Superior Lobe Chapter

We maintain approximately 50 miles of Ice Age  National Trail in Wisconsin. Our area is located in Rusk, Barron, Washburn and Burnett counties.

Our chapter meets 6:30-8:00 p.m. monthly the third Tuesday at Don Johnson Motors in Rice Lake We also sponsor seasonal hikes, including National Trails Day hikes, snowshoe hikes, bird walks and the Fall Adventure Weekend.  Go to the calendar for details on upcoming events. Check out our Facebook Page : Ice Age Trail Alliance-Superior Lobe Chapter. We would invite you to share  photos of your Superior Lobe Chapter hikes.

Our chapter offers the Superior Lobetrotter award to hikers who register and complete all 48 miles of Ice Age Trail from CTH-F in Rusk County to Lake 32 Rd. in Burnett County. For more information contact 715-761-1657

For more information on chapter activities and/or hiking the Ice Age Trail in this region, contact our volunteer chapter coordinator: Bob Held 715-761-1657 [email protected]


Hiking Responsibly During a COVID-19 Pandemic


Beat Coronavirus Boredom and hike on the Ice Age Trail safety recommendations

The Wisconsin Safer-At-Home order defines outdoor activity as an Essential Activity (defined in section 11). This means visiting public and state parks, provided individuals comply with social distancing requirements, is still allowed. As stated in the order, “such activities include, by way of example and without limitation, walking, biking, hiking, or running.”

Right here in our backyard the Ice Age National Scenic Trail remains open for hiking! Although organized volunteer activities and events are temporarily on hold, it’s important we have a venue for physical health and mental wellness, especially during times of stress. A hike on a favorite segment of Ice Age Trail can be a respite from the uncertainty around us. The Trail is a perfect place for slowing down, gathering your internal resources, and gaining clarity.

The 8.5-mile Grassy Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail runs entirely through our Washburn county forest land. Appreciate our beautiful forests and enjoy the sights and sounds of early spring as you take a walk on the Ice Age Trail. As a treat you’ll pass several small, scenic, beaver-inhabited lakes nestled in the woods.

Hike safely and responsibly. Limit your hiking partners, no groups other than family members in your household. Keep a 6-foot distance from those not in your immediate family. Step off the side of the trail when meeting another hiker. Keep your dogs leashed. If you’re feeling sick with fever or cough, don’t go!

Take advantage of what your tax dollars and 30 years of volunteer work by your friends and neighbors has provided. Get out on the Ice Age Trail, today!

See the map below for the Ice Age Trail route and access points and visit for more Trail information.

Grassy Lake Atlas Map


Thank you to all of the hikers and volunteers participating in our Full Moon Hike on the Ice Age Trail’s Timberland Section on Saturday March 7, 2020.  Thank you Bob and Audrey Held and others whom did so much to get ready for this event!







     Up to 40 hikers marching down the corridor!



                          2 friends about a hike!




Thank you for those who joined in on the Murphy Flowage Snowshoe Hike.


Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. Blue Hills Lecture Hall
UWEC– Barron County Campus
1800 College Drive, Rice Lake, WI 54868


The public is invited to hear local author Arlyn Colby present his latest book The Park Falls Line, the history of the Omaha Branch Railway line from Tuscobia to Park Falls and Ray and Alice Hilfiker will share stories about Hulda Hilfiker, whose vision and dedication helped to form the beautiful 74-mile Tuscobia Trail.
Join the Ice Age Trail members for a snacks and beverage social at 6:30 p.m. prior to the presentation. Share with other outdoor enthusiasts your adventures on the Tuscobia Trail!


Thank you hikers and leaders Tim McRaith and Don Erickson, for participating in our Hemlock Creek Hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail October 26th.
We even had one runner with a dog! (Thank you Melanie Nelson and Dixie! ) While on the hike, we learned about the 1898 Firestorm that swept through the area, walked across the new bridge over No Name Creek (by Dan Bretenon), another bridge being constructed, visited the Old Great Blue Heron Rookery, learned about Cradle Knolls and saw beaver natural habitat that were getting ready for winter, cutting and hauling branches and building their lodge.
There was good camaraderie at Cheers Bar and Grill at Tagalong to follow!

Oct. 5th –   Ice Age Trail Color Hike  – Timberland Hills area.

The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will lead a two mile hike on Saturday, October 5.  Hikers should meet at 9:30 at the CASTA Lighted Trail parking lot on Highway H, 8.5 miles NW of Highway 63. Hikers will be shuttled to the Lake 32 Road Trailhead and hike back to Highway H.  Please call 715-761-1657 or email [email protected] after September 29 for reservation or notification in case of bad weather.



8/17/2019 Bear Lake Segment just outside of Haugen, is freshly mowed and a great time to hike this weekend! A wonderful morning or afternoon hike approximately 4.2 miles. Trailhead off of VV.


