Trail Condition Highlights
The Parnell Segment near Butler Lake was hit hard during an August 31st storm which produced high winds and tornados and many trees were blown down. While the staff of the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit have downplayed the extent of the damage, hiker reports (as recently as 11/02/2018) indicate the route is still extremely treacherous and it is exceedingly easy to get lost. The on-going IATA recommendation is to avoid the Parnell Segment at this point in time.
Firth Lake Segment:
A portion of the Firth Lake Segment in Chippewa County has been closed by a private landowner. In order to bypass that segment, which extends from east of Firth Lake SIATA and Chippewa County Forest to about 1 mile west of Hwy CC, it is necessary to bypass everything between Hwy CC and Firth Lake.
Precautions to take before setting out on a hike:
ONE: The best BOOTS-ON-THE-GROUND knowledge comes from chapter members of our Volunteer Chapters. These fine folk are committed to maintaining their segments and are in touch with what is happening on the Trail under their care. Please contact them prior to setting out on a hike. They’ll be able to answer any questions you might have about the status of a Trail Condition in their area.
TWO: Please check the status of TRAIL CONDITIONS at the ONLINE TRAIL MAP. Please check the Trail Conditions box to see what’s what.
For example, you’ll want to know about: a temporary Trail re-route in Langlade County. You’ll also want to know how important it is to stay on the Ice Age Trail while hiking on the Bear Lake Segment.