Hiking the Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment



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Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segement
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

There's a lot of future trail development required before the Cedar Lakes Segment will connect between the Slinger and West Bend Segments. For now the Cedar Lakes Segment is a 2 mile long linear easy footpath that cuts through valleys between the Polk Kames outside Slinger. You'll find a large parking lot off County Highway NN. The trail area includes two other trails so you can make this hike into a 4 mile lollipop. 



Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment



The sound of traffic and speeding cars roars through the forest at Polk Kames State Ice Age Trail Area. The trail area butts up against the busy I41 and is just across the freeway from the Slinger Speedway - an active racetrack. In spite of the distant noise the parking lot off NN was full and there were plenty of dog walkers and hikers out for a Sunday morning stroll before the big Packers game.

The trail starts out cutting through a few corn fields but then dashes into a deep forest. The forest is old growth and typical of the native forests which once shaded this region: birch, oak, maple. The trail does not catch too much elevation, preferring to stay between the kames rather than climb them. But, a few gentle rollers twist through this ancient feeling forest.

This is a great easy weekend walk for locals who seem to know it well. It offers easier hiking and a bit more privacy than the nearby Pike Lake State Park. While short on long scenic views, this remains a gem of a hike in Washington County.


Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment



Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Cedar Lakes Segment


COUNTY: Washington
COMMUNITIES: Slinger

TOTAL MILES: 2 Miles Linear
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: West Bend Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Slinger Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: Polk Kames



Directions and Trail Map

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Address for your GPS: 4704-4898 Arthur Rd, Slinger, WI 53086
| coordinates: 43.353114, -88.271140 |

From Milwaukee1/2 Hour
From Madison1.5 Hours
From Green Bay1.5 Hours
From Wausau2.5 Hours
From Minneapolis5 Hours
From Chicago2 Hours


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Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment

Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment
Ice Age Trail Cedar Lakes Segment