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Late summer hike Saturday on Old Railroad Segment of Ice Age

September 6, 2019

Author:  
Joe Jopek

Source:  
Antigo Daily Journal

Hikers are invited to enjoy a late summer hike on the recently re-routed Old Railroad Segment of the Ice Age Trail on Saturday.

The hike organized by the Langlade County Ice Age Trail Chapter is open to the public. Interested persons should meet 9 a. m. in front of the Langlade County Forestry Office at the fairgrounds.

Participants are encouraged to wear suitable clothing and bring a lunch. Transportation to the trailhead north of Antigo will be provided from the fairgrounds.

The hike will be a five mile trek on the Old Railroad Segment which was rerouted last year. Although a portion of the rerouted segment was severely damaged by the July 19 storm, volunteers have been busy clearing fallen trees and replacing trail markings.

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 September hike or the local chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance can be obtained by mail inquiry to 622 First Avenue, Antigo or by calling 715-623-2645. Maps and other information on the 1,100 plus mile are also available.

Web trail information sources are available through the National Park Service at https://www.nps.gov/iatr/index.htm. the Ice Age Trail Alliance at www.iceagetrail.org and the Langlade Chapter's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/seeuonthetrail.

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