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4th of July hike at Kettle Moraine - McMiller Ski Trails

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

This hike will pass through primarily hardwood forest and pine plantations. in Wisconsin's Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. I have never hiked these trails before, but from the DNR website, it sounds like it might be a bit hillier than than the Nordic Ski Trails. 

We'll hike about 11 miles with many options to shorten. We'll hike the outer blue loop (6.5 miles), then zig-zag back through the remaining loops for a total of about 11 miles.

Afterward, we'll have a late lunch at the LaGrange General Store.

Trail Map:

Hiking distance: 11 miles on hilly terrain, with options to shorten

Hiking time: approx 4 hours

Parking: $10 per car (unless you have a WI annual sticker)

Carpooling: If you need a ride or can offer a ride, make a comment in your RSVP

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect day and excellent trails - thanks Linda!!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Sarah B

    Great spot (give or take a few bugs - ha) and a gorgeous day - thanks Linda!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Luda

    Thanks Linda for organizing very nice hike!

    1 · July 5, 2014

  • Zak

    The strangest thing I saw I came back from the Ice Age Trail was a peacock farm

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Jeanette

    Was great hike! Nice hiking with all of you! Thank you Linda for organizing. You all please come more often to my back yard:)

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Zak

    was great thank you very much for organizing

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Betsy J.

    Hi All, I was just confirmed from the waiting list. I live by Irving Park and Broadway and would be happy to meet a driver somewhere convenient for a ride to and from. It would be ideal, though not necessary, if I could ride home with someone leaving earlier rather than later. Thank you!

    1 · June 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Agreed. Great plan! I anyone driving is interested in carpooling, I could use a ride from Chicago. I live in Rogers Park but can meet somewhere reasonably accessible by pubtrans. Split gas, and coffee, and doughnuts are on me!

    June 23, 2014

  • KrisT

    So glad you organized this hike, great for the holiday weekend!

    June 23, 2014

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