We have some trees down from the storm but not a lot.

Volunteers will be attempting to clean them up in the near future. Timberland might be the worst but is passable.
The Grassy Lake segment is in not too bad a condition now. The ponds north of 30th are going down and are passible by picking your way across the beaver dam on the east side of the trail. The trail is fairly well blazed and mowed. Any hiker who has skipped this segment or has wanted to hike it, could do it from now until further notice.


No meeting in July. We look forward to meeting you in August, the third Tuesday of the month. Location is at Don Johnson Motors in Rice Lake.


Thank you to everyone who attended the dedication of the Beaver Dam Lake exhibits marking this geological wonder right in our area! Thank you to the following speakers for your support: Representative Romaine Quinn; Autumn Schwarz, 3M Product Manager; Mayor Bert Skinner; Bob Held Superior Lobe Ice Age Trail Coordinator; Professor Emeritus David Mickelson; Julie Fox, Wisconsin Department of Tourism; Senator Janet Bewley and Herb Lundberg, retired 3M employee and IATA member, and  Don Erickson. Others pictured Tracy Hoffelder Crisler and Britt Norquist.

May 29, 2019

Volunteer information night
Your local National Scenic Trail is looking for more volunteers to keep it the showplace it is, for this area. If you have some time, enjoy being out in nature, come and join us to learn more. We can share about the trail and learn how you can help a little or a lot with trail maintenance, promotion, events, and many other ways both big and small. Join us to help the community keep healthy and active hiking on the trail.
We will be at the parking area on Hwy 48/Vance St. in Birchwood on Wednesday May 29th from 6-8 PM.
If you cannot stop by, feel free to contact our Trail Maintenance Coordinator directly:

Dan Brereton 715-520-2655 [email protected]

June, 2019

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 1. The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail is holding a an interpretive hike on the Tuscobia Segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. The hike will be lead by David Mickelson, Professor Emeritus and Senior Scientist, University of Wisconsin – Madison. Among Mickelson’s numerous publications is the “Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail” serving as guide to assist those wishing to know how to read the land to understand how Wisconsin came to be.

The hike will depart in Brill at 9:30 a.m. and end at Balsam Lake Road. The approximately 4 ½ mile route will afford the opportunity to interpret a number of Great Wisconsin Glacier features dating back to forming 10,000 to 25,000 years ago. Included will be the terminal moraine of two lobes of the ice sheet, a vast outwash plain, hummock topography, erratics, glacial kettle pond, ice-walled lake plain, the Honey Moon Esker, 50-foot plus deep kettle, and Red Cedar tunnel channel and lake.

Chapter members will also explain some of the cultural history that has played out along the route by Native Americans, voyageurs, lumberjacks and railroad builders. Topics will include the first recorded account of unfurling the American flag in the area, a Lewis and Clark-type expedition that served as the inspiration of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s “Song of Hiawatha”, laying track race of two railroads, and the Narrows rail depot that served Stout’s Island of Happy Days.
Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather using a layer system. Long sleeves and trousers along with hefty footwear are highly recommended. In that the outing will involve a shuttle back to the starting point at Brill, participants for the free event are requested to RSVP by contacting Don Erickson at (715) 416-4945 or [email protected] The hike will be limited to 36 maximum.

  The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance

Announces a Full Moon Hike on the Ice Age Trail’s Timberland Section on Friday, March 15.


The trail should be groomed, so snowshoes are optional.   

Interested hikers should:

  • Meet at the CASTA lighted trail parking lot on Hwy H north of Cumberland by 6:00pm.  
  • Visit the CASTA web site at
  • The group will begin hiking approximately 2 hours to the warming house on Boyd Road.
  • There, we will conclude the trek with food and refreshments and make shuttle arrangements back to vehicles.
  • Please call Bob or Audrey at 715-822-3428 or email [email protected] for information and to register for the hike. We look forward to meeting you!


2019 Trail Conditions

1/28/19  There is logging taking place in Grassy lake, north of 30th Av trailhead. Can you put a message on the website or wherever for hikers to be aware and careful if hiking that way.


This greatly impacts what decisions will be made for the following:
Cedar Lake Forest — Hemlock Creek Segment IANST
Narrow Gauge Bear Lake Forest —Bear Lake Segment IANST
Timberland West Cross Country Skiing — Timberland Hills Segment IANST
Tuscobia State Trail — Tuscobia Segment of the IANST
Waldo Carlson Camp Ground —Tuscobia Segment of the EAST
Waterman Lakes Area/Forest — Timberland Hills Segment IANST
Please help our counties here with keeping our trails! Would you fill out this quick survey to help save our trails. The Link is:

This important survey is to to let government officials know about the recreational needs of walkers/hikers/runners, bicyclists, birders, snowshoers, cross country skiers, wheelchair users and dog walkers.

