Superior Lobe Chapter

Meetings are on hold due to COVID-19. Regularly, our chapter meets 6:30-8:00 p.m. monthly the third Tuesday at Don Johnson Motors in Rice Lake. Our chapter holds 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. We offer 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. Also, your dog can receive an award. 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]


Hats off to Don Erickson and Dale Crisler for placing this splendid bench dedicated to the memory of Debbie and Patti Fitz. It is located overlooking the Brill River where they used to hike on the “old railroad bed” now the Ice Age Trail.












Greetings All,
Thank you Mary Hilfiker for your donation: a mower and shed for the Superior Lobe Chapter.

    pictured-Dale Crisler and Bob Held


A long term dream has come true.  A shed for housing trail tools and the 60-inch Cub Cadet zero-turn mower  has been placed along the Tuscobia Segment of the Ice Age Trail

The shed is near the midpoint of the segment making it ideal for one operator to mow 9-miles roundtrip to the West trailhead and on the next day another operator can mow 9-miles roundtrip to the East trailhead.  The convenient location of the mower should assure excellent maintenance of the Tuscobia Segment.
Both the mower and shed have been made possible by generous donations from Mary Hilfiker.
Don Erickson



Congratulations to the following recipients from our chapter at the 2020 Awards Banquet

Laura Sandstrom for 20 Years of Service

Laura has been a member of the Alliance and the chapter for twenty years.

She routinely walks and inspects the Tuscobia segment from SS to east of the creek, and stocks and maintains the kiosk at SS.

As an avid bird watcher, she has over the years, led hikes where she identifies different species of birds.

She attends the chapter meetings and events and helps wherever needed.


Warren Stouffer was awarded the 2020 “In the Mud Award” from the headquarters based on his service for the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail.

Warren also received a 10 Years of Service. Warren joined the chapter several years ago. He volunteered to be the Bear Lake segment leader and has maintained and improved that segment since that time.

He participates in the chapter meetings and other events.



David M. Mickelson, Emeritus Professor of Geoscience, Geological Engineering and Water Resource Management at UW-Madison has been selected by the Superior Lobe Chapter as Environmental Educator of the Year.


In addition to his academic teaching and worldwide research of earth surface processes he engages in widespread interpretative activities that promote an understanding and appreciation of a land ethnic for Wisconsin’s glacial and driftess landscapes. His widespread efforts have increased the awareness and appreciation tor the Ice Age Trail (IAT) among thousands of people.


He has given talks or led interpretative hikes in 37 Wisconsin counties in addition to representing the Ice Age Trail in huge expos at Canoecopia and the Madison Home and Guardian Show.  Dave is the first author of Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, the most detailed and scientific-based publication on the trail.   In the book’s introduction, Mickelson describes one of the joys of hiking the trail as follows:


“ . . . each footfall takes you over often violent geological

history . . . If you know how to read the landscape, the

Ice Age Trail can tell you how Wisconsin came to be.”


In collaboration with Dolly McNulty he was instrumental in developing the ColdCache Program and a 5-day IAT Roads Scholar course.   Last year he spearheaded establishing two interpretative exhibits funded by 3M Company depicting the glacial geology origins of the Island City of Cumberland Wisconsin.  He has provided his professional expertise while serving six-years on the Board of Directors of the Ice Age Trail Alliance.


March 22, 2021
Emily and Diggins received Superior Lobetrotter patch and Companion Dog patch for hiking our area-Hemlock Creek to Grassy Lake. Way to go!
Fun Gifts for Emily and Diggins too from across Wisconsin.
March 27th, 2021
Emily and Diggins arrive at Tuscobia Trailhead.
Hats off to all of the volunteers to cheer her on.  Thank you Gary & Tracy Crisler for Emily’s overnight camping in their backyard close to the trail. 100 miles to go!
       Arriving at the Tuscobia Trailhead
    Camping at Crisler Farm

Join the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance for a hike on the Timberland segment on Saturday March 13th starting at 10:00 AM. Hikers should meet at the trailhead on Leech Lake Rd, two miles NW of Hwy 63 and Brickyard Rd by 10:00. The 3 mile round trip hike will go west on the trail to the CASTA ski trail and then to the headwaters of the Clam river, about 1.5 miles.

Please call or text Bob Held at 715-761-1657 for more info and to reserve a spot. Snowshoes will depend on conditions. COVID recommendations suggest social distancing and mask wearing. “


A wonderful time was had by all at our 20th Annual Snowshoe Hike!

Thank Blue Hills Chapter for Co-Hosting and for everyone who attended.  Enjoy coming along on our hike by playing this video!



20th Annual Snowshoe Hike on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail

Superior Lobe Chapter & Blue Hills Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance

invite you on their 20th Annual Snowshoe Hike

1:00 P.M., Saturday, February 13, 2021
Murphy Dam Picnic Area

Join us on snowshoes for your choice of 1, 3 or 6 miles through a Winter Wonderland.

Enjoy making new friends around a roaring bonfire.

before and after.

