Hiking the Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment


Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment


The Mecan River Segment of the Ice Age National Trail is an easy 7.7 mile footpath in Washura County. The hiking trail passes through the Mecan Springs State Fishery Area and then follows along the quiet Mecan River. Hikers walk through hardwood and pine forests, prairies, and gentle glacial moraine. The path is a wide and clean single track that is relatively flat and lacks major hill climbs. It is generally easy for any level hiker. The Mecan River Segment also hosts a disperse camping area for long distance hikers.




Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment


The Mecan River Segment is an extremely nice walk. I walked it on a perfect day for hiking - 78 degrees, blue skies, and breezy. It was about as perfect an afternoon hike as I can imagine. There is a balance of shaded forest trail and sun drenched prairie walks. The mid-summer wild flowers were in full bloom.

Though the trail is usually very close to the Mecan River, there are few views of it. I had to walk off the trail and into the ravine to catch a close up photo of the shallow Mecan River. Generally, the trail is routed at the top of a steep ridge and ravine above the Mecan. There are long and wide understory views in the forested sections of the trail, and the glint of the river below reminds hikers that it is this river that the defines the trail route.

The Mecan River trail nearly connects to the Greenwood Segment - within only two blocks of road walking on Buttercup and 6th Lane. There is a disperse camp area near this northwestern trailhead. The next segment heading eastbound is the Wedde Creek Segment which is about 7 miles along roads from the southeastern Mecan River trailhead on Cumberland Road.



Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment


Overview: Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Mecan River Segment


COUNTY: Waushara
COMMUNITIES: Richford

TOTAL MILES: 7.7 miles linear
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Wedde Creek Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Greenwood Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: Mecan Springs State Fishery Area, Mecan River

CAMPING: Disperse Camping Area


Directions and Trail Map




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Address for your GPS: 1 6th Lane, Coloma, WI 54930
| coordinates: 44.058240, -89.485515 |

From Milwaukee2 Hours
From Madison1.5 Hours
From Green Bay2 Hours
From Wausau1 hour
From Minneapolis3.5 Hours
From Chicago3.5 Hours


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Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment

Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment

Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment

Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment

Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment

Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment
Ice Age Trail Mecan River Segment