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Crooked Lake to New Fane - Ice Age Trail, WI

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Difficulty 1 of 5
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Distance One Way 6.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 1,020 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 542 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 8.31
Interest Perennial Creek
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11  2017-08-03 kingsnake
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Preferred   May, Sep, Oct, Jun
Sun  6:05am - 5:11pm
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Butler Lake to Crooked Lake - Ice Age Trail
3.3 mi away
4.6 mi
307 ft
New Fane to WI-28 - Ice Age Trail
4.6 mi away
4.0 mi
298 ft
North Kettle Moraine
6.3 mi away
10.3 mi
Parnell Tower to Butler Lake - Ice Age Trail
6.5 mi away
4.7 mi
417 ft
WI-28 to Milwaukee River - Ice Age Trail
6.9 mi away
2.1 mi
166 ft
Milwaukee River to Kewaskum - Ice Age Trail
8.5 mi away
4.0 mi
385 ft
Greenbush to Parnell Tower - Ice Age Trail
9.6 mi away
5.1 mi
590 ft
Glenbeulah to Greenbush - Ice Age Trail
13.8 mi away
6.5 mi
577 ft
Two Hawks Trail
23.1 mi away
1.6 mi
106 ft
Redhead Trail
25.6 mi away
2.5 mi
168 ft
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Getting Drenched at the Rusty Spur Saloon
by kingsnake

Likely In-Season!
From Crooked Lake, walk back down the dirt access road to County SS, picking up the Ice Age Trail on the south side of the road.

As on the two Ice Age Trail segments north of Croooked Lake, the trail basically follows the “high line” of a low ridge, the better to avoid the swampy kettles — the depressions that give Kettle Moraine State Park its name — that dot the ridge’s flanks.


Unlike the two previous segments, there were a metric doo-doo ton of flowers between Crooked Lake and Mauthe Lake. Between Mauthe Lake and County S the flowers nearly disappeared, before exploding once again between County S and County DD, just east of New Fane. Like the roads of Sheboygan County, the majority of the flowers were the fluffy white species, that usually has dozens of clusters on a given plant. The flower looks similar to a Hostess Sno Ball.

The Ice Age Trail between Crooked Lake and New Fane is mostly very smooth, enabling me to spend more time looking for #flowerporn than ankle breakers. Sometimes it is wide, but mostly it is narrow. It is frequently over grown with grass, but still distinguishable if you look for bent grass. There are regular muddy patches, particularly near this segment’s four small, wooden, bridges.

The Ice Age Trail crosses the first two bridges just before it passes by Forest Lake, barely visible through the trees. Soon after, the trail crosses County GGG / Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive.

As the Ice Age Trail approaches Mauthe Lake, it skirts a camping area, and an especially swampy kettle known as Mallard Hole Lake.

After crossing the third bridge, the Ice Age Trail breaks out into the open at the entrance to Mauthe Lake Recreation Area. There’s a pit toilet at the entrance. There’s no fee to walk in, but vehicle admission is $8/day with Wisconsin plates, $11/day for out of state plates, or $5 for a quick one hour visit.

The Ice Age Trail then enters the Milwaukee River & Swamp State Natural Area. The fourth bridge crosses a creek feeding the marsh.

Shelter #2 is about a mile south of the Mauthe Lake access road. It is a wood building with a dirt floor. Basically, enough to keep you dry at night if you are doing a long distance hike. There is an outhouse near the shelter. The Ice Age Trail splits just north of Shelter #2, then rejoins just south of it, so if you do not see the shelter, you took the incorrect split.

The Ice Age Trail crosses County S just south of Shelter #2. A mile south of County S, the trail bends to the west, which is different than the topo, which shows the trail continuing south. The attached GPS track shows the actual route.

Just as New Fane comes into view, on a small bluff overlooking the East Branch of the Milwaukee River and New Fane Mill Pond, there is a bench. While it may look like there is a trail down the bluff from the bench, but it leads to private property. Stay on the Ice Age Trail, which soon descends to County DD.

The Ice Age Trail continues — for almost 1,000 miles — south and west of County DD. As there is no good pullout near the trail on County DD, the best pickup spot is in New Fane, at the Rusty Spur Saloon.

If you hike from Crooked Lake to Mauthe Lake, and back, it will be a six mile, 600 AEG hike. If you hike from Crooked Lake to New Fane, rehydrate at the Rusty Spur Saloon, then hike back, it will be a 13 mile, 1200 AEG hike. Throwing in the Tamarack Circle Nature Trail will add three miles and 100 AEG to your excursion.

kingsnake

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    This hike is listed as One-Way.

    When hiking several trails on a single "hike", log it with a generic name that describes the hike. Then link the trails traveled, check out the example.
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Milwaukee or Green Bay, on I-43, take exit 123 onto WI-28. Head west on WI-28 for 17.1 miles. Turn right onto County SS, continuing west for 6.1 miles. Turn right onto the dirt access road to Crooked Lake.
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