Are you looking for a hiking challenge? Interested in exploring new Ice Age Trail Communities as well as enjoying the Trail segments that are connected to our own Lodi Trail Community? The Ice Age Trail Alliance has just the thing for you!
Last year the Alliance organized the Mammoth Hike Challenge to encourage people to hike 40 miles in order to earn a patch and certificate. The Challenge was a way to celebrate 40 years of being named a National Scenic Trail and the program was enormously popular, with over 7000 participants. This year the Mammoth Hike Challenge 2021 is an opportunity for people to walk/hike/run/backpack 41 miles on the Ice Age Trail and visit three Trail Communities during the month of October in order to earn a new, limited edition patch. You can see and hear Amy Lord, Ice Age Trail Alliance Outreach and Education Manager, talking about this new Challenge by going to iceagetrail.org/mammoth-hike-challenge.
To many of us (including me!) this sounds like a lot of miles but it can be done in short hikes over the 31 days or a few long hiking weekends, as your time allows. Miles can be accumulated individually or as part of a team, giving you a good reason to get out on the Trail with friends or family. The Challenge is for people of all ages and all ability levels and is sponsored by Duluth Trading Company and Travel Wisconsin.
Keep watching the Ice Age Trail Alliance website for more information about possible hiking itineraries for the Challenge as well as registration details, both of which are expected by early-to-mid-August. You may also want to start clearing some time on your October calendar so you can be part of the Mammoth Hike Challenge 2021…..Along the Ice Age Trail.
Patti Herman live in the City of Lodi with her husband, Bill Welch. A retired educator, Patti is glad to be living in the Lodi Valley where she is surrounded by so much natural beauty, including the beauty to be found along the Ice Age Trail.