This is an intermediate level trip due to distance.
Friday night, hike in approximately 1 mile and spend the night at Shelter 6. Saturday, hike approximately 15.5 miles to Greenbush Group Camp site 2 and stay the night there. Sunday, leaving options open to continue hiking or head home.
Saturday we will also rendezvous with the Chicago Suburbs Backpackers at Shelter 3 or on the trail and share the group site with them that evening. Saturday night will also include an optional taco bar meal at the group site.
Average temps for this time of year, high of 65° F, low of 40° F
Friday May 2nd
Assemble at Shelter 6 located in the Zillmer Trails area in the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. There won’t be a set meeting time, instead arrive and hike in as your schedule permits. Please park in the Zillmer Trails area southern parking lot located of off County Highway SS; we will shuttle vehicles from there in the morning. THIS LOT DOES REQUIRE A PARKING STICKER, a self-registration station is available.
Shelter 6 is located about a mile from the parking lot. Start on the green trail and follow it to the right (counterclockwise on the map) to the first bridge. At this point the green trail loops back toward the parking lot while the red trail continues on. Follow the trail on either side of the stream a very short distance southwest to the second bridge. From the north side of that bridge the signpost and path to the shelter should be visible looking to the northwest.
Everyone should bring a tent. Although we have a shelter available to us here our site for Saturday night has no shelter.
Saturday May 3rd
Our overall distance for the day will be 15.5 miles hiking from shelter 6 to the group site at Greenbush.
In the morning we’ll hike out approximately a mile from shelter 6 to the Zillmer Trails area south parking lot. From there we’ll shuttle vehicles to the main Greenbush parking lot which DOES REQUIRE A PARKING STICKER, a self-registration station is available. Before we start down the trail we can use the well to replenish our water.
Our hike will follow the green Zillmer Trail for a short distance to the bike trail taking it another short distance to County Road SS. From there we’ll road walk SS approximately half of mile where we’ll pick up the Snowmobile/Bridle Trail and take it 2.5 miles to Division Road near shelter 3. There will be a group from the Chicago Suburban Backpackers staying at shelter 3 Friday night so we’ll either join up with them there of someplace along the trail. From there the hike is approximately 11 miles and a bit more straight forward following the shelter spur to the Ice Age Trail and following it to the Greenbush Group camp.
Along the way there will be a well and hand pump at Butler Lake where we can get water and take a short break. Shelter 4 might be another good place for a break. After shelter 5 there is another well and hand pump but if you have any water left continue on to the well at the Greenbush parking lot.
Leave the IAT following the signs to the Greenbush parking lot; if you hit Kettle Moraine Drive, you’ve gone too far. At the northwest corner of the parking lot is a well; this is the water source for our area of the group camp. From that corner of the parking lot there is a gravel road leading back to the group sites, follow the road and signs to group site 2.
I will be acquiring several bundles of firewood to use at the group camp.
Cinco de Mayo Taco Bar
The Cinco de Mayo post hike taco bar tradition will continue this year. I’ll get all the taco fixings and do some of the prep work ahead of time and pack everything in a cooler and make sure it’s in a vehicle at the group site. I’ll need a little help warming up meat and beans but other than that relax and enjoy. It usually includes a variety of hard and soft taco, seasoned ground beef, refried and black beans, cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, guacamole, tortilla chips, salsa and cheese dip, more than enough to overfill a tummy. The meal is an additional $5 and not included in the price of the meetup. Please let me know with a comment when you RSVP if you want to be included. If there is a surplus in taco funds I’ll use it to pick up some appropriate beverages.
Sunday May 4th
There won’t be anything scheduled but options include packing up and going home, shuttling cars and hiking some more of the IAT or taking advantage of the nearby Greenbush Hiking Trail loops.
Your $20.00 participation fee INCLUDES the following:
Shelter Reservation (1 nights, $12.00/night) - $12.00
Reserve America reservation fee for shelter - $9.70
Site at Greenbush Group Camp (1 night, $40.00/night, Split between our meetup and the Chicago Suburband Backpackers) - $20.00
Reserve America reservation fee for group site ($9.70 split between both meetup groups) - $4.85
Meetup Fee (2 nights, $5.00/night) - $10.00
Firewood (4 units, $5.00/unit) - $20.00
Your $20.00 participation fee DOES NOT includes the following:
Taco Meal - $5.00
Kettle Moraine State Forest Northern Unit - http://files.meetup.com/726779/Kettle%20Moraine%20SF%20Northern%20Unit%20Map.pdf
Zillmer Trail Area Map – http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/pdfs/kmnzillmertr.pdf
Greenbush Group Camp-http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/PDFs/kmngreenbushcamp.pdf
Greenbush Hiking Trails-http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/name/kmn/pdfs/kmngreenbushtrails.pdf
Feel free to contact me with any questions through the meetup site or directly at [masked]