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Ice Age Trail: N Central WI

From You6189.35 Mi
Local TipsTrail head: Exit Hwy 29 at Ringle (Hwy Q). Go north. Take the second right (2nd Avenue). Turns to gravel road. Park at end.
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2015-08-14
Created Bydhegley
  • Soft
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Parking
  • Out And Back
  • Single-Track
Street Crossings
  • None
Max Distance7-10
Volume of Use
  • Low
DescriptionThe Scenario: You find yourself needing to drive across north central Wisconsin, perhaps between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Green Bay, a solid four hour haul. Sigh.
The Desire: You wish you could stop partway, get in a run, hey maybe a trail run! Are there any trails?
The Answer: The Ice Age Trail runs for 1200 miles through Wisconsin, following the end point of the glaciers from the last ice age. It features all kinds of glacial formations, the ones you had to memorize in Geography class like eskers, drumlins, moraines, etc. Lucky for you, the trail crosses Highway 29, and is readily accessible by taking the Ringle exit. http://www.iceagetrail.org/
The Trail: Not for the inexperienced. Blazes are a bit inconsistent, and I found the trail to be quite overgrown (legs got a bit scratched up).
The Bugs: I ran this trail on an August afternoon. Swarms of biting flies. Morning hours would be better, but in the summer bring the bug spray, hat, and a draping bandana for the back of your neck. And carry your own water.
More about the Trail: Mostly double track, but a few single track sections. I only ran about 3 miles in and had to turn back, but you could go quite a bit further. A few small, rolling hills but mostly flat. Only a few short technical sections. The hardest part about running this trail was the overgrown weeds.
Winter: Looked to me like the trail was shared with snowmobiles in the winter, so probably best to avoid it during those cold months.
Final thought: Okay, I know, this is unlikely to be useful to most of you - but you never know when you might find yourself yawning while driving along a Wisconsin highway, dreaming of trails to run ...

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