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Backpack on Ice Age Trail in Chequamegon NF

  • Oct 4, 2012 · 9:00 AM

I saw that a trip is already scheduled for this Meetup group, but thought I would post this here in case anyone was interested in something closer that weekend.

Planning to do a trip on the newly rennovated stretch of the Ice Age Trail in the Chequamegon National Forest. The Ice Age Trail Alliance this year held two Mobile Skills Crew events there this year for which they improved the trail, build structures, and do some re-routing. So I thought this would be a good time to give it a try. My plan was to try to do HWY 64 to HWY E eastbound, which would put it at a distance of about 29 miles, though I could add or subtract a little (perhaps go further to the Mondeaux Flowage). For anyone who has the Ice Age Trail Atlas, you can see where the campsites are along the trail. At this point I'd classify this as an intermediate trip due to the potential for rougher trail with water crossings, possible sub-32 temps, and maybe one day above 10 miles. Details subject to change but wanted to throw it up here in case anyone is interested.

Update - this would be my planned itinerary. Please refer to Ice Age Trail Atlas pages 20f-23f for maps:

Oct. 4 (Thurs.) AM - Leave a car at the eastern endpoint and travel to HWY 64 trailhead. Hike to Lake Eleven campsite, or thereabouts.

Oct. 5 (Fri.) - Hike to campsite, possibly the one at Sailor Creek. Meet up with anyone joining us for Friday evening.

Oct. 6 (Sat.) - Hike to campsite near North Fork Yellow River.

Oct. 7 (Sun.) - Hike out to HWY E or to Mondeaux Flowage/Spearhead Point area.

Notes: Having contacted Buzz Meyer, chapter coordinator for Taylor Co., and hearing from Jon who has hiked this stretch before, it sounds like the campsites are rather primitive and in some cases dispersed, off-trail camping, might be just as good. I plan to play it by ear in that regard and be flexible. Plan on latrines not being available, and be ready to bear bag your food and other items. I also recommend bringing along an item of blaze orange as I believe it is bear hunting season through Oct. 9. Make sure you have appropriate gear including a water filter, compass, whistle, etc... (see group recommended gear list) and would be ready for cooler nighttime temps and possible rain.

More info here: http://highpoint.iceagetrail.org/hike-the-chapter

Per group policy, the charge for this would be $15, though I believe if you aren't able to come until Friday night you could pay $10.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Added some photos. Due to issues with Meetup some of them at the end are out of order.

    October 14, 2012

  • Michael H.

    This was a great trip despite an unrelenting wind the first day and a little snow the second day. The more advanced backpackers were generous in sharing experience and practical tips. I had a good experience.

    October 9, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good trip and good attendees

    October 8, 2012

  • Sybille

    I have tried to get approval from Ken for that intermediate trip but haven't heard from him. If possible I still would like to participate from Friday to Sunday. However with the approval in the air I don't know what to do. I have the Ice Age trail on my GPS and will be able to find the the campsite at Sailor Creek. I would leave Green Bay latest 1 PM. Maybe you have a recommendation where to park.

    October 3, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sybille can you contact [masked]? She should be able to do it ASAP. Tell her about your experience level. You can call me about the trip[masked] some time today or tonight and I can fill you in. Hard to do this by email so hope that is OK.

      October 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How many people are coming up on Friday night and where are they coming from?

    October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, because you are listed as a beginner and this trip is rated per group policy as intermediate, you need to contact Ken before being able to come on the trip.

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I reread the meetup and saw it is an intermediate. I am still a beginner.

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jan, sorry you need to contact Ken or one of the other assistant organizers before I can confirm you to be able to come on this. This is the group policy (see the policy document). Obviously you should do this ASAP.

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Mike, could I get your phone number just in case I have any questions or trouble?

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am on a waiting list for the Porkies but am thinking it may not happen. I am set for colder temps and have done hiking also. Friday night is the earliest I could be there. It may be 8 before I could get there. I am not familiar with the trails. Sybille, when would you be getting there?

    September 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Sybille, Jon is also thinking he might do the same. Are you familiar with the trail? Do you have the atlas? Otherwise I can find you some maps. The obvious issues would be where you'd come in from and where you'd park your car. I can look into this but I think I'd need to know when you'd be arriving. Giving you a ride back to your car at the end would obviously be no problem.

    September 25, 2012

  • Sybille

    I would like to join partially. Meet you at the Friday night camp. I am assuming you stage a car at the end and I would need a ride to my car. Please let me know if you think that is feasible. I have lots of backpacking experience 10 miles and cold temps are no problem.

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also please click More>Files and read the document on rules and policies if you haven't already.

    September 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Michael - your classification is supposed to reflect your experience level. Have you done much BPing before? I really wouldn't recommend this as a first time kind of trip, but let me know what kind of experience/gear you have...

    September 22, 2012

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