Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest


The 1,000 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a continuous footpath through diverse landscapes that follows the features that mark the furthest advance of the last glacier in Wisconsin. Because of its tremendous geological significance, the trail is one of the only 8 national scenic trail. This 49 mile non-motorized segment runs diagonally across the forest in Taylor County. Traversing eskers and moraines, around kettle lakes and holes, the trail gives hikers intimate contact with the land forms that were created when the last glacier covered Wisconsin. Cross country skiing, showshoeing, and dog sled use are allowed in winter. Motorized use on the trail is prohibited.

Trail Lengths: Forest Road 102 to County Highway E - 11.8 miles; County Highway E to Forest Road 108 - 13.9 miles; Forest Road 108 to Jerry Lake - 6.6 miles; Jerry Lake to State Highway 64 - 10.6 miles; Ice Age Loop - 7 miles.

What to Expect: Many species of trees, wild flowers, and wildlife can be observed along the trail. Developed campsites and drinking water near the trail are available around the Mondeaux flowange. Camping is allowed at least 100 feet away from the trail or 50 feet away from any waters edge. There are many access points to the trail for tthose wishing to only hike a portion of the trail. Developed parking areas are available a the Mondeaux Flowage, Jerry Lake and Highway 64 where the trail enters the Forest. When hiking in the spring, it's a good idea to wear rubber boots because much of the trail can be wet.

Trailhead Directions:
Highway 64: From Medford, drive west on State Highway 64 for 19 miles. The trailhead is located on the right (north) side of the road.
Jerry Lake: From Medford, drive north on State Highway 13 for 4.5 miles. Turn left (west) on County Highway M and drive 13 miles to Forest Road 571. Turn right (north) and drive 0.75 mile to the parking lot.
Highway E: From State Highway 13 in Westboro, drive west on County Highway D 8.2 miles to County Highway E. Turn left (south) on E and Drive 3.5 miles to the trailead.
FR 101: From State Highway 13 in Westboro, drive west on County Highway D 2.75 miles. Turn left (south) on FR 101 and follow it 4.1 miles to the trailhead.





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