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Wed Jul 27, 2016, 08:49 AM

 

The Longest Trail You've Never Heard Of

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Take the Ice Age Trail, for example. Named because it once laid under a huge glacier more than 15,000 years ago. Despite its misleading name, it’s not a path that carves over the glacial terrain of Alaska. Its nearly 1,200 miles fall entirely within the state of Wisconsin, tracing a route from Potawatomi State Park to Interstate State Park. You traverse through some of the state’s most pristine wilderness—think azure lakes, fertile river valleys, gently rolling hills, and dramatic ridgelines. Designated as a National Scenic Trail in 1980, the route consistently ranks as one of the country’s best thru-hikes by smart publications and in-the-know backpackers because the trail showcases how much of North America was shaped from the Ice Age to modern day.

As with any trail that boasts a distance of more than 1,000 miles, there are loads of trailheads, which makes it easy to slice out a few day and weekend-long trips. But it also makes it hard to decide which parts of the trail to explore.

Thankfully, the Ice Age Trail Alliance makes it easy with an interactive trail map that breaks out this massive trail by interest (camping and backpacking, section- and thru-hiking). It also posts trail condition info, offers advice on how to manage leave-no-trace outings, and surfaces a cache of recommended hikes broken into day and multi-day excursions. Better still, each recommendation comes with a free download on the applicable section from their Ice Age Trail Guide.

And for those who aren’t up to roughing it for multiple days on the trail, the alliance also has a list of B&Bs and hotels that are close to the trail, run by owners who are considered “hiker-friendly. Finally, a place where muddy boots are met with open arms.

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Scuba Jul 2016 OP
dhill926 Jul 2016 #1
A HERETIC I AM Jul 2016 #2
Yavin4 Jul 2016 #3
A HERETIC I AM Jul 2016 #4
hobbit709 Jul 2016 #5
pansypoo53219 Jul 2016 #6
lastlib Jul 2016 #7
nikto Jul 2016 #8
Scuba Jul 2016 #10
nikto Jul 2016 #12
Mendocino Jul 2016 #11
nikto Jul 2016 #13
snot Jul 2016 #14
pinboy3niner Jul 2016 #9
handmade34 Jul 2016 #15

Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 10:11 AM

1. wow....bookmarking this...

thanks! Lived in Wisc. for quite a while and never heard of it. Looks fantastic...

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 10:33 AM

2. The Terminal Moraine country of Wisconsin is particularly gorgeous countryside

Elkhart Lake and Road America Race circuit are nestled there, north of Milwaukee

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 10:47 AM

3. Our country has the most beautiful terrain on earth.

It's just certain people that make it ugly.

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Response to Yavin4 (Reply #3)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 11:18 AM

4. Never been to Austria I take it




Or Switzerland


There is beautiful landscape in every country. Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder

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Response to A HERETIC I AM (Reply #4)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 03:12 PM

6. interestingly i discovered a 1800-1930 swiss artist that moved to WI. which i found interesting.

franz Bieberstein. i was able to buy 12 of his plein air studies. i like his impressionistic studies more than his traditional oils. covered w/ charcoal dust. but i could see they were good. then i cleaned them. BLUE! i see BLUE. Wi is much like the NON mountains of europe. GRAND can be overwhelming.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 09:38 PM

7. I'm packed! Let's GO!!

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Wed Jul 27, 2016, 11:42 PM

8. I would love to see a re-vitalized, new-millenium version of the New Deal's CCC ...

 

The CCC was gone by 1942 (WWII drained its manpower and fund$).
But much of its work remains.

We should try to bring it back, bigtime, IMO.

Among its functions, it could build/refurbish/maintain trails like this all over America.
The CCC, re-formed for this era and connected-together with social media and modern high-tech
communications, could be awesome!

It could provide decent jobs (some shorter-term, some longer) for people all over the country,
and protect, maintain and upgrade our Nation's natural treasures for the the present AND future.

That's my view.




Excerpt:

"... the CCC was probably the most popular New Deal program..."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civilian_Conservation_Corps



Here's what remains of CCC work in, just in California ALONE ...
https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24878

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Response to nikto (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 28, 2016, 06:41 AM

10. ^^ This right here ^^

 

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Response to Scuba (Reply #10)

Thu Jul 28, 2016, 09:16 PM

12. Yeah, baby!!

 

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Response to nikto (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 28, 2016, 07:15 AM

11. In the 70's

I was in the YCC, Youth Conservation Corps. We worked on the Shawnee Backpack Trail in Ohio. I consider one of the best things I ever did in my life and very proud of the work we did.

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Response to Mendocino (Reply #11)

Thu Jul 28, 2016, 09:17 PM

13. That's what it's all about. Now, let's bring it back. Thanx 4 sharing!!

 

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Response to nikto (Reply #8)

Sun Jul 31, 2016, 08:21 PM

14. Yes!!!

We – or at least 1% of us – can easily afford it.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Jul 28, 2016, 12:05 AM

9. Alaska? Picking the name, they thought it sounded better than 'The Trail to Nowhere'

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Sun Jul 31, 2016, 08:50 PM

15. damn

I don't think I will live long enough to walk on all of the trails I dream of hiking...






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