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Mammoth Challenge Encourages Hikers to Visit Ice Age Trail Communities Including Antigo

Cameron Gillie
Ice Age Trail Alliance
A glimpse of a kettle lake along the Summit Moraine Segment in Langlade County

The Ice Age Trail is a 1,200 mile route that takes you from St. Croix Falls south to Madison and then back up to Green Bay.

It winds through 142 different communities in Wisconsin.

Five segments of the Ice Age Trail totaling 50 miles cut through Langlade County.

“It’s a mix of forest, old pines, there’s a small bog lake and it kind of goes through glacier area and then it’s twisty and hilly,” said Deena Grabowsky, Executive Director of the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is encouraging hikers to get out on the trails and visit some of the communities along the way.

The trail group is bringing back its Mammoth Challenge.

During the month of October, hike, walk, run or backpack 41 miles of the Ice Age Trail and visit three of the trail communities to earn a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch.

Antigo is one of 15 official Ice Age Communities.

“It’s a wonderful impact and exposure for Langlade County that this challenge is coming through our area. It’s a great way to support local businesses and experience our Ice Age Trail and possibly if they’re staying in the area longer, they can take advantage of a lot of the other trails that we also have in the county,” said Grabowsky.

The Mammoth Challenge lasts the entire month of October. You can learn more about and sign up here.

You can also contact the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center for Ice Age and other trail information.