The Langlade County Chapter has been actively involved with the Ice Age Trail since 1973. Activities include chapter hikes, community outreach and trail maintenance. Segment stewards are responsible for specific sections of the 50 plus miles of trail in the county. About 2/3 of the trail traverses public lands owned and administered by the county and state. Updated information for hike planning and current trail conditions is available from the coordinator or included below.
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 late spring view of a distinct and notable feature on the Kettlebowl Segment in Langlade County. The unique feature is a two-third of a mile string of “frostpockets”. The glacial landform exhibits a phenomenon usually observed at high elevations in mountainous terrain. That phenomenon is the timberline. However the “frostpockets'” timberline is in reverse. The timberline of mountains mark the elevation divide of where woody vegetation does not grow beyond because of intolerant growth conditions in the higher elevations. In the “frostpockets” the timberline is very distinct as the lower elevations have vegetation like grass which tolerate cooler conditions. In the forty-four years since the segment was established through the “frostpockets” very little woody vegetation has encroached upon the distinct grassy stretch of trail, with one exception. For years, a large black cherry grew right along the trail in the middle of the grassy stretch providing shady relief for hikers. A wind storm leveled the mature tree and its remains may still be seen on the stretch. (Photo taken June 6, 2020 on the Kettlebowl Segment by Kris Van Handel, Madison, WI).
LANGLADE COUNTY ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL CONDITIONS AND USER INFORMATION.
For the most 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 1-2-20 or LANGLADE COUNTY ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL USER INFORMATION 1-2-20
Photos 0f the September 7, 2019 Hike on the Summit Moraine Segment
The first photo depicts a ribbon cutting by a young hiker from Birnamwood, Wisconsin at Spychalla Lodge on the segment rerouted in 2018 and restored from massive storm damage last summer.
The finish at County Trunk Highway B is depicted in the second photo.