Free to PLATO Members and Guests
Registration Will Open October 12th
What to expect on the walk:
- The Eastern Lodi Marsh segment of the Ice Age Trail transitions from a Trail Community to a beautiful ridge top natural area with outstanding restored prairies and stunning views.
- A 3.2 mile walk over somewhat challenging hills (rated a 4 on a scale of 1 to 5). The footing is decent (rated as a 2 on a scale of 1 t0 5). This walk is one of the more challenging we will be on this Spring and not suitable for using a walker.
- This segment traverses till-covered ridges of Prairie du Chien dolomite. While glaciers partially shaped the landscape into drumlin forms, the north-south-trending ridge that the trail follows in its central section is bedrock. From this segment you will have excellent views of Lodi Marsh, which is in a glacial tunnel channel. You will also see disturbed land from former gravel mining near the railroad grade just west of highway 113.
- The marsh formed after the last glaciation as wetland vegetation slowly filled a shallow pond in part of the valley. The valley is a tunnel channel which formed beneath the glacier, water under pressure flowed beneath the ice, cutting a deep valley in the bedrock..
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
We will follow Dane County COVID-19 safety protocols in place at the time of the walk. By registering for this event, you:
- Agree to wear a mask if you are unvaccinated. Fully vaccinated participants do not need to wear masks unless they feel more comfortable doing so.
- Acknowledge that going on the walk is voluntary and a personal decision. PLATO recommends full compliance with safety standards: masks, social distancing, and handwashing. We are not responsible for enforcing public health orders.
Our leader will have a microphone along to assist in delivering her message clearly as possible.
Driving and Parking Information
To be described in early June once the best route has been agreed upon.
Trail access and parking will be announced in early August and will be one of the field parking lots on Lodi-Springfield Road.
PLATO has the right to cancel any event if it is apparent that the activity itself does not comply with the current guidelines. PLATO can also cancel any activity if there is an increase in COVID cases (or hospitalizations or deaths), which would increase an infection risk for the participants.
Questions? Contact trip leader Mike Dilorio at firstname.lastname@example.org