Late September 2015 Reminders

Ice Age Trail Alliance

Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Reminders

Late September 2015

Chapter Meeting, Monday September 21

Please remember to attend our September Chapter Meeting on Monday evening, Sept. 21, at 6:30 PM at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, upstairs meeting room. 

We’d like your participation in making final plans for the Parade of Colors, upcoming work days, and our 2016 event schedule. In addition, you won’t want to miss seeing the new gear that’s available in the Ice Age Store.

Trail Improvement Day, Saturday September 26

It’s a glorious time for a trail improvement day. Beyond making sure the trail is ship-shape for Parade of Colors, we’ll tackle a project on our list of “capital improvements”.

We’ll meet at 9:00 at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine. Bring your lunch and water, work gloves, sturdy shoes, long pants, and bug repellant.

Thanks to those who have already responded. If you can join us as well, please email the chapter so we can plan for a great day.

Parade of Colors, Saturday October 3

Imagine getting out onto the trail on a gorgeous fall day, cool and ideal for hiking, and with fall colors popping out all over. That’s what we have arranged for the Parade of Colors, Fall Hike on the Ice Age Trail, our annual celebration of the trail. It is always a great time for our many returning hikers, but is also the perfect opportunity for first-time Ice Age Trail hikers.

Arrive anytime between 9 and 11 AM on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine. This is not a large group hike, so you can start any time during this period. The Obey Center is located at 13394 County Highway M, New Auburn. It’s 7 miles east of New Auburn and 1.9 miles east of State Highway 40. 

We make it special by hand-designing a hike tailored just to your interests. Whether it’s the two mile giant ground sloth hike, the 4 mile saber-toothed cat hike, or the 6 mile mammoth hike, we have a flavor for whatever level of challenge you want to tackle. Then we’ll transport you to the starting point so you can hike back with your old or new friends at just your pace and return to the Interpretive Center at hike’s end. There, a refreshing snack will await, along with an opportunity to enjoy other activities or exhibits at the center, or even more hiking if you prefer. It’s a great event for families and kids as well. 

This is our grand-daddy event of the year, so don’t miss it! 

Of course, to make this all happen we need lots of volunteer help! If you can help with shuttle driving, registration, or refreshments, please let us know. Please email the chapter so we can plan for a great day. We particularly appreciate shuttle drivers, and cookie and brownie bakers, too!

Coming Up

Looking beyond September, please add these dates to your calendars:

Saturday, Oct. 3: Parade of Colors - Fall Hike on the IAT

Saturday, Oct.. 17: Trail Improvement Day

Monday, Nov. 16: Chapter Annual Meeting