• Montrose and Brooklyn Wildlife Segments

    Hughes Road Parking Lot

    All, please see below for the parking area links. Lets continue in Dane County Wisconsin by hiking the Montrose and Brooklyn Wildlife Segments- approximately 11 Miles Meetup Location, 9:30 am Hughes Road Parking Lot https://goo.gl/maps/gyvyiGtLMPK2 See map of hike and parking links here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1uMLFLzbEC1l4gVcDXneg1GwysFvSm2SJ The Montrose Segment starts out from Purcell Road by heading southwest along the Badger State Trail, this segment hikes between wooded fields, agricultural areas, an open plateau, farm fields and wooded areas. We should be able to enjoy outstanding views across a glacial outwash plain to the Sugar River watershed and the city of Belleville. If there is a preference for a shorter hike, we can just do Montrose only, which is 7.5 miles The Brooklyn Wildlife Segment traverses an area featuring highly eroded glacial deposits The segment highlights meadows, woodlands, oak savannas and colorful prairies. the variety of of habitat in the area results in great bird-watching opportunities. 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. Hopefully people will want to go for a bite to eat or drink after the hike. My cell phone is[masked] and I have a grey honda pilot XL-8204, please contact me with any questions CAR SHUTTLING & LOGISTICS Shuttle To Location, Montrose Segment (Badger State Trail Parking: https://goo.gl/maps/CyfHKAkcdAS2 Segment hiking is not out and back or loop hikes. For this hike we will all meet at the coordinates as per above- Brooklyn Wildlife Segment Trailhead Please be courteous to the other hikers and arrive promptly at 9:30 AM or before. ***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.

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  • July 4th Devil's Lake Hike and Picnic

    Devil's Lake State Park

    Lets hike Devil's Lake, both the East and West Bluff Trails, approximately 7 miles and then picnic lunch after. Unfortunately, this is NOT a beginners hike, please bring plenty of water and hiking poles if needed, Once you get into Baraboo, follow the signs to the park. Go to the north entrance of Devils Lake State Park. Once you get to the park entrance/headquarters, look to your right and you will see a large building/concession stand, this is where we are meeting. Devils Lake State Park S5975 Park Road Baraboo, WI[masked] Please be courteous to the other hikers and arrive promptly at the "Meetup" location by 9:30 AM of before. Proper management of your RSVP is requested, it prevents the group from waiting for "no shows". A Wisconsin Park sticker is required or you will need to pay a park admission fee. If interested, please bring food to share and blankets for a July 4th Picnic, the park will probably be crowded so plan accordingly. Thank you,

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  • 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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