Trailtessa 2022: Be BLISSFUL


February 19, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Hartman Creek Segment, Portage and Waupaca Counties

Pure bliss: A snowshoe hike through a blanket of sparkling snow. Come for an introduction to snowshoeing by local experts and enjoy a guided hike along the Hartman Creek Segment. If needed, snowshoes will be provided by REI (for free). Make new friends, warm your hands at a post-hike bonfire, and enjoy homemade, locally-sourced treats.

Hartman Creek State Park
Registration limit: 50 women and girls
Cost: $15/attendee. Girls under 18, free.

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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:
Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, REI CO-OP corporate partner, Mobile Skills Crew program 2017

Winter Hikes and More this December!

Winter beauty on the John Muir Park Segment. Photo by Alyssa Kohls.
Winter beauty on the John Muir Park Segment. Photo by Alyssa Kohls.
Our volunteer chapters are hosting winter hikes and snowshoeing excursions all month long!

Revel in the restful quiet of a snow-covered landscape. Feel the crunch of snow under foot, or snowshoe. Take advantage of leaf-off season to admire expansive landscapes of glacial features.

Hike under the full moon on the winter solstice, go for a festive jaunt with Santa, explore your favorite Segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail transformed into a winter wonderland.

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Portage County Chapter Snowshoe Hike

The Hike:

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this peaceful serene place in the middle of winter. Designated in 1983 as a State Natural Area, New Hope Pines features one of the largest and least disturbed northern dry-mesic forests remaining in central Wisconsin and is reminiscent of the vast “pineries” found in this region prior to settlement. The site lies on steep, irregular topography in ground moraine – a legacy of the last glacier.

Event details:

If you want to enjoy the finest hiking opportunity anywhere, bring friends and family and plan to arrive at the Ice Age Trail parking area on Hwy Z by 1pm on Saturday January 21st. This event is sponsored by the Aldo Leopold Society and the Portage County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.

When: Saturday January 21st, 1pm – 3pm
Distance: 3-5 miles total

Location details:

This event starts at the Hwy Z Ice Age Trail parking area about a 1/2 mile from New Hope Pines. Enjoy a 1/2 mile stroll on the Ice Age Trail to reach New Hope Pines.

Directions to event: From Stevens Point take Hwy 66 east to Hwy Z at Polonia. Follow Hwy Z approximately 9 miles to the Ice Age Trail parking area on the south side of Hwy Z (about 2 miles east of County Highway A, or 1/2 mile west of County Highway T). Google Map Link – click here


Washington/Ozaukee County Chapter Pike Lake Candlelight Ski and Walk

Join us for this very popular candlelight ski on the Ice Age Trail and other trails at Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Over 300 luminaries will light two 0.75-mile trail loops for the evening. Skiers, hikers, and snowshoers share the trails.

Participants can come and go as they please at any time during the course of the event. Meet at the beach area parking lot. We will organize a group hike at 7:00 pm outside of the shelter if people would like to travel as a group. A roaring bonfire will warm the night and refreshments will be served in the shelter.

Members of the Northern Cross Science Foundation will be on hand with their telescopes to guide visitors through the night sky. If there is no snow, a candlelight hike will still be held.

Directions to the beach area parking lot: The beach picnic area is on the west side of Kettle Moraine Road about 1 mile south of the main entrance off of Hwy 60. A state park sticker is required.

This event is co-sponsored by Friends of Pike Lake.