December 5, 2009 · 10:30 AM
Trail Distance: Approximately 10 miles
Trail Difficulty: Moderate to difficult (depends on weather)
Hiking Pace: 3-4 miles per hour
Hike Time: 3.5 to 5 hours
We will meet between 10:15 and 10:40 and get started at 10:45, please plan to get there at 10:30 so if you run a little late you can still get there by 10:45, we will start at 10:45 sharp. We can't wait around in the cold of the parking lot so please be timely.
To get to the meeting point, you need to get to the intersection of Route 12 and County Road H then go about a mile north and you will see a sign for the Nordic Trail on the right side. Info on the required parking pass is in the description below. The star on the map below is the intersection of 12 and H, you will need to zoom in some:
Below is a trail map, there are some cut-off points that people can choose to take if they want to take a couple of miles off towards the hikes end:
While we want many people to join, everyone needs to know that it is not a beginner trail. There are lots of up and down terrain hills and it looks like it will be cold and sunny with an estimated high of 35 for the day. Please be sure you are able to hike the distance and handle the cold also. Lightweight, breathable layers are the best way to dress, bring plenty of water and a snack or lunch for the trail. Keeping hydrated in the cold is just as important as it is when it is hot.
And RSVP policy, if you say Yes to the meet up please have every intention of joining us. We know that things come up and cancellations happen at some points and that is certainly understandable. Sometimes it seems like people RSVP Yes and then change to a No at the last minute keeping people that want to go from joining. Let's be good about RSVP'ing for this event.
As always with Wisconsin DNR, there is a parking fee of $10. Carpooling is highly recommended especially for those that don't have a parking sticker. Many of us have an annual pass since we've been camping in Wisconsin a good deal this year but the 2009 annual pass will be up at months end. If you do go on your own a daily pass is the best bet but see who you can email in the group and share a ride with. Setting up a carpool is up to individual hikers and not the organizers.
After the hike we will most likely go to a place in Lake Geneva called Popeye's, they are on the lake and have a good variety of food that is mostly inexpensive. Here is the link:
An email will be sent to the Yes's on Friday with any last minute info we feel we need to share.