Trail Conditions:

8/29/2018       Attention Hikers:   Timberland area

there is logging between Hy. H and Boyd rd. Evidently blazed trees have been removed. we will be working on this to correct. Look for red flags today to follow, between what’s left of the logging road, yellow blazes and red flags


She ran the 1200-mile
Ice Age National Scenic Trail
in 21 Days–18 Hours–7 Minutes

You are invited to hear her talk how she:

. . .Trained and Overcame Setbacks to
Average 50 miles/day and Set a New Record

Friday, January 25, 2019
6 pm Business Mtg.—6:30 pm Social—7 pm Program

Blue Hills Lecture Hall
1800 College Drive—Rice Lake, WI 54868

Presented by Superior Lobe Chapter
Ice Age Trail Alliance


Saturday October 20th, 2018


Join members of the Superior Lobe
Chapter of the Ice Age Trail for a
hike to the Felsenmeer – wear good
boots – plan to spend 2 to 3 hours
– bring your own snack and water.

Driving Directions:
From Rice Lake, WI – Take County “C” east out of town to
County “W” – take a right. Take “W” South for 1 mile to
Slack Road. There is parking at the end, or along side of,
this gravel road.
Oct 20,th – 9:00am – 12:00pm – 3 miles Round Trip
Contact Tim at [email protected] with questions or concerns
– otherwise, we’ll simply see you there!

Sept 15th, 2018

The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail will be leading a hike in the Grassy Lake segment on Saturday Sept 15 in connection with the Barronett Colorfest. Hikers should meet before 9:30 AM  where the trail crosses Lehman Lake rd North of Pershing rd. Watch for yellow IAT Event signs. For further info or questions and to estimate numbers, please call or email Dale Cardwell at 715-645-0234 or [email protected]

Trail Improvement Days


 Trail Work Day coming up Barronette/Cumberland area

Saturday May 5, 9 am-12:30 pm; Timberland Hills section; north of Cumberland.
Go north on US 63 from Cumberland to County H turn west (Ieft)on to CTH H go north to the lighted trail ( left side)
From Spooner go west to WI 70 turn south(left) on to CTH H go south 13 miles to the lighted trail ( on the right) look for the yellow event signs.
Logging has taken place on these sections of the trail over the past 6 months. We will be clearing and repairing areas of the trail as needed for the up-coming hiking season.

We are asking for volunteers to help repair the Trail. Volunteer teams will work under experienced chapter leadership.

Wear: sturdy shoes, long sleeves, a jacket, hat and gloves.

Bring: bow saws, loppers, bow rakes

Drinks and a snack will be provided.

Registration is required. Call Dale Cardwell at 715 645-0234.

April Events

You may now register for the 2018 Annual Conference and Membership Meeting!

Anyone can attend, you do not need to be a member. It’s fun and a great way to meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts!

New this year is our Backpacking Track with sessions geared towards the weekend, section, or thru-hiker! This option is specially priced to hopefully encourage interest and attendance.

We’re also offering a wider variety of hiking options and outings. There should be something for everyone!

We continue to make improvements to the online form, hopefully we got closer to the mark. That said, you’ll need to:
1.Select a conference package,
2.Fill out your personal information,
3.Select the hikes or other outings in which you’d like to participate.

Check it out the details here:

A big THANK YOU to the Chapters who generously agreed to sponsor conference hikes or underwrite other costs associated with this endeavor.

Geology of the ice Age National Scenic Trail

by David M. Mickelson

12 Noon – 1 p.m. Thursday April 5

University of Wisconsin—Barron County

Blue Hills Lecture Hall Room 234

Ritzinger Hall

David Mickelson, Senior Scientist and Emeritus Professor Dept. of Geoscience, U W—Madison is a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and served on its Board of Directors. He is the lead author of “The Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail” and instrumental in the development of the IATA ColdCache program. He presently is advising the Superior Lobe Chapter in creating a interpretative glacial geology wayside marker at Eagle Point in Cumberland. In addition to authoring many scientific publications he has conducted a Road Scholar program on Wisconsin’s glacial geology

You are invited to join David Mickelson for a 10:00 a.m. brunch at Norske Nook prior to his talk. Please let me know if you plan to attend in order that the restaurant can set up for a sufficient number of people. For those not able to attend the brunch, they are welcome to take their lunch to the presentation.

March 2018Events

Here’s the eager group ready to step off on the Timberland Snowshoe Hike sponsored by the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Alliance, on Saturday March 23.

