• Parfrey's Glen and Sauk Point Segment - 10mi

    Parfey's Glen State Nature Area

    We will meet at Parfrey's Glen State Natural Area and begin hiking at 9:30am. The hike will be Parfrey's Glen (out and back) and the Sauk Point Segment of the Ice Age Trail (also out and back). You will need a WI state park sticker. The mosquitos are very very bad.

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  • Lets Hike the Milwaukee River Segment

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    All- Lets hike the Milwaukee River Segment, this hike will be approximately 8.6 miles, in and out, no car shuttling and follows an irregular hummocky sand and gravel ridge for most of its length, crossing through densely forested terrain with some open prairie-like areas. I hiked this segment, in and out, over the holidays and really enjoyed it. This segment is rated as 3 for hills and 2 for ruggedness. If you have any questions, please text me at[masked] I have a grey Honda Pilot -XL 8204

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  • Time to hike the Whitewater Lake Segment

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    Are you ready to hike the Whitewater Lake Segment? I've hiked this segment a number of times, it is really scenic and good for photo taking. This segment is 4.6 miles, which we will hike up to the beginning of the Blackhawk segment and turn around and hike back to our cars for a total of 9.2 miles. We will be hiking through beautiful areas with kettles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettle_Moraine), pine plantations, over puncheons and up and down some steep paths…should be fun! As we are hiking in and back we will not need to shuttle cars. As always, lets try to grab some lunch afterwards. FYI- for those of you who may be interested, there is Whitewater Lake campground near the beginning of the hike. ***Make sure you have a WI State Parks sticker or you'll need to buy a day pass. Info here: http://goo.gl/rxIq4B (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/admission.html) (If you are planning on doing multiple hikes you may want to get an annual sticker) The IAT (Ice Age Trail) book that I have rates both theWhitewater Lake segment with a ruggedness of 2 and an elevation change of a 3 on a scale of 1-5, so this should a great hike with lots of up and downs. FYI - If for some reason the weather looks bad on Saturday night, we will reschedule. So check this page at 6AM before you head out. Thanks! Dogs that are well behaved and socialized are welcome to attend this hike, Snoop would love the company.

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  • Devil's Lake Segment - 10mi

    Devil's Lake State Park

    With Memorial Day and National Trails Day weekends behind us we should have a relatively quiet weekday hike. This will be a loop hike. By hiking a short part of the park's Upland Trail we will connect this segment to make an approximate 10 mile loop. We will meet at the North Shore Concessions area and begin hiking at 9:30am. You will need a WI state park sticker.

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  • Table Bluff and Cross Plains Segments

    IAT Table Bluff Trailhead

    We'll meet at the parking lot on Table Bluff Rd and organize a shuttle to start the hike on Cnty Hwy P south of Cross Plains. The hike is around 8.5 miles and includes a new section of trail that some of us were able to help build last year. This is a thru section hike where we will start at the Cross Plains trail head and end at the Table Bluff trail head. We will need volunteers to help with the shuttle. What to bring: proper footwear, bug spray, sunscreen, water, and snacks(fuel). Got a message from Kim (Thanks Kim!) This is Wisconsin's free park week. No state sticker required.

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  • Greenbush Segment and Parnell (partial) ~ 11.2 miles

