Spectacular New Trail Added in Camp Nawakwa Area
Spectacular is not too strong a word to describe the beautiful new segment of trail created and opened at September’s IATA Mobile Skills Crew trailbuilding event. The segment passes by several lakes and ponds and winds up, down, and around stunning terrain, to give awesome views of Picnic Lake and a large tamarack bog and lake. The scene is especially gorgeous right now, as the leaves are so colorful, so don’t hesitate to get out on a sunny day and check out the new trail.
You can start a 2.75 mile hike either at County Highway E (just south of Camp Nawakwa’s entrance road), or at Deer Fly Trail. You can also start at County Highway E and walk about 1.5 miles and return. Off-road parking is available at either trailhead.
In addition to touching up the ½ mile segment built last season, a completely new 1 mile segment was completed. The remaining 1.25 miles was re-blazed to modern trail signage standards.
Addition to Chippewa River Trail Removes Road Walk
Another ½ mile of trail was added to the Chippewa River segment at County Rd. CC in the Krank Nature Preserve and Brunet Island State Park. A highlight of the new trail is the rock crossing constructed to get hikers across a sometimes robust stream that lines the bottom of a dramatic ravine. The new trail segment was improved and added to the existing trail at the IATA Mobile Skills Crew trailbuilding event in September at the same time as the Nawakwa area work was being done.
While not an entirely newly constructed trail (a portion of it served as IAT over 30 years ago!), it connects two existing segments of the Chippewa River trail that previously required a walk along busy County Highway CC. There is still a very short road walk, but the shortened hop potentially opens up the south portion of the 2006 trail addition around Perch Lake to more active use.
The trail is also the first installment on a future trail realignment using the Krank Nature Preserve, recently acquired by our partner, the Chippewa County Land Conservancy. More will be added in the years to come.
To enjoy the new segment, park at the County Rd CC Ice Age Trailhead Parking Area and follow the trail southbound all the way to County Rd Z. Parking is limited at Hwy Z, and suggested only on the south side of the highway across from the trailhead, pulling well off onto the grass. The full segment is relatively short, however, and makes a delightlful 3 mile round trip from the main parking area.