Hiking the Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment

Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment


The southernmost Ice Age Trail Segment in Waushara County is the Chaffee Creek segment, a moderately difficult 2.5 mile footpath. The trail route begins between rows of corn on Czech Avenue. There is not a place to park at this trailhead, A parking lot for the Wedde Creek Segment is 3/4 of a mile down Czech road. The Chaffee Creek Segment continues over a variety of terrain and ducks under Interstate 39 before finishing at a highway wayside.




Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment



This scraggly section of the IAT is not well traveled. Though the volunteers do a good job of keeping the footpath clear of encroaching vegetation. The forest here isn't that pretty, but in 50 years it might be a breezy shaded oak savanna. In fact it is an oak savanna now, just a very young one. The vegetation is lush, with trees and grasses twisting and knotting around themselves. At times the ground beneath the path can be so dense with roots and grasses as to feel springy like a trampoline.

What will be memorable about this segment for through hikers is that this is the segment that crosses Interstate 39. Hikers first encounter Chaffee Creek as they approach the Interstate. The first bridge that you pass under is a typical concrete bridge. There is a muddy embankment next to Chaffee Creek which is wide enough to cross over to the median area without getting your feet wet. The trail cuts around through a forested section of the median before leading back down to the creek where there is a crossing through a large metal culvert. Inside the culvert is a raised concrete sidewalk. During heavy rains of course, it might not be possible to cross under either of these bridges.

After crossing the interstate it is less than a 1/4 mile to reach the wayside/rest stop. There are vending machines, flush restrooms, and running water at the wayside. Another point to mention is that the bridges under the interstate at Chaffee Creek also signify the county line where hikers will be leaving Waushara County and entering Marquette County.

Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment


Overview: Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Chaffee Creek Segment



COUNTY: Washura, Marquette
COMMUNITIES: Coloma, Westfield

TOTAL MILES: 2.5 linear
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Wedde Creek Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: John Muir Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: Chaffee Creek State Fishery Area, Upper Fox Headwaters State Natural Area


Directions and Trail Map




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Address for your GPS: W12136 Czech Ave, Coloma, WI 54930
| coordinates: 43.996640, -89.484155 |

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


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Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment

Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment


Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment

Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Chaffee Creek Segment






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