Ice Age Trail: A Gem in the Making


I had a taste of the life of a mobile skills event over this past weekend on the Plover River Segment of the Ice Age Trail in Marathon County.   A Mobile Skills event is almost like an old time threshing time .    A lot of people come into to a major job.  For this one, people came in from many parts of the state and even from neighboring Iowa to open up the corridor and develop the Plover River segment of the Ice Age Trail running between Wisconsin’s State Highway 52 and County Highway HH  in the far northeastern corner of Marathon County.

Camping was offered at the Dells of the Eau Claire  County Park in the group campground there, and a crew of women provided some top notch meals.   No one goes to bed hungry at one of these events.   All of this happens to make a dream come true of a 1,000 mile trail following the terminal moraine from the last glacier.    Working among the  erratic boulders and the muck of the swamps, they built the boardwalks that snake through the trees so that hikers can make their way through without falling into the muck.

Gemutlicheit can happen when people work together for a common purpose and it did out there last weekend.

Update:   This segment of the trail is now completed connecting the the trail between Highways 52 and HH for a total of 6 miles or so.New Trail

New board walks were put in by mobile skills group during the week of September 18-23 as the Plover River Segment is extended north of State Highway 52 in Marathon County..

More board walk construction.

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