Greenbush Ice Age Trail

Greenbush, Wisconsin

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Venturing onto the Ice Age Trail on snowshoes will take you on a beautiful section of the now half-completed 1,000-mile cross-state trail. The Ice Age Trail traces the features of the last continental glacier. Here it twists and rolls through the deep woods of paper birch, oak, maple, and pine. Your destination is Shelter #5 or the Greenbush Kettle. The open Adirondack-type shelter is available for winter camping by reservation. You’ll cover classic interlobate moraine. The Green Bay and Lake Michigan ice sheets of the last great glacier ground against each other here, creating the deep depressions that are the area’s signature feature. The grinding ice sheets buried huge blocks of ice in the earth. When they melted they left kettles, pitlike features with no outlets, for which the forest is named. Surface quality: Ungroomed, snowshoer and hiker packed. Fees: yes.
Winter Trails: Wisconsin

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Winter Trails: Wisconsin

by Phil Van Valkenberg (The Globe Pequot Press)

Venturing onto the Ice Age Trail on snowshoes will take you on a beautiful section of the now half-completed 1,000-mile cross-state trail. The Ice Age Trail traces the features of the last continental glacier. Here it twists and rolls through the deep woods of paper birch, oak, maple, and pine. Your destination is Shelter #5 or the Greenbush Kettle. The open Adirondack-type shelter is available for winter camping by reservation.

You’ll cover classic interlobate moraine. The Green Bay and Lake Michigan ice sheets of the last great glacier ground against each other here, creating the deep depressions that are the area’s signature feature. The grinding ice sheets buried huge blocks of ice in the earth. When they melted they left kettles, pitlike features with no outlets, for which the forest is named. Surface quality: Ungroomed, snowshoer and hiker packed. Fees: yes.

©  Phil Van Valkenberg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Greenbush
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day use
Trailhead Elevation: 1,100 feet
Top Elevation: feet
Local Contacts: Kettle Moraine State Forest, Northern Unit
Driving Directions: Directions to Greenbush Ice Age Trail

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