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Ice Age Trail: Blue Spring Lake Segment is a 14.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Palmyra, Wisconsin that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 14.6 mi Elevation gain 1,482 ft Route type Out & Back
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Follow the Ice Age Trail over rugged glacial terrain to a scenic vista between CTH Z and Young Road. Hike amongst world class glaciation features formed by mile high glaciers over 12,000 years ago. The Ice Age trail is a National Scenic Trail that follows the terminal moraine left by the last glaciation over 1,200 miles through Wisconsin. The Blue Spring segment of the Ice Age Trail clambers over rugged terrain from CTH Z, where it connects to the Ice Age Trail:Stoney Ridge segment, to a dramatic scenic vista before connecting to the Ice Age Trail:Blackhawk segment at Young Rd in the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit.

Ice Age National Scenic Trail-National Park Service http://www.nps.gov/iatr/index.htm Ice Age National Scenic Trail-Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/iceagetrail/ Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit http://dnr.wi.gov/org/land/parks/specific/kms/ Palmyra Area Chamber of Commerce http://palmyrawi.com/

Trail Signage: Yellow blazes, small rectangles painted or hung on trees or post along the trail, are the official trail blaze of the Ice Age Trail. Trailheads of sections certified by the National Park Service will include the "Woolly Mammoth Ice Age National Scenic Trail" rounded triangle sign. Safety: Always share your trip itinerary with family or friends before leaving for the back county. Keep your itinerary private from strangers. Carry a cell phone. The trail and weather are always changing. Layering clothing is the best way to regulate your temperature during changing weather conditions and activity level such as climbing or descending bluffs. Be prepared with protective clothing for wet weather. Be prepared by always carrying the appropriate gear: water, snacks, map, compass, matches, whistle, weather gear, and first aid gear. Your best tools are knowledge, experience, and common sense. Obtain and exercise them before venturing out. Hunting is permitted in season in certain parts of the trail. Blaze orange and bright colors are required if in these areas in season. Camping: Camping vary greatly along the trail, from frequently and developed, to sparadic and undeveloped. Camping areas include: developed campgrounds, camping shelters, Walk-in campsites, and areas of dispersed camping in the back county.

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Bill Fairburn
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Joan Lien
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Awesome hills trees changing colors. Beautiful. Ran into two hunters sitting on the trail. Is that allowed?? I know they can hunt at Emma Carlin but I didn’t think it was allowed on The Ice Age Trail

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Mike Lisser
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Roger Bell
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HikingGreat!

I hiked from Bald Bluff parking lot to Tamarack Road and back on September 24. On return, on the backside of Bald Bluff, two young men were sitting on the trail with rifles doing target practice. The targets/cans were set up on the trail below them. I heard shots before I saw them, and yelled "hey." As I came around the bend, they put up the guns. I suggested they target practice off trail. They didn't seem to think that was a good idea, and I didn't argue as I was not armed. Otherwise the trail is great.

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julie oshea
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BackpackingGreat!
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Nicole Steck
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lots of hills makes for a great workout. NO water sources on trail so plan ahead

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Dakota Betts
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Levi Standiford
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Andrew Shortslef
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HikingGreat!

very well kept. easy to find the trail at intersections thanks to the yellow markings. took my out of shape buddy out, He was dragging but doable for almost anyone. lots of shade.

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Timothy Czech
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Just what you would expect on the Ice Age Trail!

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Emilie Konold
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HikingBugsGreat!

The trail was perfect today. Only four other hikers on the whole route, dry trail throughout, plenty of wildlife sightings including a family of deer and a falcon. The elevation change didn't add up to much in total, but the small inclines and declines did make for a stimulating hike nonetheless.

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TJ W
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Great trail through excellent glacial topography. Quite a bit of elevation gain and loss for Wisconsin but nothing too bad. There is a mandatory fee to get into the park.

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Chris Carlsen
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this is my favorite section In Southern Kettle.

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Dale Porter
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Got on the trail with my father-in-law and we found some interesting things. Mostly heavy woods, a couple of long climbs but not too bad.

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Elizabeth Carlson
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Lovey trail. Heavily wooded. Felt remote. Only saw one other hiker on a Thursday.

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Zackery Popoca
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Steven Hicks
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Plenty of shoulder parking at the crossing of Little Prairie Road. The section north of little prairie road is 3.2 miles one way. Wonderful singletrack. Well-distributed vert - no monster hills, some steep stuff but it never lasts long. Lots of little ups and downs. Densely wooded - the views are probably better with less foliage, but lots of good shade. This is a really nice section for running. South of little prairie road is more like classic mtb trails. Wider, looser soil, sand, loose rocks, and longer hills. Not my favorite stuff to run on, but lots of good miles. Some fun, fast descents. There are lots of rocks all around - the kind you step on, not the kind you avoid. My watch tracked 13.5 miles out and back on this segment.

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Kristy Hanna
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Kristen Ruegg
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Muddy

Hiked 6 + miles today after A LOT of rain in recent days. The trail is muddy in spots, but everything is greening up nicely. Morels were sprouting up quite a bit.

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Marianne Modl
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started at the Bald Bluff parking area. Elephant Rock was well marked and visible from the trail. I think it looks more like a Whale. Hilly, muddy, good views with leaf off. passed 2 ponds. the last mile look for the rock chair in a tree! ended at Emma Carlin pkg lot

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Jeffrey Little
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Beth Higgins
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good elevation changes; dynamic trail. beautiful scenery.

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Paul Gregory
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We hiked most of the segment from County Road H to Tamarack Road. The Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook was lovely. It was a perfect day to hike. Cool and a bit cloudy. A good part of this segment reveals beautiful panoramic views of the area, especially in the winter when the leaves are on the ground. The other nice thing was the large areas of huge pine trees in a couple of areas. Trail was in good shape. Lots of ups and downs during the hike with some rocky areas.

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Andrea Karoff
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Beautiful area and trails are easy to follow. While no fault of trail the poison ivy and mosquitoes were horrid. Just be prepared when you go and you’ll enjoy your experience all the more.

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Paul Woolson
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