Ice Age National Scenic Trail Monches Segment

Cross Plains, Wisconsin 53528

Ice Age National Scenic Trail Monches Segment

Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Monches Segment Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through the Carl Schurz Forest over glacial moraines and then descends into wetlands and lowland forest to follow the Oconomowoc River. The hike is even more impressive when fall colors hit their peak.

This trail segment connects the Loew Lake (to the north) and Merton (to the south) Segments of the Ice Age Trail. The northern portion of this segment of the Ice Age Trail is primarily up and down moraines through the forest dedicated to Wisconsin conservationist Carl Schurz. The southern portion follows along the marshy edge of the Oconomowoc River, which drains marshland here in the Kettle Moraine area. If you see yellow blazes on the trees, you are on the official Ice Age Trail. Blue blazes indicate spur trails, while unmarked trails lead elsewhere. Remember that the trail passes over private land. Respect the privilege of its use by staying on the path and leaving nothing behind but footprints. You can hike this route one-way with a pickup at the other end, or do it as an out-and-back. The trail is mostly shaded and uneven with rocks and tree roots. Mosquitoes can be an issue closer to the river. Footbridge planks can be slippery like ice when wet."

More Ice Age National Scenic Trail: Monches Segment Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"This segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail passes through the Carl Schurz Forest over glacial moraines, and then descends into wetlands and lowland forest to follow the Oconomowoc River. This hike is even more impressive when fall colors hit their peak. The northern portion of this segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail travels primarily up and down moraines through the forest dedicated to Wisconsin conservationist Carl Schurz. The southern portion follows the marshy edge of the Oconomowoc River, which drains marshland in the Kettle Moraine area. If you see the yellow blazes on the trees, you are on the official Ice Age Trail. Blue blazes indicate spur trails; unmarked trails lead elsewhere. Remember, the trail passes over private land. Respect the privilege of its use by staying on the path and leaving nothing behind but footprints." Read more

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Lovely walk easy we took our dog and she lived it too
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Trail Information

Cross Plains
Nearby City
3.2
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
1.5- 2.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Ice Age Trail, Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter, waukeshamilwaukee.iceagetrail.org; Ice Age Trail Alliance, 2110 Main St., Cross Plains, WI 53528; (800) 227-0046; www.iceagetrail.org
Local Contacts
USGS Merton; Ice Age Trail Atlas
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018