Hiking the Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment

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Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment

The Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment is a 3 mile easy and gentle linear footpath in northwestern Wisconsin near the Village of Luck. It connects the Straight River Segment to the McKenzie Creek Segment. The majority of this segment passes through open fields, meadows, and pristine prairies on a mowed grass two track path. The trail is well defined in most areas except for where it crosses private lands on the Straight River end of the segment.



Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment


The Pine Lake Segment picks up on private property where the Straight River Segment terminates. These first properties of this trail segment are frequently closed by the owner, so be prepared with maps of the area to figure out a way around if you are thru-hiking. The other issue here is that there is not a good parking spot for the section of the Pine Lake Segment at Round Lake Road and Highway 48.

This initial length of the trail is scraggly and lacking in any scenery, so if you are a out-n-back section hiker like myself I would recommend excluding that length of the trail. If you do hike it, you will be clamoring over fences and walking among cows on grazing land. After the cow fields there is a very muddy troad section that intersects many ATV and and access roads - so stay alert for the yellow blazes. I also saw a pile of deer carcasses only a few feet off the trail - clear evidence of some large predators in the area.

Across highway 48 however, the trail opens up as it passes through a graceful forest and then into open restored prairies. This more mild and serene terrain made for great afternoon hiking in the sun. A loop trail offers even more open trail through prairie grasses and colorful wildflowers. There is a great large parking area at the end of the Pine Lake Segment on 70th street.

The area of trail including the scenic loop near the 70th street lot is a great and mild walk for families and groups. It would take about an hour to hike the loop. For thru-hikers, the next segment, The McKenzie Creek Segment, begins a few blocks up 70th street on north side of 270th street.

Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment


Overview: Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Pine Lake Segment


COUNTY: Polk
COMMUNITIES: Frederic, Luck

TOTAL MILES: 2.88 linear
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Mckenzie Creek Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Straight River Segment



Directions and Trail Map





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Address for your GPS: 2665 70th Street, Frederic, WI 54837
| coordinates: 45.591830, -92.304600 |

From Milwaukee5 Hours
From Madison4 Hours
From Green Bay4 Hours
From Wausau2.5 Hours
From Minneapolis1.5 Hour
From Chicago6 Hours



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Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment

Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment

Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment

Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment


Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Pine Lake Segment






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