The Blue Hills Chapter, which includes the Ice Age Trail through Rusk County, formed in 1992. Most of the Ice Age Trail through this area was designed and built in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Our members continue trailblazing with ongoing Trail maintenance projects and construction of new Trail routes.
For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, contact our volunteer chapter coordinator:
Notes for 2019 hiking season:
Northern Blue Hills Segment (Guidebook p. 46-47; Atlas Map 11f)
Between Bucks Lake Road (RU8 in guidebook) and Stout Road access (RU6 in guidebook): The trail is poorly blazed along the major forestry road which starts 1.2 miles south of Bucks Lake Road and continues about .75 miles to an old logging road. There are TSPs (trail signage posts/4x4s with Ice Age Trail) where the trail turns unto and off from this major forestry road. Furthermore the old logging road at the turn is also poorly blazed most of its distance to another TSP where the trail crosses a stream and goes along the historic Chippewa River and Menominee rail bed. One of the bridges on this rail bed is down in the stream. You will need to cross the stream, but this is only a problem during spring and heavy rains.
The end of Stout Road has been enlarged to a cul-de-sac type turnaround (RU6 in guidebook). The road work started last fall and will be finished this year. There is a large area to park in, but it is not yet fully graded. Our old sign is missing. We hope to have a new sign this year. Access to the IAT is to the east following the logging road for 0.3 miles. There is an alternate route for those who do not feel like crossing the beaver dam just north of where the access trail meets the IAT. Contact the chapter for instructions ([email protected]).
Southern Blue Hills Segment (Guidebook p. 48-49; Atlas Map 12f)
The IAT passes through the Czekalski farm about 1.6 miles north of Old 14/Bass Lake Road near (north of) RU13 in guidebook. There were carsonite blazes through the pasture, but the cows have broken most of them. We will try to put up TSPs (4x4s) through the pasture this year. Note that the trail art (a large metal wheel with skulls attached) is along the IAT. Trail generally goes in pasture above the small stream. This is private and active pasture; you may see/encounter cows and the dairy air.