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  • Top 10 backpacking trails in the upper Midwest
    My list includes trails that offer a challenge, beautiful surroundings, unique landscapes and an opportunity for solitude and some off-trail camping.  
  • Ice Age Trail building stopped by government shutdown
    UPDATED: Here in Wisconsin, the federal government shutdown has unfortunately put the brakes on building and maintaining the Ice Age National Scenic Trail. A majority of the thousands of hours spent on the trail is done by volunteers (i.e. non-federal employees), but their participation is covered by liability insurance provided by the federal government. And that coverage is currently unavailable.  
  • Mountain bikes should remain prohibited on National Scenic Trails, such as the Ice Age and North Country trails in the Midwest, according to Gregory A. Miller, president of the American Hiking Society (AHS) in an fundraising email sent to members of his organization. 
  • Stepping foot on Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail (IAT) can take one in many directions. My earliest involvement was hiking this National Scenic Trail in its entirety.  
  • Chris Hillier, 45, of Taylor, Michigan, planned to start hiking the 924 miles of a proposed trail across his state, from Detroit north, across the Upper Peninsula, to Ironwood, Wisconsin, starting April 26.  
  • The Ice Age Trail National Scenic Trail, all 1,200 miles of which are in Wisconsin, draws more than 1.2 million visitors who contribute $113 million to the local and state economies every year, according to a new report by the Ice Age Trail Alliance, the Wisconsin Department of Tourism and partners.  
  • Sand Point is an aptly named stretch of beach and one of the initial west-end attractions of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Its bars and sandy spits creep out from the mainland in the direction of Grand Island. It seems to designate the dividing point between a quieter Munising Bay and a more rambunctious Lake Superior, the giant that deposits sand on the point at will. It is where hikers and kayakers gear up before they start their wilderness jaunts. It is peaceful and wild and intriguing all in one. It is where rapture sneaks up and overpowers you.  
  • The peninsula was covered nicely in white, but the snow was shallow and the trails had only a half inch to three inches of snow cover. Switching from snowshoeing to hiking, we would not be disappointed. I still got a feel for the snowshoe trails we traversed in boots.  
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