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Early Spring Ice Age Hike Saturday In Langlade County

April 26, 2013

The Langlade County Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance is offering an early spring hike on Saturday and the forecast, for a change, is hinting at sprintime weather.

The outing is the first of three to be offered this year to create an awareness of the county’s glacial heritage.

The hike is open to the public. Interested persons should meet at 9 a.m. at the Langlade County Forestry Office at the fairgrounds.

An added feature for outing participants will be the awarding of a special hiker patch during the chapter’s 40th anniversary celebration. To earn the patch, persons must make three of the six outings scheduled by the chapter this year and next.

Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch. Transportation to the trailhead northeast of Antigo at the Kettlebowl Ski Area will be provided from the fairgrounds.

The early spring hike will be five miles of the Kettlebowl segment which winds through some of the highest glacially formed terrain in Langlade County. The hike will include a short visit to Big Stone Hole, a unique glacial feature along the trail.

Langlade County is one of 22 counties involved with the Ice Age Trail, a statewide effort established 55 years ago to create a greater awareness and appreciation of Wisconsin’s glacial heritage. The Ice Age Trail was added to the national system of trails with passage of federal legislation in 1980.

Other hikes on the Ice Age National Scenic Trail are scheduled this year on Saturdays, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.

Further information on the hikes the local chapter or the Ice Age National Scenic Trail can be obtained by mail inquiry to 622 First Ave., Antigo or calling 715-623-2645. Maps and other trail information are available from the University of Wisconsin-Extension Office in the Langlade County Resource Center, 837 Clermont St. or the Ice Age Trail Alliance Website at iceagetrail.org

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