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Milwaukee hikes with Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter IATA - May 2012

Ice Age Trail
Ice Age Trail
Photography by Trisha Comardo

Winter really is over. Yes, it really is even with the constant swaying of the thermometer. May brings wonderful opportunities for spring wild flowers and migrating birds as they pass through or come to stay for the summer months after their winter vacations down south. A soft artists canvas of color comes alive with the variety of colors form newly budded trees, fruit tree blooms, magnolias, soft weeping willows and so many more. It is time to dust off the hiking boots, pull out the walking sticks, binoculars, water bottles, bug spray and take a hike with your local Ice Age Trail Alliance volunteer chapter.

May hikes with the Waukesha/Milwaukee County chapters include:

Date: Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Time: 9:30 am until 11:00 am

This hike will provide beautiful spring scenery as you hike north from Foxwood Dr. towards the fully bloomed Hartland Marsh. Formed by the Bark River, the marsh is just south of the village of Hartland. The hike will end at Maple Ave for a final distance of 3.5 miles.

The group will meet at the intersection of Foxwood Dr. and Hwy KE (W. North Shore Dr.) just east of Hwy 83. KE crosses Hwy. 83 1.7 miles north of I-94. Watch for the red cones and black & yellow "Ice Age Trail Event" signs. Be sure to dress appropriately after our spring rains, use bug spray, bring a bottle of water and a camera.There will be a free return shuttle.

Date: Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Time: 9:00 am until 10:30 am

This will be a 3 mile hike through Lapham Peak State Park.. A state park sticker is required. Meet at the Evergreen Shelter parking lot off Cty C (first right turn), and we'll head toward Hwy 18. Feel free to stop by the tower if you'd like a little extra exercise. Don't forget your water bottle, hiking boots, and camera! This is a pretty challenging hike through kettles, along prairies, and in wooded areas. See you there!

For more information on these hikes, contact Russ Evans.

Email: revans@carrollu.edu

Phone: (home) 262-968-4489 or (cell) 262-893-5404

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath in Wisconsin that provides access along unique landscapes created by immense flows of glacial ice more than 12000 years ago. Although I have only hiked a few of those segments myself, I haven't found disappointment in any of them. Most of their own unique character and provide enjoyment of inspiring natural landscapes of Wisconsin.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a group of volunteer nature enthusiasts that support the growth and upkeep of these awesome foot trails throughout Wisconsin. Check out a chapters website in your area and watch for upcoming group hikes and events.

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