Hiking the Ice Age Trail Straight River Segment

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Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment


The Straight River Trail is an easy 3.3-mile linear segment of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. Much of the trail crosses private properties. The trail route includes scenic vistas of Long Lake and the Straight River. There is a disperse campsite available for distance hikers on Long Lake and one on Rainbow Lake at the parking area off 95th street. This trail connects directly to the Pine Lake Segment and via 1/4 mile of road walking to the Straight Lake Segment. 



Disperse Camping Area on the Straight Lake Segment of the IAT
Disperse Camping Area on the Straight Lake Segment of the IAT



The Straight River Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a very pleasant walk in Northern Wisconsin. Its popularity will grow as the new Straight Lake State Park gains visitors. The lengths of the IAT in Polk County are nearly continuous and offer regular rustic camping areas making this collection of trails ideal for backpacking.

Initially, coming off the Straight Lake Segment, the Straight River Segment keeps to breezy ridgelines. There is a quick dip in elevation to cross the Straight River followed by a rapid climb back up to a ridge between Long Lake and the Straight River. You'll find the short spur trail to the Long Lake Disperse Camping Area. The trail then becomes a private road serving some very nicely sited vacation cabins that I am very jealous of.

A brief walk downhill along the fast trafficked highway 48 I cam on a newly installed parking area and disperse camping area. This would be a great place to launch a canoe or drop in a fishing line. There is also a brief white-blazed trail that loops to Moh's Mountian, a hill overlooking the Straight River. The trail continues through forested low areas along the mucky Straight River and finishes by crossing a field to meet the Pine Lake Segment.


Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment


Ice Age National Scenic Trail - Segment


COUNTY: Polk
COMMUNITIES: Luck

TOTAL MILES: 3.3
DIFFICULTY: Easy

NEXT IAT SEGMENT EASTBOUND: Pine Lake Segment
NEXT IAT SEGMENT WESTBOUND: Straight Lake Segment

POINTS OF INTEREST: Long Lake, Rainbow Lake, Straight River

CAMPING: Disperse Camping Areas (2)


Directions and Trail Map



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Address for your GPS: 2585 95th St Luck, WI 54853
| coordinates: 45.581706, -92.355019 |

From Milwaukee5 Hours
From Madison4 Hours
From Green Bay4 Hours
From Wausau3 Hours
From Minneapolis1.5 Hours
From Chicago6 Hours


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Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment


Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment

Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment
Ice Age Trail Straight Lake Segment