Sunday, March 6, 2016
Albany Segment of the Ice Age Trail
I felt the snow soften under my feet as the day warmed. With only 1 to 2 inches of snow on the ground, I comfortably hiked in waterproof trail running sneakers. I enjoyed occasional views of the Little Sugar River. The river now contains a number of down trees that will need to be cleared from the river before the paddling will be much good. There was one down tree across the trail as well.
After 5 miles of walking (8 km) I turned back for a total hike of 10 miles (16 km). The Albany Segment of the Ice Age Trail makes for a nice walk on an overcast March day.
Trail Conditions - Majority of trail covered with 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5.0 cm) of wet snow. Overcast and 36°F (2°C).
Total Distance Covered - 10 miles (16 km) out and back.
Difficulty - Easy and flat.
Highlights - The return of the sandhill cranes, views of the Little Sugar River.
Concerns - Watch your step, plenty of dog poop on the trail.
Location - Parked at the Badger River State Trail / Sugar River State Trail parking area on Pratt Road in Monticello, WI at the Old Train Depot.
Total Official Ice Age Trail Miles Completed to Date - Total official Ice Age Trail distance completed 146 miles (233 km).