Hiking the Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment


Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment

The Stony Ridge Trail is an easy 3 mile segment of the Ice Age National Trail in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest in Eagle Wisconsin. It is a particularly popular and well traveled segment as the state forest headquarters and museum is located at its center. The segment also features Shelter #2, a robust Adirondack style cabin for long distance backpackers and hikers. There is nothing extraordinarily scenic about the Stony Ridge Segment, but its wide and gentle footpath is enjoyed by many runners, dog walkers, families with small children, and serious hikers all the same.




View from Shelter 2 on the Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
View from Shelter 2 on the Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment


The Stony Ridge Segment connects directly to the Blue Spring Lake Segment to the west and to the Eagle Segment to the northeast. Section hikers typically begin this hike at the parking area for the Emma Carlin Trails - one of the most popular mountain biking courses in the Midwest. Other day hikers venture in from the large surface lot at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters.

The State Forest Headquarters is an interesting stop along the IAT. There is a museum dedicated to wildlife, geology, and local economic history. A number of artifacts found along the Ice Age Trail are featured in display cases. And, on a hot day its a place to duck inside for 15 minutes of air conditioning, a water bottle refill, and the rare chance to use a flush toilet on the IAT. Even afterhours, there is a good water station conveniently located outside the headquarters.

Just up the path from the headquarters is Shelter #2, a strong and sturdy structure suitable for waiting out a storm or for some casual camping. The shelter is sited at a decent overlook and there is plenty of space to set up a tent near the shelter building. Bonus, it is located only a quarter mile from the running water tap at the ranger station ... or if you are more of the survivalist type, there is a spring not far up the trail which feeds a large wetlands area (I've marked it on the map below).

The Stony Ridge Segment is smack in the middle a tangle of recreational attractions. There's the Emma Carlin Trails which bring in mountain bikers from around the Midwest. The state forest headquarters already mentioned. It's around the corner from Old World Wisconsin, down the street from Paradise Springs, and there is an unmarked connecting trail between the IAT and the Mcmiller trails system which loop around in the Eagle Oak Opening State Natural Area. It's no wonder that the Stony Ridge Segment is one of the more popular segments of the IAT and often the very first segment for many Ice Age Trail hikers.

Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment


Overview: Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Stony Ridge Segment


COUNTY: Waukesha
COMMUNITIES: Eagle

TOTAL MILES: 3
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Eagle Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Blue Spring Lake Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters and Museum, Emma Carlin Trails

CAMPING: Shelter 2, McMiller Trails Shelter


Directions and Trail Map




Address for your GPS:S91 W39091 Highway 59, Eagle, WI 53119
| coordinates: 42.876777, -88.525638 |

From Milwaukee50 Minutes
From Madison1 Hour
From Green Bay2.5 Hours
From Wausau3 Hours
From Minneapolis4.5 Hours
From Chicago2 Hours



Photos



Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment

Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment


Nordic Trails Shelter
Mcmiller Trails Shelter

Nordic Trails Shelter
Nordic Trails Shelter

Shelter 2 on the Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Shelter 2 on the Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment

Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment

Museum Exhibits at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters
Museum Exhibits at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters

Museum Exhibits at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters
Museum Exhibits at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters

Museum Exhibits at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters
Museum Exhibits at the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters

Water Station on the Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment
Water Station on the Ice Age Trail Stony Ridge Segment







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