Ice Age Trail- Harrison Hills Segment is a 15.2 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gleason, WI that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
A very seldom used trail through a relatively new growth section of Lincoln County Forest. Glacial features include hummocks, eskers, kettle and pothole lakes. Mostly a narrow single-file path, overgrown in many places, but still navigable for those who stay alert to the blazes. Travels through somewhat still new growth and along side many small untouched pothole lakes and beautiful kettles. Swimming and fishing all these treasures as well as bird watching can make for an unforgettable trip. Evidence of bear, wolves, coyotes, deer are present so some caution should be taken. Late at night/Early morning, just before dawn the forest becomes deafening with the music of the wildlife many frogs, birds, coyotes, and wolves may keep you awake whether you like it or not. Late Spring brings clouds and clouds of mosquitoes and an extremely healthy tick population which may be the only downside of this trail. Just past midpoint on the trail you will find yourself atop Lookout Mountain. At 1920 feet, for a gain of 454 ft, you can climb a fire watch tower on the highest point of the IAT, and only 30 ft shorter than the highest point in all of Wisconsin.
Heading to the NE Harrison Hills IAT Segment on Tuesday. Will post pictures and update once we return Thursday!
Weather and area were both beautiful. You can park free overnight at the shelter/rest area right off Cty B near Ski Hill Road. We started out on the IAT, but decided to turn back after discovering multiple piles of fresh bear poo and fresh tracks right on the trail. We decided to take Ski Hill Road to the Atv route which then linked up with the IAT. We found a beautiful site to camp at just beyond the bridge. Unfortunately we decided to cut our trip short after awaking to a bear at our site this morning. It did not appear aggressive, however, and scurried off after a loud/calm "Git Bear!" He did manage to sneak off with my cooking pot, though. Amongst our surprise morning visitor, we also encountered deer, hawks, and even a hummingbird and bald eagle right at our site. We also heard a decent amount wolves/ coyotes throughout the night. We couldn't have asked for better conditions. We left a large amount of wood behind for whoever decides to visit this amazing location next. Happy hiking!