    Let's hike the Greenbush and partial Parnell segments! A few of our group will be backpacking the entire Kettle Moraine Northern unit and let's join them on the last leg of their journey. The first section of the Greenbush segment passes through high relief hummocky topography (HRHT), which is a series of hills and valleys created by the debris on top of a glacier after the glacier melted. About 3 miles into the hike, right after we cross Hwy 23, we will travel on Old Plank Road Trail for about half a mile. This was a stagecoach trail that linked Sheboygan and Fond du Lac. The last part of our hike will be across flatter outwash, which is sediment left by the water flowing away from a melting glacier until we get to the last climb towards the tower! For this hike we will meet at the south Parnell Tower parking lot at 9:30 AM sharp. Right at 9:30 AM we will take a headcount to determine how many cars we need to shuttle. We will be shuttling cars north to the Greenbush trailhead parking area on Hwy P and we will start the hike from there and hike back to our cars at Parnell Tower. Meetup location, Parnell Tower parking lot: https://goo.gl/maps/CECnCbQgMj1BWKCSA Shuttle "to" location: https://goo.gl/maps/sLXam4prbNvFz8do9 Map of hike: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ONxc_TKm7XqB1viBMM4J1xJV1Bhhsra2 Elevation Profile (North to South): +1575 ft / -1293 ft! https://drive.google.com/open?id=1CcLFV5U5DD9lAQtRsn1mqHUr2fRvKxHU ***Make sure you have a WI State Parks sticker or you'll need to buy a day pass. Info here: http://goo.gl/rxIq4B (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/parks/admission.html) (If you are planning on doing multiple hikes you may want to get an annual sticker) A FEW IMPORTANT NOTES (Please read): Please be courteous to the other hikers and arrive promptly at the "Meetup" location by 9:30 AM or before. Proper management of your RSVP is requested, it prevents the group from waiting for "no shows". If you are not there by the time we take a headcount, you will miss the shuttle to the "hike start" area and ultimately the hike. We start on time! WEATHER: In case of questionable or inclement weather, after all I did schedule this and and my track record is poor, check this Meetup the day of the hike at 6AM for updates. PLEASE BRING PLENTY of WATER and snacks. Dress appropriately for these hikes, it’s important for your safety and comfort. Do not wear denim jeans, try and avoid cotton, do wear hiking shoes or boots and good hiking socks. Please note, this time of year, expect the unexpected. Be prepared for wind, rain, mud and cold. With all of the snow and rain that we have had there is the possibility of a few muddy sections. Please refer to this link for appropriate hiking clothing and footwear (scroll to the bottom): https://goo.gl/uIcjEM PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for your own safety while on this hike as well as traveling from and to the hike locations. While organizers, event hosts, and other trip participants may help to facilitate trip planning and logistics, each trip participant must know his/her own capabilities and is solely responsible for his/her own safety. Please make sure your health is up to the challenge, we usually hike with a moving average around 3 miles per hour, terrain and condition dependent. Please make sure you are able to keep up. CAR SHUTTLING & LOGISTICS Logistics: Segment hiking is not out and back so we will need to shuttle cars a few miles (Shouldn't take very long). For this hike we will all meet at the Parnell Tower parking lot at 9:30AM sharp. We will need a few volunteers (depending on how many people we have) to shuttle hikers to the point where we will start to hike. The IAT (Ice Age Trail) book that I have rates both the Greenbush and Parnell segments with a ruggedness of 3 and an elevation change of a 4, on a scale of 1-5. This should a great hike with lots of up and downs. Finally, for those interested, let's grab a bite to eat afterwards.

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  • Merrimac and Gibraltar Rock - Spring Hike ~10mi

    Roznos Meadow Trailhead Parking Lot

    It's supposed to be partly sunny with a high of 48 degrees, perfect weather for ice cream while we hike the Merrimac and Gibraltar Rock segments with a bonus Ferry ride across Lake WI! Click the Link Below for a complete map of the hike with Google map links built in: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14_Svg7xML9NWZTBtiaPC_a7yi-dz41II Or here if the PDF won't open on your mobile device: Meetup Location: https://goo.gl/maps/KRgLuMNrxbu We'll Meetup at the Roznos parking lot, the Northern starting point of the hike. Hopefully, there will be enough of us to shuttle cars in the morning before the hike to save time. We'll start by hiking the Merrimac segment and walk through town to the ferry which we'll take across Lake WI. Upon arrival on the other side, we'll begin the Gibraltar Rock Segment. The following paragraphs in quotes are taken from purchased IATA material. “The Merrimac segment passes through the Merrimac Preserve, which is owned and managed by the Riverland Conservancy, and encompasses more than 1,800 acres. The preserve provides an integral wildlife corridor between the Baraboo Bluffs and the Wisconsin River.” "Rising 1,234 ft above sea level, Gibraltar Rock is a flat-topped butte, an outlier of the Magnesian escarpment, with a thin dolomite cap over St. Peter sandstone. Its 200-ft sheer cliffs offer spectacular panoramic views of the Wisconsin River valley and Lake Wisconsin. On the south side of the butte is a rock face bluff overlooking a large leather-leaf bog and a bucolic valley. We will stop to eat along the way and enjoy the views so pack a snack and/or lunch and plenty of water and/or sports drink. By the way, the ice cream is REALLY good at the Ferry crossing, bring a few dollars along! *This hike may be longer duration than usual due to the Ferry and the shuttling logistics but I am hopeful to beat the heat and make it back to Devils Lake in time for water fun. CAR SHUTTLING & LOGISTICS Segment hiking is not out and back or loop hikes. For this hike we will all meet at the North Western Trailhead of the Merrimac Segment at 9:30 AM sharp. Please be courteous to the other hikers and arrive promptly at 9:30 AM or before. I have a Honda Pilot- IL XL8204- my cell is[masked]. Hike End Location: https://goo.gl/maps/YeH5gGmfFVJ2 ***You will need a WI State Parks sticker or may need to buy a day pass. Info here: http://goo.gl/rxIq4B *** ***FYI - If for some reason the weather looks bad on Saturday night for Sunday, we will reschedule. So check this page at 6AM before you head out. Thanks! PLEASE dress appropriately for these hikes. It’s important for your safety and comfort. Do not wear denim jeans, try and avoid cotton, wear hiking shoes or boots and good hiking socks. Please note, this time of year, expect the unexpected. Please be prepared for wind, rain, cold, mud, heat and bugs. Please refer to this link for appropriate hiking clothing and footwear (scroll to the bottom): https://goo.gl/uIcjEM PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for your own safety while on this hike as well as traveling from and to the hike locations. While organizers, event hosts, and other trip participants may help to facilitate trip planning and logistics, each trip participant must know his/her own capabilities and is solely responsible for his/her own safety. The Gibraltar Rock segment is a strenuous hike, the IATA guide book list it as a 5 which is the highest rating. In fact, my GPS shows a gain of 600 feet and a loss of 400 feet over 4.8 miles! Please make sure your health is up to the challenge, we usually hike with a moving average around 3 miles per hour, terrain and condition dependent.

