Hiking the Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment



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Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
One of the oldest and most epic of the Ice Age Trail segments The Greenbush trail cuts around and through the vast kettles of the Northern Kettle Moraine State Forest. The Greenbush Segment is a moderate to difficult 8.4 mile length of footpath. It is served by a number of parking lots, a large group camp, an Adirondack style backpackers shelter, water pumps, picnic areas, and vault toilets along its densely forested length. The Greenbush segment connects directly to the Parnell Segment and is separated by a several miles from the Labudde Creek Segment. 




Shelter #5 Hikers Shelter on the Greenbush Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Shelter #5 Hikers Shelter on the Greenbush Segment of the Ice Age Trail



Rugged, rocky, and rolling the Greenbush Segment delivers mountain-like hiking in the Northern Kettle Moraine, a series of glacial landforms that rise dramatically out of the gentle rolling landscape of eastern Wisconsin. Backpackers love this trail and the trails south of it including the Parnell and Milwaukee River segments.

I began this trail on at the northern trailhead on County Highway P in Glenbeulah and hiked it south to the southern trailhead at Highway 67 outside of Parnell. From the northern trailhead the trail climbed and climbed winding around around the rims of vast kettles. The hard packed rocky trailbed was uneven and at times slippery well worn stones.

Hardwood forest gave way to managed forest and pine plantations as I approached Highway 23. The 23 crossing was difficult. I had to wait nearly 15 minutes before an adequate opening in the traffic cleared for me to get across. The IAT follows along the Old Plank Road for a mile or so on the southern side of 23. The sound of pumpkin cannons from a nearby bar and grill that hosting a pumpkin chuck festival. I stopped in for a beer and a few Johnsonville brats before getting back on the trail.

The trail cut back into the forest onto a narrower more rugged footpath. A couple miles south of 23 a side trail diverts off to the town of Greenbush and the Historic Wade House Museum - a popular destination in the area.

South of the trail intersection the trail rolls along a high ridge avoiding difficult climbs. The next rest stop was at the Group Camp Parking area where water and restrooms are available. A mile south of the group camp is a picnic area that offers water and restrooms as well. The landscape of the trail calms down south of the picnic area becoming an easy to moderate trail as it descends toward Parnell.

Near the end of this trail I came on a water pump and Shelter #5 which is sited in wooded valley. There is ample room for tent camping surrounding the shelter. The shelter itself could fit 12-20 hikers while the camping area around the shelter can accommodate large groups of tent campers.

The Greenbush Segment ends unceremoniously at Highway 67 where the Parnell Segment begins.



Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment


Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Segment


COUNTY: Sheboygan
COMMUNITIES: Greenbush, Glenbeulah, Plymouth

TOTAL MILES: 8.4 miles linear
DIFFICULTY: Moderate

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Labudde Creek Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Parnell Segment

CAMPING: Group Camp, Shelter #5




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Address for your GPS: 5802 Kettle Moraine Dr, Greenbush, WI 53023
| coordinates: 43.750964, -88.101880 |

From Milwaukee1 Hour
From Madison1 Hours 45 minutes
From Green Bay1 Hour
From Wausau2.5 Hours
From Minneapolis5 Hours
From Chicago2.5 Hours


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Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment


Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment
Ice Age Trail Greenbush Segment

Shelter #5 Hikers Shelter on the Greenbush Segment of the Ice Age Trail
Shelter #5 Hikers Shelter on the Greenbush Segment of the Ice Age Trail



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