Hike geared toward women
Retreat set at Hartman Creek State Park
Women of all ages are invited to set aside their to-do lists for a day.
The Ice Age Trail Alliance and members of its local Waupaca County and Portage County chapters will hold a Trailtessa Retreat Saturday, Feb. 23, at Hartman Creek State Park.
The retreat, designed to introduce women and girls to the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the park, located at N2480 Hartman Creek Road, Waupaca.
“The Hartman Creek segment of the Ice Age Trail is a real treat, winding like it does past deep kettles and tall oaks,” said
Debbie Krogwold, a volunteer who coordinates the IATA’s Waupaca County chapter and helped build the trail.
“We’re serving up hot soup and homemade bread afterwards,” said Amy Lord, the IATA’s outreach and education manager. “Be Blissful will be a great way to meet and connect other active ladies in the area.”
Eleonore Hebal of the Gypsy Moon Bakehaus, out of The Village Hive, a bakery and local food collective in Amherst, will provide locally made food.
Participants will meet at 10 a.m. at the park’s warming shelter on Hartman Lake and board a bus at 10:15 p.m. for 2-mile hike on snowshoes back to the shelter. There will also be option to hike a 1-mile loop on the Deer Path Trail around Allen Lake for those wanting a less rigorous option and more time hanging at the warming shelter talking with friends.
Hikers will arrive back at the warming shelter at 11:30 a.m. to warm up by the fire inside the shelter or circle up around the bonfire outdoors.
Snowshoes will be provided for those who need a pair. Hikers should dress for the weather with coats, hats, gloves, hiking boots, hiking poles and water bottle.
The retreat is limited to 100 women ages 10 and up and the cost is $10.
Hikers can register at www.iceagetrail.org/be-blissful-saturday-february-23-2019/. Online registration will be open until Wednesday, Feb. 20.
The Ice Age Trail, one of only 11 national scenic trails, is a 1,000-mile-long footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources.
The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 1958 that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age Trail. The is part of the IATA’s Trailtessa Retreat series in partnership with REI’s Force of Nature initiative.