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.

 

Wander Lodi Walk- Lodi Valley Chapter

The Hike:

Greetings Trail Friends! Guides from the Lodi Chamber of Commerce and Lodi Valley Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will escort you though beautiful parks, historical district and Main Street. Afterwards, enjoy time shopping and dining in Lodi before your next hike adventure. This will be a short low key, family friendly walk.  Leashed well behaved dogs are welcome.

Event details:

 Saturday, October 2nd at 10:00 am

Location details:

We will meet at the Lodi Veterans Park ;

For more information, contact Amy at  608-213-9855 or [email protected]

Trail Community Celebration – Welcome Sturgeon Bay – Lakeshore Chapter

A family orients to their map before hiking along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Photo by Avenson Photography.

Ice Age Trail, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Trail Communities, Ice Age Trail Community logoWelcome Sturgeon Bay!

The City of Sturgeon Bay (Door County) is the most recent addition to the Ice Age Trail Community roster. “The Ice Age Trail Alliance is thrilled to add Sturgeon Bay, home to Potawatomi State Park and the eastern terminus of the Ice Age Trail, as a Trail Community,” states Mike Wollmer, Executive Director and CEO. “We are proud the Trail is a part of this community and look forward to increasing our impact on a local level.”

Event Details:

Join the Lakeshore Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance and Destination Sturgeon Bay for a Trail Community Designation Celebration hike at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, at the starting point of the Ice Age Trail in Potawatomi State Park.

The guided hike is 1.7 miles to the first shelter (a shuttle will be provided for those hikers who do not wish to hike back to the parking lot). For those hikers doing an out and back to the parking lot, the total hike is 3.4 miles and should take about 2 hours.

Please RVSP to Cheryl Gorsuch, hike leader, if you are planning to attend the hike (email [email protected]).

Location Details:

Meet at the Ice Age Trail parking lot at the ski hill in Potawatomi State Park (see park map).

(Google map to Potawatomi State Park.)

Explore Sturgeon Bay:

Stop by downtown Sturgeon Bay and visit the Lakeshore Chapter information table outside of Bayshore Outfitters (59 North Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay) and meet Monty the Mammoth, the Ice Age Trail mascot, from 12:00 – 12:30 pm.

A short announcement about Sturgeon Bay becoming an Ice Age Trail Community will be made at the Martin Park pavilion at 1:30 pm, along with another opportunity to meet Monty the Mammoth.

Make plans to attend the Sturgeon Bay Art Fair as well at Martin Park ( South 3rd Ave) and enjoy lunch and shopping in Sturgeon Bay.

All smiles! A family enjoys a day-hike in the Potawatomi State Park. Photo by Lisa Jones.

A calming view awaits at the Potawatomi Park Overlook. Photo by Avenson Photography.

A family enjoys quality time along the harbor in Sturgeon Bay. Photo by CRG Photography.

 

Ice Age Trail Community Partnership Thrives in Slinger

By Elena Mederas, Communications Support Specialist
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Monty the Mammoth and Hootie the Owl oversee the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new multi-use trail in October 2020. From left to right: Joe Fay, Slinger - Allenton Rotary; Monty the Mammoth - Ice Age Trail Alliance; Russ Brandt - Village of Slinger President Hootie the Owl Slinger School District Mascot; Wally Steger - Slinger Allenton Rotary. Photo courtesy of Village of Slinger.
In October 2020, the Ice Age Trail Community of Slinger opened a multi-use, community trail that hosts a new section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The multi-year effort to build the trail came about through strong partnerships and coordination between the Village, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA), and multiple landowners, businesses, and community organizations.

The new route of the Slinger Segment replaces a previous 0.7-mile road walk with a new 0.9-mile section of Ice Age Trail connecting the Slinger Segment to the Cedar Lakes Segment. The scenic trail corridor passes through Slinger’s Community Park and continues north along wetlands adjacent to Little Switzerland Ski Area. Continue reading

60 Successful Years!

Ice Age Trail, Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Mobile Skills Crew, Cross Plains Segment

Photos by Cameron Gillie of ThePinHoleThing.com

The Ice Age Trail Alliance supporters, staff, and community members had lots to celebrate August 8-12 during our Ice Age Trail Days.

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Ice Age Trail, Ray Zillmer

Ice Age Trail Alliance founder, Ray Zillmer.

