Ice Age Trail in Kettle Moraine South, part 1

  • July 19, 2014 · 10:45 AM

NOTE:  This is a long drive (2 hours) from Chicago, and the terrain will be very hilly. This is not a beginner hike.

We're going to hike an 11.5 mile portion of the southern part of Ice Age Trail in Kettle Moraine. This will be a challenging one-way hike over hilly terrain. There are NO options to shorten. This is a narrow rocky trail, so hiking boots are strongly recommended.

Exact meeting location: We will meet in the Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook Parking Lot.  If the parking lot is full, park on the side of the highway. From here, we will all pack into as few cars as possible and drive to the Whitewater Contact Station. Here we will begin the 11.5 mile hike back to our cars.

Fees: The Wisconsin DNR charges a parking fee of $10/car or $35 for an annual pass. If you need to buy a parking pass, stop at the John Muir or Nordic Trails to buy it BEFORE coming to the meeting spot.

What to Bring: At least 2 liters of water and pack a lunch/snacks. We'll take a 20-minute break to eat midway through the hike.

DRIVERS: Please printout these directions from our meeting spot to the Whitewater Contact Station.

Carpooling: Please use the comments section to offer or request rides from the general group.

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  • Jennifer

    Hi all,
    I would like to go tomorrow. I'm wondering if leashed dogs are allowed on this hike. I also saw that there's no option to shorten but could I possibly just meet at the Whitewater Contact Station and hike-in and then hike back to my car. I was planning to go to Kettle Morraine tomorrow anyways with my dog but I'm not sure if he can do the full 11.5 miles w/summer temps, and I would like to hike part of the way with people if possible. I understand that the way back I'll be on my own- no problem. I do a lot of solo hikes with him.

    July 18, 2014

    • Jennifer

      Thanks!!! My cell is[masked]

      July 18, 2014

  • Inna

    Hi, I'd like to join the hike but I do not have a car. Is anybody driving out from Chicago and wants to share a ride? I'd be happy to chip in for gas.

    1 · July 17, 2014

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