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Milwaukee River to Kewaskum - Ice Age Trail, WI

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Difficulty 1.5 of 5
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Distance Round Trip 4 miles
Trailhead Elevation 941 feet
Elevation Gain 174 feet
Accumulated Gain 385 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 5.93
Interest Perennial Creek
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15  2018-08-02
New Fane to WI-28 - Ice Age Trail
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WI-28 to Milwaukee River - Ice Age Trail
WI-28 to Milwaukee River - Ice Age Trail
1.6 mi away
2.1 mi
166 ft
New Fane to WI-28 - Ice Age Trail
New Fane to WI-28 - Ice Age Trail
4.0 mi away
4.0 mi
298 ft
Crooked Lake to New Fane - Ice Age Trail
Crooked Lake to New Fane - Ice Age Trail
8.5 mi away
6.5 mi
542 ft
Butler Lake to Crooked Lake - Ice Age Trail
Butler Lake to Crooked Lake - Ice Age Trail
11.8 mi away
4.6 mi
307 ft
North Kettle Moraine
14.6 mi away
10.3 mi
Parnell Tower to Butler Lake - Ice Age Trail
Parnell Tower to Butler Lake - Ice Age Trail
14.8 mi away
4.7 mi
417 ft
Greenbush to Parnell Tower - Ice Age Trail
18.1 mi away
5.1 mi
590 ft
Glenbeulah to Greenbush - Ice Age Trail
Glenbeulah to Greenbush - Ice Age Trail
22.2 mi away
6.5 mi
577 ft
Two Hawks Trail
22.4 mi away
1.6 mi
106 ft
Egret Trail
25.2 mi away
0.7 mi
60 ft
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by kingsnake

Overview
The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a 1,200 mile trail that travels from the St. Croix River an hour northeast of Minneapolis, east towards Antigo, south to New Glarus -- home of an awesome microbrew -- east to Whitewater, then north to Sturgeon Bay, in scenic Door County, Wisconsin. The route roughly follows the "terminal moraine" -- the maximum glacial advance -- from the last Ice Age, which ended about 10,000 B.C.


The Ice Age Trail is administered by the National Park Service, and is maintained by various public and private agencies.

The Ice Age Trail is marked by a single vertical yellow blaze, Direction is indicated by a yellow arrow. The Ice Age Trail frequently crosses snowmobile trails, which are marked by an orange diamond, perhaps with a black snowmobile symbol. Bicycles, motorized vehicles and horses are not allowed on the Ice Age Trail.

Hike
This segment starts from the trailhead on the west bank of the Milwaukee River. The trail heads southwest across a fallow farm field. (Legally, no trespassing: It is marked.) The trail then passes between corn and soybean fields before entering a small woods. On the other side of the woods, the trail crosses another fallow field, then crosses Sandy Ridge Rd., before turning northwest towards US-45.

Just before US-45, the Ice Age Trail skirts a protected wetland absolutely *riddled* with flowers.

At US-45, the Ice Age Trail turns south for a hundred feet on the Eisenbahn State Trail, a gravelled jogging & biking path, before taking a tunnel under the divided highway.

The Ice Trail then curves around a propane yard, and another farm field, before arriving at Prospect Dr., opposite the tiny Sunburst Ski Area. Tahoe, it ain’t.

Head a quarter mile south on Prospect Dr. to parking Lot A (marked by a blue sign). Follow the tow lift uphill past the Ice Age Trail Kewaskum Segment sign. It’s steep climb, but only 150 ft. It’s the only significant elevation change between Glenbeulah and Kewaskum.

After skirting some more farm fields, the Ice Age Trail goes straight through a soybean field. (Again, signed.)

In 0.6 miles, after passing by some more farm fields, the segment ends at Ridge Rd.

An out & back hike is 8.0 mi. / 625 AEG. Combined with the next segment north, to WI-28, an out & back hike is 12.0 mi. / 1000 AEG.

kingsnake
    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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    Milwaukee River TH: There are actually two Milwaukee River trailheads, separated by a quarter mile, on either bank of the river. This segment begins at the trailhead on the west bank. To get there from Milwaukee, head northwest on US-45. Just past the Sunburst Ski Area (visible on your left), turn right on County H. In just over a mile, just before crossing the Milwaukee River, turn right into the trailhead.

    Ridge Rd. TH: From Milwaukee, head northwest on US-45. At County H, turn left, towards the McDonalds. In 0.3 miles, turn left on Prospect Dr. Head 1.0 mile south, past the Sunburst Ski Area. Prospect Dr. bends right to become Ridge Rd. In 0.6 miles, at the top of the hill, turn right into the trailhead.
    page created by kingsnake on Aug 09 2018 8:23 pm
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