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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Trail Community Event: Light Up Cross Plains

Light Up Cross Plains 

Saturday, December 4 at Twenty Twenty Main (2020 Main Street, Cross Plains WI 53528)

Photo Cameron Gillie, Around Wisco.

The Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to the first ever Light Up Cross Plains event on Saturday, December 4  at Twenty Twenty Main (2020 Main Street, Cross Plains).

Join us for a guided hike at 3:00 pm. Look for the Ice Age Trail Alliance canopy tent.

The hike will be approximately 3-miles. We will explore part of the Cross Plains Segment to the north of Highway 14/Main Street.  Enjoy woodlands, the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Andersen Preserve, a savanna restoration area, the Hickory Hill Conservation Park and of course, the lighting of the  tree at 4:45 pm.

Other activities include:

  • Deliciously Deebs cookie decoration and purchase from 2:30-4:00pm
  • Lighting of the Hickory Hill Tree at 4:45pm
  • Fire pits, hot chocolate and s’mores from 2:30 – 6:00 pm

For more information, visit the Cross Plains Chamber of Commerce Facebook event.

Welcome Winter with Trail Community Fun

Cross Plains 2019 Winter Solstice Hike. Photo by Cameron Gillie
Cross Plains 2019 Winter Solstice Hike. Photo by Cameron Gillie
As the air grows chilly and snow begins to appear in the forecast, it can be tempting to huddle indoors.

But don’t close the shutters till spring just yet!

Our Trail Communities are proving there are many opportunities to get out and into the festive spirit throughout the month. Venture out and enjoy the lights, the snacks, and the community at any of these upcoming events!

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Winter Stewardship Event – IATA’s Muir Preserve, Thur. Jan. 30th – Fri. Jan. 31st.

Meet at John Muir County Park, N1424 Co Rd F, Montello, WI 53949, located just south of the Muir Preserve.

Register here


Collaborative events create new and enhance existing Trail experiences. Get your feet on the ground where John Muir trod to reestablish prairie and prep for new tread. Sawyers, swampers, and crew leaders needed!

No previous experience is necessary; training is provided by certified volunteer crew leaders. There will be roles for all ages and abilities. The IATA will provide lunch in the field, however, no camping or organized overnight accommodations are provided for this winter stewardship event.

See a map of the project area [PDF]


Your contribution is welcome for any part of the event or the entire project. Work begins on Thursday, January 30, and concludes Friday, January 31. Trail construction activities begin each day around 8:30 a.m. and typically wrap up between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

What to Bring:

  • We recommend a long-sleeve shirt and pants for trail work.
  • Plan for variable weather – bring warm layers and rain gear.
  • Sturdy hiking or work boots (no tennis shoes) and leather work gloves.
  • Day pack, water bottles

Special Notes:

We love dogs, but we ask that you not bring them to this event. Woolly mammoths are welcome.