The Portage/Waupaca County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance is hosting the 34th Annual Fall Hike-A-Thon on Saturday, October 2, at Hartman Creek State Park. Day-of registration will be open from 8:30 to 11am at the Hartman Lake Shelter.
A state park pass is required to enter the park, and attendees should follow event signs after entering the park. Hike length can vary between 4 and 7.5 miles. Water and apples will be available along the way. Leashed four-legged family members are welcome!
Hikers will be surrounded by beautiful fall colors, learn about and experience scenic glacial land formations such as kettles (dips carved by glaciers), moraines (hills of gravel and other debris deposited as the glacier receded), eskers (narrow ridges of gravel), kames (cone-shaped mound of gravel) and erratics (large boulders left behind by the melting ice).
The Portage/Waupaca Chapter will also announce the re-opening of the trail section north of Hartman Creek State Park between Edminster Rd and Hwy 54. Volunteer construction of a bridge and boardwalk to cross Allen Creek have made this trail section available to the public.
The Chapter is asking for an individual donation of $5 or $15 for a family of three or more. All monies raised will be used locally to connect and maintain the trail. The trail is built and maintained largely by volunteers.
Questions about the Fall Hike-a-Thon can be directed to Debbie Krogwold, Chapter Coordinator, 715-677-4974, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ice Age Trail crosses Wisconsin, is over 1,000 miles long, and is still under construction. The Portage/Waupaca County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance currently maintains five separate sections of trail, totalling over 23 miles of public trail. For more information about our chapter, please visit the chapter’s website and Facebook page.