Beginning with the dream of a single individual, Ray Zillmer who, in 1958, envisioned the Ice Age Trail and established what would become the Ice Age Trail Alliance. Fast forward 60 years and the Ice Age Trail is one of only eleven National Scenic Trails in the United States and the Alliance its strongest advocate. Continue reading

Welcome to the Party!

Ice Age Trail Alliance, Ice Age National Scenic Trail, Manitowoc-Two Rivers Trail Community

It’s official! Luke Kloberdanz, Director of Outreach and Education for the Ice Age Trail Alliance, looks on as Greg Buckley, Two Rivers City Manager, and Justin Nickels, Manitowoc Mayor, cut the ribbon designating their cities as official Trail Communities. These attractive signs will grace the entrances to each city. Photo by Dolly McNulty.

Manitowoc and Two Rivers, we’re thrilled to have you join the Ice Age Trail Community family!

Hikers! Take a look at our Trail Communities for ways to appreciate the towns you’re hiking through. The Manitowoc and Two Rivers area have the only segments of Trail that put your toes into Lake Michigan waters. You’ll find maps of the Trail (and area segments) making it easy for you to follow the path as it winds through each city. There’s plenty of suggestions, too, for how to extend your stay in a fun and memorable way. Oh, and don’t forget to hit the Washington House for an ice cream sundae. After all, the first sundae in the world was made there!

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

Village of Cross Plains Becomes an Ice Age Trail Community and Alliance Open House

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Ice Age Alliance celebrates Trail Community Designation

The Village of Cross Plains is the most recent addition to the Ice Age Trail Community roster.

As the home of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, Cross Plains holds a special place in the hearts of Trail users from far and wide. “The Ice Age Trail Alliance is thrilled to add Cross Plains as a Trail Community,” states Mike Wollmer, Executive Director and CEO. “We are proud members of this community and look forward to increasing our impact and involvement here.”

Event Details:

To celebrate this designation the Alliance, the Village of Cross Plains, and the Chamber of Commerce are teaming up to throw a designation party on Friday, June 10th from 3pm – 7pm.

All activities, including guided hikes and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, will start at the Ice Age Trail Alliance office, 2110 Main Street in Cross Plains.

Refreshments will be served while supplies last. Additional food and beverages will also be available for purchase at area eating establishments, so come out and support this fine Trail Community.

Longtime community champions have stepped up to support the event:

Terry’s Piggly Wiggly is donating food;
Esser’s Cross Plains Brewery is supplying beer;
Crossroads Coffee is organizing and sponsoring the music.

The Alliance is excited to highlight this designation to its 3,600 members, inviting them to experience the vitality and enthusiasm of a Trail Community celebration.

Come out and join the FUN!

Follow the “Ice Age Trail Event” signs and there is ample parking at Kalscheur Dodge-Chrysler near the crossing of Hwy P and Hwy 14.

Schedule of Events:

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: TBD

Guided Hikes:  Hikes start at 3:30 pm from the Alliance parking lot.

Music:  Band TBA, music begins at 6pm in the Alliance parking lot and at Crossroads Coffee.

About the Event:

When complete, the Ice Age National Scenic Trail will cross approximately 132 communities in 31 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Along the way, the Trail takes users to some of the best glacial features in the world, provides opportunities for personal rejuvenation, is an outdoor classroom, and is an economic resource for communities. These assets make the Ice Age Trail a welcome addition to many communities ranging from small roadside stops to bustling metropolises.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance has established the Ice Age Trail Community program, designed to help communities leverage the Trail as an economic and social engine, while promoting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to community members and visitors alike. Commitment to this program represents an agreement to cross promote one another, building healthy and vibrant communities.

The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit volunteer and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to create, support, and protect the Ice Age Trail. Visit www.iceagetrail.org for hiking information and volunteer opportunities.

Kids Fight Invasive Species!

Hartland School of Community Learning Hartland Saunters Marsh Clean up 2016

This is what happiness looks like: sunshine, fresh air, muscles put to good use, and the satisfaction of a job well done!
Photo credit: P. Witkowski

The boundless energy of kids.

We all wish we had a bit more of it ourselves.

Perhaps you’ve even wished you could harness it.

What if you could focus all that energy and unleash it like a super power, in service of a better, brighter world?

Well, the visionaries of Village of Hartland and the Hartland School of Community Learning did just that through a collaborative service event on Friday, May 6th to clean up a section of the Hartland Marsh. Continue reading