Yesterday’s hike (Monday, 12/26) started on a connecting route at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area that went south west. After about four miles we continued onto the Monticello Segment, which ran along the Badger State Trail and a small part of the Sugar River State Trail. The Monticello Segment ended at the old train depot. There is a parking lot with bathrooms that are open year round! This is rare and very nice! It was a really windy day, so once we got on the bike trail, it was nice to have a wind block at times. The weather started out somewhat warm and got colder as the day went on.
This part of the Ice Age Trail was slightly boring. The bike trail is on an old railroad line, so it’s flat and straight. There’s not much to look at and you can always see where you’re going. There was some nice scenery along the way. We saw one guy on his fat tire bike, but other than that we were the only ones out. This part of the trail is also open to snowmobiles, but due to the warm temperatures the snow was melting and there wasn’t enough snow for snowmobiles.
Thanks to Jared Wildenradt for taking pictures of me.