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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.