COVID has changed things a bit so please keep in mind:

  • We will maintain healthy social distancing, and we encourage wearing masks. We will provide masks and hand sanitizer for those who do not have their own.
  • Bring your own snacks and beverages to enjoy around the bonfire.


  • 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.” For more information contact Sue at 612-723-0354


IATA – Superior Lobe Chapter – 2021 Annual Meeting Agenda
January 29 – 6:30 – 8:00pm
Virtual – Zoom Meeting
6:30pm – Business Meeting
–       Budget
–       Inventory
–       Improvement Priority
–       Trail Update
–       Election of Officer’s
7:00pm –
–       Chapter news/highlights – Tim
–       Dream Trail update – Dave C.
–       Up-coming events
–       Wrap-up – Bob

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Time: Jan 29, 2021 06:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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2021 starts off with a great Hike-Yoga Outdoor Opportunity!


January 30, 2020

Join Pam Baker of Wildheart Yoga and Sue Greenway of The Ice Age Trail Alliance as they lead us on a Hiking/Yoga Trek on the Grassy Lake Segment of the Ice Age Trail.

Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Social Distancing
Good Exercise
Fun For All
No charge for these great 2021 Events!
In Barronett take a right on 30th and proceed 5.6 miles to the Ice Age Trail parking lot on the left-hand side of the road.


Past January Events-

On Saturday, January 2nd about 25 people joined at Timberland Hills for a one hour snowshoe and yoga hike co-sponsored by the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail, Yoga Wildheart and Cumberland Community Ed. Even the most skeptical enjoyed the Yoga! Mark  your calendar for two additional snowshoe/yoga hikes. The first will be at Grassy Lake Segment on January 30th (10 AM) and the next will be at Timberland Hills off Boyd Road on Saturday February 20th (10 AM).



Sue Greenway, Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail
[email protected] /612-723-0354

Susan Bridger, Cumberland Community Education Director
[email protected] / 715-822-5121 ext. 403

Volunteer work in January

What fun and what a sense of accomplishment!  January 12th was a beautiful day for four women who spent three volunteer hours relocating a bench on the Grassy Lake Segment in Barronett. A big thank you to Sandra Stevens, Linda Goergon, Annette O’Hern and Sue Greenway.




A bench was dedicated to Don and Jan Erickson for their hard work throughout the years and dedication. You both are PRICELESS to the trail and the IATA as a whole.  Bravo!


A bench was dedicated to Dan Brereton as a surprise for his dedication on the trail. We are grateful for his steady, cheerful work on the tail.  Also, an image of a new sign he made for the Hemlock Segment. Bravo!




Thank you Mary Hilfiker for your generosity for our trail!  We are so grateful.  Your kindness is treasured forever!

Pictured is the mower from Mary to our chapter dedication.


To learn more about Mary’s dedication to land and trails check out: Mary Hilfiker — Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa                                      


Congratulations Director Sue Greenway

Sue Greenway of Cumberland, WI, joins the Ice Age Trail Alliance Board of Directors. The Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) is the non-profit volunteer and member-based organization charged with creating, protecting, and supporting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, one of eleven National Scenic Trails. The principal role of the IATA Board of Directors is of governance, making decisions crucial to the life and direction of the organization. These include developing priorities and strategies to address its mission and ensuring its financial stability.

Director Greenway will handily represent the perspectives and experiences of Ice Age Trail enthusiasts of the Northwoods. She has a proven record of applying her professional skills and personal commitment to volunteer activities. Even before her retirement, Sue was an active member of the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, formed in 2001. Chapter members maintain 43 miles of Ice Age Trail as it travels through Barron and Washburn Counties. In her volunteer role as Treasurer, she embraces unique challenges of chapter leadership, including inventive fundraising strategies. She facilitated a bench-building project using volunteer labor and contributions, resulting in a supply of benches for placement on local Trail segments to improve the hiker experience.

Greenway’s enthusiasm for spending time outdoors extends to leading chapter-sponsored hikes on local Ice Age Trail segments. She’s introduced youth volunteers from Barron High School to trail restoration/enhancement activities for their Earth Day program. She raised her hand to assist with IATA sponsored initiatives – ‘Think Outside’ and ‘Summer Saunters’ – designed to familiarize youth with the Trail. Greenway also began ‘Walkabout Wednesday’ hikes, an informal group that, in recent years, has acquainted dozens of women to hiking local trails. The outings grew out of Greenway’s solo hike of the Ice Age Trail from St. Croix Falls to Cornell.

If you desire more information on the Ice Age Trail, Sue can be reached at 612-723-0354 or [email protected]


Way to go, Sue Walker Greenway, and her brother, Aaron Nelson, for participating in the Mammoth Hike Challenge-40 miles in October. Pictured are various sections of the Ice Age Trail they hiked.






Thank you Bob and Audrey Held for the newly remade kiosk in Barronett! Bravo!



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



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

The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources. The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a non-profit volunteer and member-based organization established in 1958 that works to create, support, and protect the Ice Age Trail.

At this time due to COVID-19 precautions, our in person monthly me