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Kettle Moraine South Trip

This is an intermediate level trip open to intermediate and advanced skill levels! The hike Saturday will be 10.5 miles and the possibility of temperatures below freezing, at least overnight, is a distinct possibility.

This trip was suggested by Melanie. She also did most of the work to organize it including planning the route and making the reservations. Please make sure to thank her for her efforts.

Itinerary:

Friday 09 November 2012

Arrive and park at the Kettle Moraine State Forest Southern Unit Forest Headquarter lot on Highway 59. A WI State Park parking sticker is required and a self registration station is available.


KMSFSU Forest Headquarters
S91 W39091 Highway 59
Eagle, WI 53119

Hike approximately 1 mile using the Stony Ridge Nature Trail to shelter #2 where we will spend the night.

To accommodate the wide variety of work and travel schedules there will not be a formal start/arrival time. I would however appreciate a note in the comment section closer to the meetup date regarding your estimated time of arrival. It is my intention to shuttle cars and make a water drop Friday night if possible. If there are several of us arriving close to the same time we could avoid hiking into the shelter, back out to the lot and back into the shelter again.

There is running water located outside the Forest Headquarters building near the front entrance.

Saturday 10 November 2012

Hike approximately 10.5 miles south on the Ice Age Trail from shelter #2 to shelter #3. Along the way the IAT passes near the Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook, sounds like a good place to take a break and a few pictures. When we arrive at shelter #3 well make camp and then hike down to Duffin Road to retrieve the water we cached there earlier.

Our best option for well water along the route is at the Horse Riders Camp just off the IAT.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Continue hiking south approximately 4.4 miles to the parking lot at Highway 12. Shuttle people back to the remaining cars at the Forest Headquarters lot.

An option for a little more distance Sunday would be to hike to the Whitewater Lake Contact Station which is another 3.8 miles for a total of 8.2 miles.

General Info:

Sunrise will be approximately 6:40am and sunset approximately 4:30pm. Average high for November is 45 degrees F and the average low is 26 degrees F.

The shelter sites include a pit toilet/outhouse, a fire ring and if I remember correctly a picnic table. The shelter itself has an open door and windows and will be a nice place to congregate if the weather isn’t ideal. Well water in the Southern Kettle Moraine isn’t as conveniently located for backpacking as in the northern unit, planning on a water drop near shelter #3 to deal with that. The DNR limits site occupancy to 10 persons so that will serve as our RSVP limit.

Fees:

The $15 per person trip fee will cover the following:
Shelter Reservation ($12.00/shelter) -- $24.00
Reserve America Reservation Fee -- $9.70
Meetup Fee ($5.00/night/person) -- $10.00
A couple gallons of water to cache near shelter #3

Links:

KMSFSU Map


KMSUSF IAT Mileage


Route Map (Will Add Later)


Feel free to contact me with any questions through the meetup page or directly at [masked]

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  • Randall

    Even with not feeling the best, it was good to be out during this beautiful weather! Thanks for making this one happen Melanie!

    November 13, 2012

  • Caitlin

    Fun group and gorgeous weather! Thanks Melanie and Randall for organizing!

    November 12, 2012

  • Michael H.

    Excellent backpacking companions, good weather. Thanks Randall and Melanie.

    November 12, 2012

  • Bryan

    Great group to hike with, along a nice section of the IAT. As seems to happen more often than not, we really lucked out on the weather! Thanks again for organizing!

    November 11, 2012

  • Mike

    another great trip with a great group of people!

    November 11, 2012

  • Piotr

    Thanks Melanie and Randall for organizing!

    November 11, 2012

  • Jason P.

    Hey guys. I hate to cancel anything last minute, especially this, but some family stuff came up here so I can't be there Friday or Saturday. I'll try to come out Saturday night if I can but don't count on it. Either way I hope you all have a great time and I'll catch ya on the next one! Take lots of pictures for me too! Jason

    November 8, 2012

  • Bryan

    I'll be leaving Green Bay after work, around 5PM. I plan on being at the parking area around 8PM.

    November 8, 2012

  • Michael H.

    I plan on leaving Green Bay around 1:00. I can pick up riders in the Appleton area. I hope to be at the shelter between 4:00-4:30.

    November 8, 2012

    • Randall

      Melanie and I will both be arriving about that time if everything goes right so keep and eye open for us. We were thinking about shuttling cars and dropping water before dark if we can. I'll be driving a blue pick-up truck. Feel free to send me a text or call with an ETA if you want.

      November 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a friend that is coming here from St. Croix and would like to meet up and hike with your group, but not able to spend the nites with you. She is scheduled for meetings in Madison. Can you possibly allow her to hike with your group for a day? Let me know please.

    November 5, 2012

    • Randall

      It would be fine for her to hike with us as long as she can keep pace with the group. I'm guessing we'll get on the trail around 9am.

      November 6, 2012

  • Melanie

    If anyone needs a ride from the Milwaukee area to Kettle Moraine South. I would gladly carpool, just let me know :)

    November 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Again, if you need anything, please call me. I live in the area.
    I will be at the KMSF on Sat. for a meeting at 1 pm. [masked] Ruth

    November 4, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Randall: I'm really thinking about this one...first one with your group...I'll know tomorrow one way or the other....

    1 · October 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      I love Utah :-)

      October 25, 2012

    • Randall

      I guess I can understand... I love Montana and wouldn't pass up a chance to go there!

      1 · October 25, 2012

  • Melanie

    I can't wait to meet everyone!

    1 · October 24, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    wowo. i'd love to go on hte kmsu hike. i grew up hiking that forest, it's in my bckyard. i am rated a 'zero i believe( 'still not sure what that means), but am confident i could do this hike. my last backpacking tgrip was at Philmont and i had no trouble with that for a week. and i just spent several days hiking in the moiuntains behind positano, italy. no packs, but litterlly straight up stairways for 1:20, HR 150 my normal is 60). so i;ve got teh enduerance. trouble is,i may be gettign back in tiwn that friday night. have to check my schedule. adn i need a ppack. any one have an e xtra? i'm 6 ft 180 for size. thanks! looking forward to hearingf mro you. jeff

    October 20, 2012

    • Melanie

      Just let me know when you know your work schedule. I'll be more than glad to let your borrow it.

      October 20, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      thanks melanie. really genreous. i've written the organizers tos ee if they'll let me go. once i know that i'll try to get teh day off.

      October 21, 2012

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