Director of Education Tom Finley will guide us through the Pike Lake Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which lies is the middle of the beautiful hilly region known as the Kettle Moraine – a strip of glacial landforms which extends throughout southeast Wisconsin. A striking and key feature of the park, named after the popular 522-acre spring fed kettle lake, is Powder Hill: a glacial kame.
We’ll climb the 60-foot tower on this hilltop for a breathtaking 360 degree view of the countryside for many miles around. We’ll also hike the scenic Black Forest Nature Trail and look for gorgeous fall colors in the woods. Located just east of Hartford along Highway 60, our day begins at the Visitor Center to better acquaint ourselves with the landscape. Our hike will cover a variety of habitats from forest and prairie to field and water. After a bag lunch on tables near the lake, our afternoon will see us hiking portions of the Ice Age Trail.
The beauty of the landscape, especially in Autumn, coupled with the constant anticipation of discovery in these bio-diverse communities makes this format always rewarding. Expect several miles of hiking over moderate, undulating terrain. Please bring your own lunch or snacks. Further details and directions will be emailed to registered participants the week prior to the trip. A vehicle admission sticker is required. https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/admission
This program will take place entirely outdoors. We will practice social distancing when we are able to, but because of the nature of small-group programming, it will not always be possible. For the health and safety of all, participants must wear a mask when you are within six feet of others. Please do not attend if you are sick or believe you have been exposed to the virus. See our latest COVID-19 updates here.
Members: $45 | Non-Members: $60