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.

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 meetings are suspended. 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]

 JANUARY 2021 EVENTS

                            

2021 starts off with a great Hike-Yoga Outdoor Opportunity!

Join Sue Greenway from the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail and Pam Baker of Wildheart Yoga on a Hike/Yoga trek on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

The group will meet at the Timberland Hills lighted parking lot on the west side of Hwy. H about 7.5 miles north of Cumberland by 9:45 a.m. The trail is about 1.5 miles. Weather permitting the group will make the loop twice with short yoga stops each time.

  • Social Distancing
  • Good Exercise
  • Fun and Free for all

 Questions or concerns? Please contact:

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

 

DECEMBER EVENTS

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!

           

 

NOVEMBER EVENTS

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]

MAMMOTH HIKE CHALLENGE

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!

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CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION FOR HIKERS

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 iceagetrail.org for more Trail information.

Grassy Lake Atlas Map