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Ice Age Trail: Stoney Ridge

Follow the Ice Age Trail past kettles, over moraines, and through prairies from HWY 59 to CTH Z
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 3.1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview :  The Ice Age Trail is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting the remnants left behind by glaciers during the last ice age over 12,000... more »

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Yellow blazes, small rectangles painted or hung on trees or post along the trail, are the official trail blaze of the ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Hwy 59

HWY 59 is the northernmost point of the Stoney Ridge trail segment. The trail continues to the north on the Eagle segment of the Ice Age Trail.

There is no parking on HWY 59, but just north of HWY 59 is a parking lot accessible by a gravel road from HWY 59.

2. Antique Lane

The trail crosses Antique Lane. There is no developed parking on Antique Lane.

The closest developed parking in the HWY 59 parking area.

3. CTH S

The trail crosses CTH S. There is no developed parking on CTH S. The closest developed parking is the HWY 59 parking area.

4. Railroad Tracks

The trail crosses some railroad tracks.

5. Stoney Ridge Nature Trail

The trail intersects the Stoney Ridge Nature Trail.

A booklet is available from the State Forest Headquaters for this self-guided loop.

6. Shelter #2 South Spur

A short spur trail leads up the bluff to Shelter #2.

A short spur trail leads north to the Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters. An additional spur trail heading south leads to Shelter #2.

The Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters has parking, restrooms, water, and tons of information on the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the surrounding area.

8. Eagle Home Hostel Spur

A short spur trail leads to the Eagle Home Hostel.

9. Footbridge

A footbridge spans over a small creek.

10. CTH Z

The trail crosses CTH Z, which marks the southern terminus of the Stoney Ridge trail segment. The trail continues on the west side of CTH Z on the Blue Spring segment.

There is no parking available here, but parking is available at the Emma Carlin trailhead just south on CTH Z.

The Kettle Moraine State Forest Headquarters has parking, restrooms, water, and tons of information on the Kettle Moraine State Forest and the surrounding area.

12. Eagle Home Hostel

A backpacking hostel with a spur trail to the Ice Age Trail. For more information on staying at this unique, historic home, call 414-961-2525.

13. Shelter #2

A reservable developed, walk-in campsite with direct trail access.

The campsite features an Andirandak style shelter, picnic table, fire ring, pit toilet, and scenic vista.

14. HWY 59 Parking

A developed, off road parking area with Ice Age trail access. Access to the Stoney Ridge segment is just a short walk south down a gravel road spur.

15. Emma Carlin Trailhead

The Emma Carlin trailhead provides access to hiking and biking trails. The trailhead includes parking, water, and vault toilets. A spur trail connects the parking lot to the Ice Age Trail.

This is the place to park for access to the southern terminus of the Stoney Ridge trail segment.

Vehicles parked here require a daily or annual pass. Passes... More