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Tim F
(kneebyter) - MLife

Locale: the depths of Hiking Hell (Iowa)
Any Good Trails in North/Central WI? on 05/25/2008 20:15:49 MDT Print View

I'm going to be near Sparta, WI (about 30 miles east of LaCrosse, just off Interstate 90) for business, and I'm wondering if there are any good trails within 2-3 hour drive. I'm looking for 15-20 miles, preferably a loop.

On a side note, can you filter/treat the water in that area of WI? I live in Iowa where it is not suggested to drink the water because of agricultural runoff (pesticides/herbicides) that no filter can remove. I know there is a lot of farming in WI too.

Any info appreciated. Thanks

Stuart Burke
(burkest) - F

Locale: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Re: Any Good Trails in North/Central WI? on 05/26/2008 19:48:49 MDT Print View

There are some sections of the Ice Age Trail near Wausau and Rice Lake if you are wiling to drive that far. I have not hiked these sections of trail so I cannot say what they are like.

I drink the surface water here in northern WI but I do not know if the surface water in central WI is ok to drink.

Jim Colten
(jcolten)

Locale: MN
Re: Any Good Trails in North/Central WI? on 05/27/2008 02:16:18 MDT Print View

Tim: While it isn't my idea of an ideal HIKING trail, you might find the railroad tunnels of the Sparta-Elroy bike trail worth a visit. Definitely more scenic than your average midwestern converted rail trail.

Stuart: I drink the surface water here in northern WI, were you speaking of the northwest end of the Ice Age Trail? I've been looking for variety (from SHT) and have been wondering about IAT.

Edited by jcolten on 05/27/2008 02:18:28 MDT.

Stuart Burke
(burkest) - F

Locale: Collegiate Peaks Wilderness
Re: Re: Any Good Trails in North/Central WI? on 05/27/2008 06:24:47 MDT Print View

Jim,

I have not hiked any sections of the IAT yet but I want to in the coming years. I have hiked the NCT from solon springs to drummond and would highly recommend that stretch of trail. It has nice rolling terrain, mature pine and hardwood forests with little undergrowth, great trail tread, and is well maintained. I would also recommend buying the official maps from the NCT association the one I have is very useful.