Ice Age Trail


The 1,000 mile Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a continuous footpath through diverse landscapes that follows the features that mark the furthest advance of the last glacier in Wisconsin. Because of its tremendous geological significance, the trail is one of 11 national scenic trails.

The 49 mile non-motorized segment runs diagonally across the forest in Taylor County. Traversing eskers and moraines, around kettle lakes and holes, the trail gives hikers intimate contact with the land forms that were created when the last glacier covered Wisconsin. Hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing are allowed uses on the trail. Motorized and horse use on the trail is prohibited.

Trail lengths: Forest Road 102 to County Highway E - 11.8 miles; County Highway E to Forest Road 108 - 13.9 miles; Forest Road 108 to Jerry Lake - 6.6 miles; Jerry Lake to State Highway 64 - 10.6 miles; Ice Age Loop - 7 miles.

What to expect: many species of trees, wild flowers, and wildlife can be observed along the trail.

Developed campsites and drinking water near the trail are available around the Mondeaux flowage. Camping is allowed at least 150 feet away from a trail/road or 200 feet away from any waters edge. There are many access points to the trail for those wishing to only hike a portion of the trail.

Developed parking areas are available at the Mondeaux Flowage, Jerry Lake and Highway 64 where the trail enters the Forest. When hiking in the spring the trail can be wet and have areas of standing water.

For more information please visit the Ice Age Trail Alliance website.

At a Glance

Closest Towns: Medford
Information Center: Medford - Park Falls District

General Information


Highway 64 Trailhead: From Medford, drive west on State Highway 64 for 19 miles. The trailhead is located on the right (north) side of the road.

Jerry Lake Trailhead: From Medford, drive north on State Highway 13 for 4.5 miles. Turn left (west) on County Highway M and drive 13 miles to Forest Road 571. Turn right (north) and drive 0.75 mile to the parking lot.

Highway E Trailhead: From State Highway 13 in Westboro, drive west on County Highway D 8.2 miles to County Highway E. Turn left (south) on E and drive 3.5 miles to the trailead.

Mondeaux Flowage Access/Parking: From State Highway 13 in Westboro, drive west on County Highway D 6.8 miles. Turn left (south) on FR 106 and follow it 2.2 miles to the Mondeaux Dam Lodge lower parking lot.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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