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Final Ice Age hike of the season set Saturday

September 30, 2015

The final Ice Age Trail hike of the season in Langlade County—this time over the Lumbercamp segment—will take place on Saturday.

The hike organized by the Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter is open to the public. Interested persons should meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Langlade County forestry office at the fairgrounds for carpooling to the trailhead northeast of Antigo at Highway S.

Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch.

The hike will serve as a local annual observance of National Trails Day held earlier this summer in other parts of the county. The special day is organized annually by trail groups to observe the Oct. 2, 1968 signing of the national Trails Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

An added feature for outing participants will be a special 40th anniversary hiker patch as an observance of the chapter’s four decades of trail activity in Langlade County. To earn the patch, persons must make two of the three outings scheduled by the chapter this year.

The hike will be five miles in length, winding through a portion of the state’s Peters Marsh Wildlife Area. The segment is one of four in the county recognized in 1977 by Secretary of the Interior Thomas Kleppe as the Ice Age Recreation Trail in the National Trails System.

In 1980, the National Trail Act was amended to designate Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail as a scenic trail in the national system. There are currently 11 trails designated as national scenic trails.

Additional information on the hike or local chapter of the Ice age Trail Alliance can be obtained by mail inquiry to 622 First Ave., Antigo or by calling 715-623-2645. Maps and trail information are available from the Langlade County University of Wisconsin-Extension Office, 837 Clermont St.

Other trail information is also available on the Ice Age Trail Alliance Website at www.iceagetrail.org.

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