Bob Held and Dale Cardwell hastily prepared an alternate route when it was discovered that snow conditions on the planned route would make for an arduous hike.The milder temperatures permitted considerable conversation while walking at a leisure pace. Dale Cardwell and Dale Hanson explained some of the significant glacial geology and drainage systems that are unique in these part of the woods. The conversation then drifted to reflecting on the physicaly handicapped heroes of the American Bikebeiner and the trail travails of others. After completing what might be one of the last opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Northwoods blanketed in snow for this season, we gathered in the club house for a delicious chill and cornbread dinner along with chocolate bars. All joined in to sing Happy Birthday to Thelma Johnson. With the assistance of Audrey Held, Thelma once again prepared a meal to remember. Thanks also goes to Cumberland Areas Ski Touring Association (CASTA) for the use of their renovated clubhouse.

February 2018


Join us for the 16th Annual Snowshoe Hike
and Program—Feb 10, 2018
9:00 a.m. 7-mile hike to Cheers at Tagalong
10:00 a.m. 3-mile loop hike along Hemlock Creek 11:00 a.m. 1-mile hike on IAT
1:00 p.m. Luncheon Cheers at Tagalong

Photo courtesy of & Marilynn Nash
The Murphy Flowage Recreation Area is on Rusk County Hwy “F” eight miles south of Birchwood
For those traveling from Rice Lake or Weyerhaeuser, the Recreation Area is 4.5-miles North of the junction of Counties “O” and “F”
Cheers at Tagalong on Red Cedar Lake south of Birchwood
For more information, or to secure limited snow shoe rentals, call: Don Erickson (715) 354-3827 or Tim McRaith at 715-651-2517


January, 2018

Annual Meeting-1/ 26, 2018  6:00-7:00

7:00-Program-Patagonia Hike

Location- University of Wisconsin Barron County Campus-Blue Hills Room





1/9/18 Training session for workdays-completed. More to come


Looking for volunteers to work on our National Scenic Trail


Mobile Skills Crew Program

Each year, volunteers from throughout the upper Midwest gather at events across Wisconsin to build the Ice Age Trail, spend some time outside and connect with each other. We’d love to have you join us.

The goal of these events, all part of our Mobile Skills Crew Program, is to build a trailwide group of volunteers who are trained in advanced trail construction and crew leadership techniques. These volunteers, in turn, apply their knowledge and experience to smaller-scale, local trail building projects. It all results in more Ice Age Trail miles on the ground every year.

What to Expect at a Project

At Mobile Skills Crew events, volunteers that have been certified in crew leadership teach their fellow volunteers trail construction and maintenance techniques. Project goals include working safely, having fun and building premier Trail. We provide three meals a day and a place to pitch your tent free of charge for volunteers.

mobile skills logo [Converted]

The activities we do at each project vary depending on the Trail segment’s needs. Sometimes we’ll be building new Ice Age Trail. Other times we improve existing Trail, upgrade signage or build a bridge or boardwalk. Every project needs volunteers for food preparation, community outreach, publicity, entertainment and administration.

Everyone is Welcome

You don’t need previous trail building experience to participate. And you are welcome to lend a hand for whatever amount of time your schedule allows; projects are usually Tuesday through Sunday.

Ready to volunteer?

See the 2018 schedule!





The Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail will host a hike to the Felsenmeer (a sea of rocks) Canyon and the Devil’s Kettle in the Blue Hills on Saturday, October 14th. The hike will be led by Tim McRaith, chapter leader and teacher at WITC. Hikers should wear sensible footwear and meet at the corner of Hwy O and W near the former Blue Hills Inn by 9:00 AM. We will park up the road from there at the county land trail head and hike 1.5 miles down to the Felsenmeer – then 1.5 miles right back up. After that, we can stop at the Devils Kettle, which is nearby on HWY W.  Depending how much we poke around, you should be on your way again between noon and one.

Please RSVP to Tim at 715-651-2517 or email [email protected] for more information, to plan for numbers, or in case of inclement weather.





Superior Lobe Chapter

IF SO . . . YOU will want to participate in the DNR Recreational Opportunities Analysis so that there are enough places to do your favorite thing.

Public input will influence government decisions that may affect the Ice Age Trail and other non-motorized trails, for better or worse, far in the future.

Attending an OPEN HOUSE is the best way to be heard:

Meetings will be held between 4PM and 7PM. DNR staff will provide a brief overview at each meeting both at 4:30 and 6PM.

Great Northwest Region

· Mon, Aug 28th – Hotel Chequamegon, 101 Lake Shore W, Ashland

· Tue. Aug. 29th – Lodge at Crooked Lake, 2471 Hwy 35N, Siren

· Wed. Aug 30th – Community Library, 418 Corbett Ave, Ladysmith

Taking the online Survey is Easy:

Great Northwest Region

Google “DNR ROA”

Click “Recreation Opportunities Analysis- Wisconsin DNR”

Scroll down past map

· Click Great Northwest Region, online form

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Recent Activities:

April 22, 2017 Chapter volunteers at the Earth Day celebration in Clear Lake, Wisconsin

May 3, 2017 Environmental Community Service Day with Barron High School students and staff member Jessica Gravensen