Ice Age

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Trail Distance: 1200 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr+
Elevation Gain: 1340 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Hard
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

The 1200-mile Ice Age Trail was so named because it follows the path where the last continental glacier stood before it melted and receded, leaving behind many glacial artifacts such as potholes and moraines, as well as water features such as kettle ponds and ice-walled lake plains. The full trail travels from Potawatomi State Park in Door County, and ends near St. Croix Falls, visiting wilderness, forest, marshes, towns and cities along the way. 

The majority of the various segments welcome pupsters on the trail, but be sure to check with an authority or look for signs designating a particular area as "No Dog-Ville."  The hiking and camping ethic on all trail sections is to Leave No Trace, which means carry waste bags, use them to collect waste and carry it out to be discarded. This rule applies to all garbage, wrappers, cans and bottles, etc. Portions of the trail are ADA-accessible, so don't forget to check the particular part you want to hike. While parking is generally free, some public lands may charge a fee, so this is something else to sniff out before you go! Open year-round, most of the trail is groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter, too!

Two of the most interesting and pupular segments of the trail are the Sturgeon Bay Segment and the Chippewa Moraine Trail. The Sturgeon Bay Segment is 13.7 miles on Lake Michigan. This section features three widely diverse hiking experiences, from a rail-to-trail hike that is mostly flat and easy, to an urban hike on city streets, to a a quiet, forested state park. Picnic areas, private campgrounds and a unique peat swamp mingle with overhanging trees, orchards and farmlands. An observation tower sitting atop a dolomite bluff is located at the eastern terminus at Lake Michigan's shore.

In the northwest lies the 7.6-mile Chippewa Moraine trail, pawrfectly scenic in its hummocky terrain and more than 20 kettle lakes that provide water and are home to many migrating birds like woodpeckers, tanagers and vireos. The view of 5 bays that are visible during off-leaf season is furtastic! This segment begins at 267th Avenue (Oak Lane) and finishes at the Chippewa Moraine Reserve's Circle Trail. 

Bring any supplies you may need for this long hike, such as water and clean up bags, and ensure your trek stays furtastic!

Whether backpacking the entire trail or staying with separate segments that you can choose, there's something here for every human and every pooch! 

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Muddy, Rocky, Steep Inclines, Forest, Lake, River, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape, Wetland, Mountains, Grassland, Urban
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Parts of the Ice Age Trail are rugged and require a great deal of planning and preparation. Be sure the fur-pup is in good enough physical condition to endure the most difficult hikes. Sections of the trail pass through cities and towns on streets - take care to watch traffic and keep Fido securely leashed. Porcupines and black bear inhabit the parks on this, so be sure to be prepared and take precautionary measures such as bear repellent. Hunting is permitted along certain sections - equip yourself and your doggo with blaze orange gear and clothing for safety.
Address
HWY 67 Trailhead
Eagle, WI 53119
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
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Address
HWY 67 Trailhead
Eagle, WI 53119
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours