Hiking the Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment


Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment

Only a short throw from a hub of activity at Hartman Creek State Park, the more secluded and scenic Emmons Creek Segment of the Ice Age Trail is an often overlooked hiking experience. The Emmons Creek Segment is easy and relatively short at 1.7 miles linear, but it can be combined with the hillier Faraway Valley Loop Trail to create a 3.5 mile loop.



Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area
Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area


The Emmons Creek State Fishery was the site of a WI Coldwater Research Station studying the spawning of brown trout. These studies helped determine the fishing season in Wisconsin. Emmons Creek feeds into the Chain O'Lakes at Long Lake. Trout from the lakes swim upstream in Emmons Creek to spawn from October through January. Hikers on the Emmons Creek Trail may observe the spawning run in mid to late October.

Most day and section hikers will be happy to find that the Emmons Creek Segment is a beautiful 3.5 mile loop trail when combined with the Faraway Valley Loop in the Emmons Creek Fishery. But, if those are not enough miles for you, then add on the 6.7 mile Hartman Creek Trail which is accessed from the same trailhead as Emmons Creek. Also, at the south end of the Emmons Creek mainline there is a white blazed lollipop to Murray Creek which can add an additional 2.5 miles.

Taking just the Emmons Creek and Faraway Loop will be an easy to moderate one hour hike. This hike can be accomplished by hikers of almost any fitness level. There are a few brief hills on the Faraway Loop. The trails are well defined and well marked. The Faraway Loop is fluorescent green blazed, and of course the Ice Age Trail is yellow blazed.

I found the Emmons Creek Segment to be more scenic, rustic, diverse, and enjoyable than the adjacent Hartman Creek Segment. I would say that this segment is not one to miss and can be considered a destination trail in Central Wisconsin.


Emmons Creek State Fishery Area
Emmons Creek State Fishery Area



Overview: Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Emmons Creek Segment


COUNTY: Portage
COMMUNITIES: Waupaca

TOTAL MILES: 1.7
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: 14.6 mils on roads to Deerfield Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WEST BOUND: Hartman Creek Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: Emmons Creek, Emmons Creek State Fishery Area, Faraway Loop Trail, Murray Creek Lollipop Trail

Directions and Trail Map



Address for your GPS: 9588 Stratton Lake Rd Waupaca, WI 54981
| coordinates: 44.301264, -89.242947 |

From Milwaukee2 Hours
From Madison2 Hours
From Green Bay1.5 Hours
From Wausau1 Hour
From Minneapolis3.5 Hours
From Chicago3.5 Hours




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Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment

Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment

Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment

Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment

Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment
Ice Age Trail Emmons Creek Segment

Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area
Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area

Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area
Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area

Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area
Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area

Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area
Faraway Loop Trail at Emmons Creek State Fishery Area






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