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Ice Age Trail: Blue Spring

Follow the Ice Age Trail over rugged glacial terrain to a scenic vista between CTH Z and Young Road.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 7 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview:  Hike amongst world class glaciation features formed by mile high glaciers over 12,000 years ago. The Ice Age trail is a National... more »

Tips:  Trail Signage:

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. CTH Z

The Ice Age trail crosses CTH Z, which is the starting point for the Blue Spring Segement.

There is no parking available roadside, but parking and more is availabe just south at the Emma Carlin trailhead.

2. Emma Carlin Trailhead Spur

A short spur trail leads to the Emma Carlin trailhead on CTH Z. The trailhead offers parking, restrooms, and water.

An "iron ranger" self-pay station is available for state park fees.

3. Stone bench

A unique stone bench at the base of a tree.

4. Connector Trail

The trail intersects the Connector trail, the bike trail connecting the Emma Carlin trails with the John Muir trails.

5. Carlin Trail Road

The trail skirts Carlin Trail road next to a large red barn.

6. Horserider's Camp

The trail crosses the Horserider camp. Camping is for horse riders only. There are restrooms and water are on site.

7. Little Prairie Road

The trail crosses Little Prairie Road.

8. Tammarack Road

The trail crosses Tammarack Road.

9. Tammarack Road Vista

A bench offers a resting place while you soak in this scenic vista.

10. Stone Elephant Spur

A short spur trail leads to a large erratic known as the Stone Elephant.

This massive granite erratic was visited frequently by the Prairie Potawatomi Native Americans.

11. Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook

After climbing up the backside, you reach the top of Bald Bluff.

At 1,050 ft, Bald Bluff is one of the highest points in Jefferson County. The clearing at the top offer stunning views to the West.

12. Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook Parking Spur

A short spur trail leads down to the Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook parking lot on CTH H.

The Ice Age trail continues to Young Road by veering to the left.

13. Young Road

The trail crosses Young Road-the southern terminus of the Blue Spring segment.

The Ice Age trail continues into the Blackhawk segment on the south side of Young Road.

The closest parking is in the Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook parking lot on CTH H.

14. Emma Carlin Trailhead

The trailhead offers parking, restrooms, and water.

An "iron ranger" self-pay station is available for state park fees.

15. Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook Parking

Parking area for teh Bald Bluff Scenic Overlook.