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  • No work on Friday? Let's Hike the Blackhawk and Blue Spring (partial) segment

    Ice Age Trail Parking, Blackhawk segment

    Let’s make Good Friday a great Friday and hike the Blackhawk & part of the Blue Spring segments! The Blackhawk Segment is 7 miles in length and the partial hike of the Blue Spring segment to Horseriders campground is 3.6 miles. We will be hiking through beautiful areas with kettles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kettle_Moraine) and plenty of up and downs (+1407 / -1391 feet of elevation change). This hike should be about 10.6 miles. Please be courteous to the other hikers and arrive promptly at 10:00 AM or before. Proper management of your RSVP is requested, it prevents the group from waiting for "no shows". If you are not there by the time we take a headcount, you will miss the shuttle to the "hike start" area and ultimately the hike. Meetup location, Hwy 12: USH 12 and Sherwood Forest Rd, Whitewater, WI 53190 https://goo.gl/maps/DcYNURUAs522 Shuttle to, “hike start”: Horseriders campground, Little Prairie Rd, Palmyra https://goo.gl/maps/34E6qeq6KBk Map of the hike: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OGeAhzqOj0mOKjOxUpXy78QMm0s2fP8-/view?usp=drivesdk Please note, we may have to alter this hike slightly if the weather turns bad. According to the DNR, the Horseriders camp driveway and parking area is not maintained. WEATHER: In case of questionable or inclement weather, check this Meetup at 7am for updates. I do promise NO ICE! PLEASE BRING PLENTY of WATER and snacks. Dress appropriately for these hikes, it’s important for your safety and comfort. Do not wear denim jeans, try and avoid cotton, do wear hiking shoes or boots and good hiking socks. Please note, this time of year, expect the unexpected. Please be prepared for wind, rain, snow and cold. Please refer to this link for appropriate hiking clothing and footwear (scroll to the bottom): https://goo.gl/uIcjEM PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for your own safety while on this hike as well as traveling from and to the hike locations. While organizers, event hosts, and other trip participants may help to facilitate trip planning and logistics, each trip participant must know his/her own capabilities and is solely responsible for his/her own safety. Please make sure your health is up to the challenge, we usually hike with a moving average around 3 miles per hour, terrain and condition dependent. ***You will need a WI State Parks sticker and / or will need to purchase a day pass. Info here: http://goo.gl/rxIq4B *** CAR SHUTTLING & LOGISTICS Again, please be courteous to the other hikers and arrive promptly at the "Meetup location" by 10:00AM or before. Segment hiking is not out and back or loop hikes. We will need volunteers to help shuttle hikers a few miles to the starting point of the hike from the Meetup location. We will then hike back to the cars at the original Meetup location. After the hike we will then need to return the shuttle drivers to their cars that they drove to the hike start point.

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