Hike the Chippewa Moraine Chapter
Download a Regional Map and Segment Descriptions
To see a regional overview map of Ice Age Trail segments in this area and a free excerpt from our Ice Age Trail Companion Guide 2011 providing driving directions and descriptions of each segment, click here to download a map/description packet. For highly detailed maps suitable for hike navigation, check out our Ice Age Trail Atlas.
Notes on Route Changes and Current Conditions
The map below shows all official Ice Age National Scenic Trail segments (blue lines; actual trail is marked with yellow blazes) and unofficial connecting routes (green lines; actual routes are unmarked). Notes (if any) on route changes and current conditions are indicated by “push pins” on the map; details for each push pin are shown below the map.
To zoom in, double-click or use the slider on the left side of the map.
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The data shown on this map is for general information purposes only. The Ice Age Trail Alliance gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data. It is strongly recommended that only the Ice Age Trail Atlas and Ice Age Trail Companion Guide 2011 be used as official resources for information about the Trail.
As the Ice Age Trail evolves toward completion its route changes over time as volunteers build new sections and other sections are rerouted or closed. Weather and activities such as hunting and land management (e.g., logging) can also alter Trail navigation and access. Pushpins on the map above and detailed comments below (if any) are intended to keep Ice Age Trail users up to date on current Trail conditions and route changes (compared with the Ice Age Trail Atlas and Ice Age Trail Companion Guide 2011).
Chippewa Moraine:New Camping Option
Harwood Lakes Segment - Dispersed Camping Area
effective date: Oct 08, 2013
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 16f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 300
The Harwood Lakes Segment is now home to a dispersed camping area near the shores of Picnic Lake created specifically for long-distance, multi-day Ice Age Trail hikers. It has no facilities and is a “camp within sight of this sign”-type area. It offers multi-day, long-distance hikers a good spot to camp just off the Ice Age Trail. The site is NOT intended for use by those looking to do a one-night out-and-back hike.
Chippewa Moraine:Reroute (permanent)
New Harwood Lakes Segment Open
effective date: Sep 23, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 16f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 57
1.5 miles of new Ice Age Trail in Chippewa County are now open after Mobile Skills Crew projects in 2013 and 2014. The properties that host the Trail are permanently protected by conservation easements held by the Alliance thanks to a partnership with Chippewa County and the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes.
From County Hwy E traveling west, the new route passes Picnic Lake and tamarack bogs, all within the high-relief hummokcy terrain of the Chippewa Moraine.
Also see the update about the new Dispersed Camping Area next to the lake that volunteers developed in fall of 2013.
Note: Atlas and Guide pages refer to the 2014 editions of the Ice Age Trail Atlas and Guidebook.
Chippewa Moraine:New Trail Segment
Chippewa River Segment -- extended Trail
effective date: Sep 26, 2014
Ice Age Trail Atlas Map ; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p.
Volunteers extended the Chippewa River Segment by half a mile, eliminating a section of road walk.
The new section of Trail is permanently protected thanks to a partnership with the Chippewa County Land Conservancy and funding from the state Knowles Nelson Stewardship Fund and federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.