct and then scamper up a hill into the meadows of the Chaffee Creek Segment (2.5 miles).  Depending on how far you’d like to go, you have the option of hiking on the Mecan River Segment, too.  This 7.5 mile segment offers outstanding views of the Mecan Springs where migratory and wetland birds congregate.

Event Details:

Besides a beautiful day outdoors, snacks will be provided by Fresh for Life Organics, Genie Metoyer and Russ Brown.  Bring a water bottle, sunscreen, a hat, and a friend!

Location Details:

Metoyer-Brown Farms, W12085 Czech Avenue, Richford, WI.

See link for Google Map: http://bit.ly/2qBmehN

National Trails Day Hikes

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 3rd and there is plenty to celebrate along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

Ice age National Scenic Trail, Ice age Trail Alliance, National Trails Day

Photo by Dave Caliebe

Hikes for Kids of All Ages

Guided hikes inspire, energize and rejuvenate!

Chippewa County, Chippewa Moraine Segment: Celebrate National Trail Day (Chippewa Moraine Chapter)

It’s hard to find a more scenic trail with it spectacular overlooks, mature forest, and the long meander along the shore of Picnic Lake, the highlights of this recently rebuilt and rerouted section.

Portage County, Emmons Creek Segment: Wildflower Hike (Portage County Chapter)

The Emmons Creek Segment highlights the charming Emmons Creek State Fishery Area and oak woodland and savanna areas. Continue reading

Indianhead Chapter, St Croix Falls “City of Trails” Runs

Come and celebrate National Trails Day and also Wannigan Days!

Run, Walk, or Volunteer to help!

5 runs are held on the Ice Age Trail.

The Little Hiker Hustle is 2 blocks long for 2-4 year olds.

The 1 K is for 5-12 year olds.

The 5 K is on paved trails or sidewalks.

There is a  10 K Trails Run

And, new this year, a 1/2 Marathon Trail Run.

Connect online at www.cityoftrails5k.com to register to walk or run.

Registration starts at 7 am.

The fun starts at the Middle School in St. Croix Falls and ends at the overlook on the beautiful St. Croix River.

Call Wanda Brown at 651-260-5890 to volunteer. Volunteers are needed along the route, at water stops, at registration, and to setup and take down.

Waushara & Marquette County Chapter National Trails Day Hike

Let’s celebrate National Trails Day!

We’ve joined forces with our neighboring chapter, Marquette County to commemorate National Trails Day.  We will hike and explore the John Muir Segment of the Ice Age National Trail in Marquette County.

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a little comradery with fellow hikers, prior to the hike, at the park shelter.

The hike will take a scenic route around Lake Ennis, approximately 1.7 miles.  Depending on your pace, the hike could take an hour or less.  Please feel free to start your hike on your own any time after 12pm and hike at your own pace.

The hike starts at the John Muir County Park (8 miles South of Montello on County Hwy F).  Follow the Ice Age Trail Event signs.

Washington/Ozaukee Chapter National Trails Day Hike

Meet at Pike Lake State Forest at lake-side (beach) parking lot.

The National Trails Day hike will be part of the Pike Lake State Park Discovery Day.

Hike 2 to 6 miles round trip. We will use both the Brown and Green trails so the hike will be appropriate for all ages.

Hikes rated moderate; State Park sticker/day permit not required.

Rock County Chapter Hike – National Trails Day

Ice Age National Scenic Trail National Trail Days Rock County

Photo credit: D. James

TIME: Check-in anytime between 9 AM – 10 AM – http://binged.it/1qGxvIU

WHO: Everyone!  No experience is necessary.  Groups and families are welcome.

WHERE: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

CHECK-IN LOCATION: West end of Library/Elm Park (900 Block of West Main Street)

PARKING: Metered Parking on Main Street; Non-Metered North of Main Street

HIKES:

Segment Distance

(miles)

Hiking Difficulty
Lake Geneva to Chapin Road 3.5 Easy walking
Chapin Road to Williams Bay 3.5 Easy Walking
Williams Bay to Fontana 3.5 Moderate to rugged
Fontana to Shadow Lane 2.3 Easy with some hills
Shadow Lane to Linn Pier 2.9 Rugged with steep paths
Linn Pier to Big Foot State Park 3.3 Mostly easy – marshy in areas
Big Foot State Park to Lake Geneva 2 Challenging

How it works:

When you register (between 9 am and 10 am), you will be able to decide which portion of the trail you’d like to hike.  Volunteers will be on hand to help shuttle you to and from the start and end points of segments.

Please bring your own snacks to supplement what volunteers will be providing.  Please plan on bringing your own lunch.  There will be a map with known public restroom facilities and eateries along the trail.

Waukesha Milwaukee Chapter National Trails Day Hike

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Join us on National Trails Day to explore the Lapham Peak segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

This hike offers beautiful views of woods and wetlands, as well as a variety of birds and wildlife. Two guided hike options will be offered: a moderate 4.5 mile hike to the observation tower and a 2 mile, family-friendly hike.

We will gather at the Evergreen Shelter.

Plan to wear sturdy hiking shoes/boots, bring water, and dress for the weather. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended.

Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet and under the owner’s control at all times. No State Park sticker is required for National Trails Day.

 

Walworth/Jefferson County Chapter Kids Hike/Adult Hike

On National Trails Day we will have our yearly 10 or 20 mile hike and this year we will hold our first annual

Kids’ Hike at the Rice Lake Park/boat launch. The Kids’ Hike will start at 10:00am.

The hike for grownups (10 or 20 miles) will start at 8:00 a.m.

The Rice Lake parking boat launch is on State Park Road just off of Kettle Moraine Drive, Whitewater, WI.

Explore a Trail Segment Near You!

Ice Age National Scenic Trail John Muir County Park

A trail flows through a sea of wildflowers in the John Muir County Park.
Photo credit: K. Mcgwin

Trails do not just magically appear in the woods or along a ridgeline for our hiking pleasure. It might seem like it as we take a stroll down a long, shaded path, with a glimpse of it unfolding ahead of us. Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how a trail is constructed or the dedicated hours of design and layout (about a 100 hours) involved for every mile of trail, not counting the hours dedicated to the actual building, mile per mile, of trail.

In fact, most of us have a limited knowledge of exactly how many miles of trails exist in our country, not thinking perhaps beyond the trails in our own county or state parks, or the few mountain trails we’ve hiked, in Colorado, perhaps. It turns out, according to the American Hiking Society, there are 200,000 miles of trail throughout the United States. Continue reading

Indianhead Chapter City of Trails Trail Run

2015 CityofTrailsTrail Run PosterSt. Croix Falls is the “City of Trails” for good reason. Miles of city-limit trails wind through this ancient, glaciated valley on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail and alongside the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

Take the opportunity to celebrate National Trails Day through health, wellness and physical activity with four great running/hiking events on the trails of St. Croix Falls. Events include a 5K run/walk, a 10K trail run/hike, and a kids’ 1K trail run.

Click here for complete details and registration