The Langlade County chapter of the Ice Age Trail will host a late summer hike over the Old Railroad Segment on Saturday.
The special hike is open to the public. Interested persons and groups should meet at 9 a.m. in front of the Langlade County Forestry Office on the fairgrounds for carpooling to the trailhead northeast of town.
Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch.
The hike will be a five mile trek on the east end of the Old Railroad segment which winds through a scenic portion of Veterans Memorial Park. The stretch includes views of a large glacial lake filled in with sediment since the massive ice sheet which covered two-thirds of the state melted away over 10,000 years ago.
The Old Railroad segment is one of four Ice Age Trail stretches in Langlade County designated in 1977 by the U.S. Department of the Interior as part of the National Trail System. Half of the segment is proposed next year as a ATV trail so the September hike could be the final chapter outing on a historical portion of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail in Langlade County.
Outing participants are eligible for receiving the chapter’s 40th Anniversary Hiker patch during the group’s observance of four decades of trail activity in the county. To earn the patch, persons must make two of the three outings scheduled by the chapter this year. The remaining hike in 2016 is Oct. 1.
Additional information on the hike, Ice Age National Scenic Trail and county chapter can be obtained by mail inquiry to 622 First Ave., Antigo or by calling 715-623-2645.
Maps and other trail information are also available from the Langlade County University of Wisconsin-Extension Office, 837 Clermont St. Web sources of information are available through the Ice Age Trail Alliance at www.iceagetrail.org and the chapter Facebook page at www.facebook.com/seeuonthetrail.
Joe Hermolin snapped this photo of a fall hike along the Ice Age Trail.