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.

Our chapter meets 6:30-8:00 p.m. monthly on the third Tuesday at Don Johnson Motors-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: Superior Lobe Chapter – Ice Age Trail Alliance. 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.  Brochure-Hiking Log[2679].pdf- July 2021 (Print off is below-be sure to set printer settings to to print on both sides /flip on short edge.)

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]

In the News-November

Breaking Trail, Film About Emily Ford’s Ice Age Trail Thru-Hike

Congratulations to Emily Ford one of our winter hikers on the Ice Age Trail.

Last winter, Emily Ford and her trail-dog Diggins completed a historic thru-hike of Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. Breaking Trail, the 30-minute documentary directed by Jesse Roesler covering her hike, premiered at BANFF Festival on Sunday, November 7th with a virtual screening available.

Breaking Trail, Film About Emily Ford’s Ice Age Trail Thru-Hike, Premiers at BANFF Festival



October 2021

Pictured below is one of this year’s Thousand Milers, hiker-Serena Stipek

Reception crowd for Serena of Cornell before she finishes the whole trail at the warming house on Boyd rd in Timberland. About twenty well-wishers, nice crowd. Congratulations Serena!



Thank you to the Rice Lake And Barron County Sunrise Rotary Clubs with a special thanks to Clare Janty, hikers, and volunteers!
Last Saturday turned out to be the perfect day for a Fall Colors hike at Murphy’s Flowage on the Hemlock Creek Segment of the Ice Age Trail near Birchwood. With about 25 attending people choose a hike ranging from 1 to 5.5 miles.



Congratulations to Laura Sandstrom for receiving a 20-year membership award.




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.


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.


Congratulations to the following recipients from our chapter at the 2021 Ice Age Trail Alliance Awards Ceremony

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 for the “In the Mud Award” and the 10 Years of Service Award

  • Warren was recognized for his service to the Superior Lobe Chapter of the Ice Age Trail.
  • 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.”


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!
  • 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.


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

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]