ICE AGE NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL
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.
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 information used on HFCW is used with permission of the
US Dept. of
Agriculture/Forest Service according to their policy