All segments in the county are open but hikers are encouraged to use social spacing and facemasks if and when encountering others on the trail.
On the Summit Moraine Segment the following conditions are especially noted as follows:
Higher lake levels have caused the bog walk and the overflow bridge at Game Lake to become non-useable. Hikers should use the longer portion of the nature trail around the lake as a bypass to connect east or west with the Ice Age Trail. The bypass will serve as the trail until the structures are restored.
The west end of the segment between US 45/WI47 and County Trunk Highway B will be closed during the gun deer season in late November.
Updated information for hike planning and current trail conditions is available from the coordinator or included below.
For current trail conditions and hiker information on all Langlade County segments of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail go to LANGLADE COUNTY ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL CONDITIONS 10-17-20 or LANGLADE COUNTY ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL USER INFORMATION 8-24-20
About the Chapter
The Langlade County Chapter has been actively involved with the Ice Age Trail since 1973. Activities include chapter hikes, community outreach and trail maintenance. Due to the pandemic, chapter hikes and participation in community events have been cancelled until further notice.
Segment stewards are responsible for specific sections of the 50 plus miles of trail in the county. About 2/3 of the trail passes over public lands owned and administered by the county and state. Currently two segments, Kettlebowl and Summit Moraine, are open to anyone willing to give them regular attention as segment stewards. Both segments could be divided between two or more volunteers.
Chapter Newsletter and Facebook
For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in Langlade County, contact the chapter’s coordinator: Joe Jopek, 622 First Avenue, Antigo, WI 54409 call 715-623-2645 or e-mail [email protected]
Above Photo: A early fall view of Townline Lake, a photo favorite through the seasons. From the CTH T Parrish Hills Trailhead, a mature hemlock grove shortly encountered along the lake’s eastern shore is like entering a cathedral. The original trail followed County T west from the current trailhead at the county wayside. The trail passed the pull-off depicted above to the intersection with a forest lane for the trek northwest to Lincoln County’s Harrison Hills Trailhead. It did not take long to discover the amenities of rerouting the trail along the eastern shore of Townline Lake which sets astride the boundary between the Towns of Elcho and Summit. Besides the hemlock grove, there is a stone stairway to the top of the contiguous Bass Hill. At the top was a former fire tower which offered distant views to the northwest of the Harrison Hills and the ridge line of the Parrish Terminal Moraine to the south. (Photo taken September 23, 2020).
Photos of driveway construction for eventual access to the Moraine-Outwash Preserve east of Antigo on Wisconsin Highway 64.
The first photo shows crews from Krueger-Steinfest of Antigo in initial stages of constructing the driveway with a culvert for eventual access to subsequent development of the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Moraine-Outwash Preserve. The property along Wisconsin Highway 64 is just east of Antigo. Future plans include a small parking area, a cultural survey of the site, select timber harvest, trail and interpretative markers. The second photo is of the completed driveway later that day. (Photos taken Tuesday, June 23, 2020.)
The third photo is of the Green Bay Terminal Moraine with a part of the preserve depicted approximately on the left half of the photo. The dip in the moraine profile is a 6 acre shallow frost pocket devoid of mature trees like those on the county’s Kettlebowl Segment. The preserve is a short section of the 17 mile stretch of the Green Bay Bay Moraine in the county. It connects with the 27 mile Parrish Terminal Moraine formed by the Langlade Lobe of the last continental glacial period. A large glacial outwash plain known as the Antigo flats offers a real contrast to the 44 miles of prominent terminal moraines in Langlade County. (Photo taken Wednesday, October 7, 2020.)