Hike the Waukesha/Milwaukee County Chapter

Download a Regional Map and Segment Descriptions

To see a regional overview map of Ice Age Trail segments in this area and a free excerpt from our Ice Age Trail Companion Guide 2011 providing driving directions and descriptions of each segment, click here to download a map/description packet. For highly detailed maps suitable for hike navigation, check out our Ice Age Trail Atlas.

Notes on Route Changes and Current Conditions

The map below shows all official Ice Age National Scenic Trail segments (blue lines; actual trail is marked with yellow blazes) and unofficial connecting routes (green lines; actual routes are unmarked). Notes (if any) on route changes and current conditions are indicated by “push pins” on the map; details for each push pin are shown below the map.

To zoom in, double-click or use the slider on the left side of the map.
To explore the Trail in a different part of the state, return to the state map.

The data shown on this map is for general information purposes only. The Ice Age Trail Alliance gives no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the accuracy, reliability, or completeness of these data. It is strongly recommended that only the Ice Age Trail Atlas and Ice Age Trail Companion Guide 2011 be used as official resources for information about the Trail.

As the Ice Age Trail evolves toward completion its route changes over time as volunteers build new sections and other sections are rerouted or closed. Weather and activities such as hunting and land management (e.g., logging) can also alter Trail navigation and access. Pushpins on the map above and detailed comments below (if any) are intended to keep Ice Age Trail users up to date on current Trail conditions and route changes (compared with the Ice Age Trail Atlas and Ice Age Trail Companion Guide 2011).

Waukesha/Milwaukee County: Hunting Season Notes

Hunting Season Notes for all Segments

effective date: Sep 01, 2009

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 80f-83f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 81

Be aware that segments of the Ice Age Trail running through the Southern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest are open for hunting from September - May.  Bright colored clothing should be worn when hiking in these areas.

REMEMBER: If you bring a dog with you, be sure to put a bright colored scarf or jacket on your friend, and keep him or her on a leash for his safety, as well as the safety of other hikers who may be sharing the Trail with you. Any part of the Trail in this area that goes through private property is CLOSED during hunting seasons.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County: Notes for All Segments

Notes for All County Segments

effective date: Jun 25, 2010

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 80f-83f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 81

If you’d like a quick rundown of highlights for each of the segments in Waukesha County, take a look at our Segment Highlights table.

“Trail Angels” let us know of any issues that need to be addressed such as downed trees or invasive species. We welcome any concerns or comments you have regarding your hiking experience in the Southern Kettle Moraines of Wisconsin. Please contact Trail Maintenance Coordinator Pat Witkowski (262-490-3515) with comments or concerns.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County: Drinking Water Sources

Drinking Water Sources for Eagle Segment

effective date: Jun 25, 2010

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 80f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 92

Water sites are at the Pinewoods Campground, the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters, and the town of Eagle. There are several springs along the Trail in this area where water could be filtered.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County: ColdCache Locations

ColdCache Locations in Waukesha County

effective date: Jun 25, 2010

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 80f-83f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 81

Check out our ColdCache Program and begin learning more about Brady’s Rocks, Government Hill, Hartland Marsh, Lapham Peak Kettle Pond, and Scuppernong Spring.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County: Companion Guide correction

Hartland Segment directions

effective date: May 09, 2011

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 82f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 86

The last sentence in the second to last paragraph should read: On Fairway Ct. turn right (not left) and go west 0.2 miles to access the next portion of the off-road section of the Ice Age Trail at the end of the court.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County: Lapham Peak Southern Kettle Moraine Forest

Backpack Campsite for Thru Hikers

effective date: Oct 07, 2011

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 82f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 86

Lapham Peak:

If a long-distance hiker does not have a reservation for the backpack campsite for the day that they arrive at the park, they should take the following steps so that other accommodations can be arranged. Alternative accommodations (subject to standard camping fees) are available only to those passing through on hikes of sufficient time and distance such that making an advanced reservation would be difficult.

First: Call the Lapham Peak Office (262-646-3025; hours vary)

Second: Call the Southern Kettle Moraine Office (262-594-6200; 8:00am – 4:00pm)

Third: Find DNR personnel in the park.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County:Funk Road is now named E. Kilbourne

Funk Road is now named E. Kilbourne

effective date: Apr 14, 2012

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 83f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 82

As of April, 2012, Funk Road in Merton has been changed to E. Kilbourne near Cty E.  The 2014 companion guide and atlas reflect this change.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County:Alternate Route Recommendation

During periods of heavy rains

effective date: Apr 12, 2013

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 82F; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 83

During periods of heavy rain, this low-lying area from Centennial Park to the Hartland marsh is prone to minor flooding, so alternate routes at the hikers discretion, are recommended.

Waukesha/Milwaukee County:Reroute (permanent)

Merton Segment

effective date: Aug 02, 2013

Ice Age Trail Atlas Map 80f; Ice Age Trail Companion Guide p. 82

Hikers can follow the cleared rail bed on portions of the IAT between Dorn Rd. and E. Kilbourne. Northbound, watch for the carsonite post leading up the hill before the new bridge. The IAT will follow the Bug Line Trail in the near future.

If you take a hike on the Ice Age Trail, please let us know how it went. Trail user reports are key to our ability to keep the Ice Age Trail well-maintained and user-friendly. If you notice something during your hike that you think should be included on this page, please let us know by contacting the Ice Age Trail Alliance main office (800-227-0046, info@iceagetrail.org). As you hike, please keep in mind that the Ice Age Trail is largely built and maintained by volunteers. We can always use your help! Contact the chapter coordinator or visit the chapter's events calendar to learn how you can get involved.