13394 County Hwy. M, New Auburn, WI
RSVPs open Sunday, September 10 at 8 PM.
We have done this trail the last few years in the fall. The trail has been recently redone and is in great shape. It's a beautiful trail this time of year with no less than five beaver dams or so along the way. It's not a particularly difficult trail nor does it get a lot of use. See trail description below. Its a pretty solid intermediate hike. There is a back country primitive camp site between two lakes that we will utilize about 13.5 miles in from the trail head.This is a linear route and thus we will need to car shuttle. The trail head is on Hwy "CC" near Cornell, WI so we will hike this as we did before from east to west and end at the Chippewa Moraine Interpretive Center. See the PDF map in file section. Overall this will be a typical week end trip arriving Friday night and car camping, then hiking about 13.5 miles (5 to 6 hours of hiking) on Saturday, and then hiking the final 7 miles (2.5 hour hike) on Sunday morning with a stop for beer and burgers and getting back to the Chicago area at a decent time (8 PM). Those riding with me will have the added advantage of listing to the Packer Radio network on the way back. For those who want to leave early on Friday, you can check out the Leinenkugel Brewery in Chippewa Falls.
Situated along the Ice Age National Scenic Trail the Chippewa Moraine offers unspoiled beauty with its many kettle lakes and glacial features. This scenic segment winds its way west through the Chippewa County Forest, and private lands, to the eastern boundary of the Chippewa Moraine Unit of the Ice Age Reserve (which we will go through too). Along its meandering route, the Trail crosses glacial ridges, rushing creeks, three beaver ponds and passes by several undeveloped lakes. Whitetail deer, ruffed grouse, beaver and waterfowl are the most common wildlife encountered on the Trail. Some fine stands of red pine, white pine and mixed hardwoods shade the route.
Important Safety Information
This is a 20 mile route with a 13.5 mile day and we will be camping overnight in the back country. This is not a beginner trip. You should have some previous back packing experience to do this trip. Email the organizer if you have questions. Be sure you are confident enough in your skills and abilities to do the hike before you sign up. Make sure you have the proper gear and carry enough food for yourself for the weekend. Everybody attending is responsible for bringing their own equipment i.e. shelter, sleeping bag, stove and food. This is also big time black bear country so bring a food bag that is suitable to be hung. Based on our previous experience with this trail I do not recommend wearing shorts. Treating boots and clothing with permethrin to ward off ticks is also recommended. Also please download and bring a copy of the IAT PDF map in the file section. For those of you who use a GPS app, there is also a GPX file in the file section.
All attendees need to understand that while I and others in the group will look out for your well being, YOU are ultimately responsible for your own safety. This is an intermediate hike so please be confident of your physical abilities before you join.
As always alcohol and tobacco are welcome but drink responsibly.This is not a dog friendly trail so dogs are not welcome on this trip. No minors.
IMPORTANT: I will email carpool arrangements as the date of our meetup approaches. Please message me answers to the following questions for car pools:
Can you drive?
How many passengers can you take?
Email and cell phone number?
The earliest time you can leave and the location you would be leaving from?
If you say that you can drive, barring some unforeseen cataclysmic event, please be positive that you are going to attend. Fee: $5 Meetup fee, $9 campsite fee plus split cost for gas,tolls, etc. within car pools. No refunds unless we cancel the trip.
Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.