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Kettle Moraine North - September Trip

  • Sep 6, 2013 · 5:00 PM
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Here's your chance beginners! You can attend this meetup too. We will have 2 groups that will have different start time.


Beginners: Join us at shelter 5 on Friday night. On Saturday, you will shuttle cars to Butler Lake and start your hike to shelter 2 from there. The hike will be about 8 miles or so. Intermediate level will start at shelter 5 and we will all meet at shelter 2 on Saturday night. Same amount of miles will be done from both group on Sunday night.

If you plan on hiking the intermediate route, please be advised that this is a long mileage hike and only those who are physically fit can hike it.

Friday September 6th.
Assemble at Backpacking Shelter 5 after 5pm as your schedule permits.  The hike from the Greenbush kettle parking area to the shelter is about 0.3 mile. Parking is located on Kettle Moraine Drive. Parnell Trail Area will have access to water as well as Butler Lake trail area will have a hand pump where we will be able to fill up.
I plan on shuttling the car for the intermediate group on Friday night so we can get moving early on saturday morning without having to worry about the cars.

Saturday September 7th
BEGINNERS route: Shuttle car to Butler Lake. Start hike from parking area and hike to Shelter 2. Hike is about 8 miles. Make sure you fill your water at this location.

INTERMEDIATE route: The hike from Shelter 5 to Shelter 2 is about 15.9 miles. Depending on how early we hike out we can have lunch at Butler lake where there will be water available and tables.

Sunday September 8th
Intermediate will hike another 7.5 miles to shelter 1 parking lot.

Beginners will have to decide at the moment of shuttling their car on Saturday morning, if they plan on hiking only 3 miles to the New Fane Trail or follow the 7.5 miles intermediate route.


General Info
The shelters do have a pit toilet/outhouse but do not have a water source.  They don’t have a fireplace (outside fire ring only) or stove but provide excellent protection from the wind and elements.  Participation will be limited to 10 persons based on the DNR shelter occupancy limit. There are benches along the walls to sleep on but they won’t accommodate 10 people.  There is plenty of floor space and we are allowed to set up tents around the shelter.  A State park parking sticker is required for parking in the Kettle Moraine area.

Average temps for this time of year: High = 71, Low = 50

Fee Information

Your $15.00 participation fee includes the following:  
Shelter Reservation (2 nights, $12.00/night) - $24.00  
Reserve America reservation fee - $9.70  
Meetup Fee (2 nights, $5.00/night) - $10.00  


Map - Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit  


Feel free to contact me with any questions through the meetup site or directly at [masked]

****You are fully responsible for your food, water and own security during this trip.****

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  • Dennis W

    Thanks all,

    I had a great time. It's too bad it didn't rain and we could have used a little more humidity but I really did enjoyed our stay at the bat cave; it gave me a chance to dry out my underwear. Hope to see you again.

    September 9, 2013

  • Danny K.

    Thanks Melanie for organizing this and for being so flexible and accommodating! It was a great time and a great way to get back into backpacking with grown-ups. The downpour added to the richness of the adventure. :) I'm definitely looking forward to the Governor Dodge trip!

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • Melanie

      I'm glad that you had fun. Governor dodge will be a blasty blast too. :) Thanks for coming and hanging out with us!

      September 8, 2013

  • Mike

    awesome trip, just disappointed they sealed the Squatch glory hole

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Melanie

    Thanks to everyone who joined us on this trip. Hopefully you had lots of fun and good laugh despite the rain. Thanks for those who shuttled and brought beer. Can't wait to do this again with this crazy fun bunch. :)

    September 8, 2013

  • Melanie

    I lied! There's a chance of thunderstorm Friday night until Saturday Morning. Be prepare to get a little wet… It may cool the air for Saturday's hike, that would be nice.

    September 5, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Wish I could go - I'm already booked for camping & hiking the Sturgeon Bay segment of the Ice Age Trail this weekend.

    1 · September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to have to cancel out on this trip. My right knee has been giving me problems.

    September 3, 2013

    • Melanie

      That's not a problem! Get them better and see you on a different trip :)

      September 3, 2013

  • Melanie

    We should have a gorgeous weekend for this! I'm excited :D

    1 · September 3, 2013

  • Melanie

    I am thinking of making Sunday's mileage longer. Departure from Shelter 2 and hike to shelter 1 parking lot. This would be 7.5 miles for Sunday. Beginners and intermediate would be doing the same mileage on Sunday. Unless beginners wants to keep the mileage down to 3 we can split Sunday into 2 groups again.
    In the past, intermediates have hiked the short mileage too fast. Anyone has thoughts on this alternative?

    1 · August 7, 2013

    • Danny K.

      I personally like the idea, though I'm wondering if it would be practical to give beginners the option to choose to take the shorter hike or join the intermediates in the longer return hike.

      August 8, 2013

    • Melanie


      August 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    i would love to go but have the first two weekends booked :(

    July 23, 2013

    • Melanie

      No worries, I'll have other trips in the future! :)

      July 25, 2013

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