Ice Age Trail Groves - Pertzborn Segment

Lodi, Wisconsin

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Take a trek through a ravine that lies between two rounded hills set right along the edge of the unglaciated “driftless zone.” The Ice Age Trail is the result of a lot of work by a lot of people. Ray Zillmer, a Milwaukee lawyer, came up with the concept and founded the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation in 1958. The plan was to make a park not measured in acres but in miles—a serpentine hiking path that would follow the terminal moraine from the last advance of glaciers into Wisconsin. This is the line where the massive sheets of ice stopped advancing and from which they eventually retreated. Trails are low impact. Nothing is paved, and they are minimally maintained to preserve the natural look of the area. Often you feel as if you are the first person on the trail in a very long time, and it’s only the yellow squares posted intermittently on trees and occasional trail posts that reassure you that you are on the right path.

Ice Age Trail: Groves - Pertzborn Segment Professional Review and Guide

"Take a trek through a ravine that lies between two rounded hills set right along the edge of the unglaciated “driftless zone.”

The Ice Age Trail is the result of a lot of work by a lot of people. Ray Zillmer, a Milwaukee lawyer, came up with the concept and founded the Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation in 1958. The plan was to make a park not measured in acres but in miles—a serpentine hiking path that would follow the terminal moraine from the last advance of glaciers into Wisconsin. This is the line where the massive sheets of ice stopped advancing and from which they eventually retreated. Trails are low impact. Nothing is paved, and they are minimally maintained to preserve the natural look of the area. Often you feel as if you are the first person on the trail in a very long time, and it’s only the yellow squares posted intermittently on trees and occasional trail posts that reassure you that you are on the right path."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Lodi
Distance: 2.6
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round except during gun-hunting season in November
Trailhead Elevation: 900 feet
Top Elevation: 1,100 feet
Local Contacts: iceagetrail.org, 800-227-0046
Local Maps: USGS Lodi; Ice Age Trail Atlas
Driving Directions: Directions to Ice Age Trail: Groves - Pertzborn Segment

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May 2018