September 2017 Ice Age Trail Dispatch

Ice Age Trail Alliance
Chippewa Moraine Chapter

Ice Age Trail Dispatch                                                

September 2017

Say Farewell To Part of Firth Lake Segment on Sunday Afternoon Hike Sept. 3

Include a visit to the Ice Age Trail on the Labor Day Weekend and join a chapter-led group hike on the Firth Lake Segment. This afternoon saunter will cover 3.3 miles and visit Firth Lake, a cold cache site, and more. We’ll say a bittersweet farewell to a trail segment that has served us well for 40 years, as the trail will soon be relocated in the area. We’ll see late summer birds, frogs, mushrooms and berries. Bring your water, snack, hat, repellant, and a friend!

Meet at the Ice Age Trail parking area on Hwy CC at 1 PM, Sept. 3. After a quick shuttle we’ll be on our way. Nearby, Cornell offers great ice cream (and more) when we’re done.

     Sunday Afternoon Hike on the IAT

        Date: Sunday, Sept 3

        Time: 1 PM - 4 PM

        Meeting Place: Ice Age Trail Parking Area, 23778 Co Hwy CC, Cornell WI 54732

        Location map

        RSVP: Requested. Please use this link to reply online.

        What to bring: water, snack, hat, repellant, friends

September Trail Improvement Day, Saturday, Sept. 16

September is a great time to enjoy the trail on Trail Improvement Day, and our next one is planned for Saturday, Sept. 16. We’ll work until mid-day, and there will be refreshments at the end. Watch for more details on the specific project.

Please meet at 8:30 AM at the Obey Interpretive Center. From there we will proceed to the work area. If you can come, please let us know.

     Trail Improvement Day

        Date: Saturday, Sept. 16

        Time: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM

        Meeting Place: Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine

        Location map

        RSVP: Requested. Please use this link to reply online

        What to bring: gloves, water, snack, hat, repellant

Chapter Meeting, Monday, Sept. 18

We return to the Chippewa Falls Library for our September chapter meeting to review progress on our activities, help plan for a fall schedule, and discuss chapter business. It is an especially important meeting as a very busy month of October is in sight.

     Chapter Meeting

        Date: Monday, Sept. 18

        Time: 6:30 PM - 8 PM

        Meeting Place: Chippewa Falls Public Library, Upstairs meeting room, 505 W Central St, Chippewa Falls WI

        Location map:

        RSVP: Not needed

        What to bring: Ideas! Calendar.

Parade of Colors Fall Hike, Saturday, Oct. 7

After a full summer we celebrate the trail in all its glorious fall colors at the annual Parade of Colors Fall Hike on the Ice Age Trail. This year the hike falls on Saturday, Oct. 7. If you haven’t visited the trail this season, you owe it to yourself to experience the trail at its colorful best. Grab a companion, bring the gang, or just come and hike with a new friend. Choose your length from 1 to 6 miles, and chapter volunteers will shuttle you out to your starting point. Refreshments will await you upon your return to the Obey Center, or bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy there.

We always need a full complement of chapter volunteers, from shuttle drivers, registrars, bakers, and servers. If you can help, add your name to our list.

     Parade of Colors Fall Hike on the IAT

        Date: Saturday, Oct. 7

        Time: 9 AM - 11 AM (Start Hiking)

        Meeting Place: Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine

        Location map:

        RSVP: Not needed

        What to bring: Hiking friends

Firth Lake Area Trail Relocation - MSC Project - Oct. 11-15

Trail builders from around the region will converge for the Firth Lake Trail Relocation Project, Oct. 11-15. There’s a role there for you, regardless of your skill level. Of course we especially need trail workers, but lots of other support roles are also needed, from cooking to registration and more. Get full details and register online for a day or the whole period. Camp sites and all meals are provided to all participants.

Thanks To Chain Saw Donor

Amidst general consernation over the theft of a chain saw and other tools from our storage facility in August came the good news that an anonymous donor had presented us with a replacement chain saw. Our spirits quickly rebounded and we can’t thank the donor enough. The many who enjoy the opportunities the Ice Age Trail provides join us in our appreciation.

Where to Find IATA and Chapter Event Information

The go-to place to find current information about all our chapter events and IATA events everywhere is the calendar at the IATA website, The Calendar link is in the menu, or bookmark To find our chapter-specific events, either choose Chippewa Moraine from the dropdown menu under Event Category and click the “Find Events” button, or just bookmark this button  ⬇︎

Chippewa Moraine Chapter Events

See you on the trail,
Richard Smith
Chippewa Moraine Chapter Chair

The Ice Age Trail
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