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Be Blissful Hike

March 7 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Be BLISSFUL. Join us for a Hike on the Ice Age Trail at Hartman Creek State Park!

Waupaca, Wis. — Women of all ages are invited to set aside their to-do lists for a day. Set aside the drudgery of laundry and grocery shopping for fresh air and a snowshoe hike! Yes, we’re hoping for plenty of snow. Even if there isn’t much white stuff on the ground, the hike is still on. Come for the fun and friendship! Stay for the warm food and drink. Snowshoes will be available for those who would like to borrow a pair.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance (IATA) and members of its local Waupaca and Portage County Chapter are eager to bring a Trailtessa Retreat to the beautiful Hartman Creek State Park. These outings are designed to introduce women and girls to the Ice Age Trail and peaceful, me-time in the great outdoors.

“The Hartman Creek Segment of the Ice Age Trail is a real treat winding like it does past deep kettles and tall oaks,” says Debbie Krogwold, a volunteer who coordinates the IATA’s local Waupaca and Portage County Chapter and who helps build and maintain the Trail.

“We’re serving up hot soup and homemade bread, afterwards along with making memories and lasting friendships” said Amy Lord, Outreach and Education Manager for the IATA. “Be BLISSFUL will be a great way to meet and connect other active ladies in the area.” Locally made food will be prepared by Eleonore Hebal of the Gypsy Moon Bakehaus, out of The Village Hive – a bakery and local food collective in downtown Amherst, WI.


Be BLISSFUL. Winter hiking keeps you connected to the simple things in life: health and vigor; home and friends and family. Join us on Saturday, March 7, 2020, Hartman Creek State Park at 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Here’s the schedule:

9:30 a.m. Registration Open and coffee/tea available at the warming shelter at Hartman Lake at Hartman Creek State Park (N2480 Hartman Creek Rd, Waupaca, WI 54981)

10:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

10:15 a.m. Board bus to the start of the hike (Edminster Road) for a 2.2-mile hike back to the shelter. There will also be the option to hike an easy 1-mile loop on the Deer Path Trail around Allen Lake (not Ice Age Trail) for those wanting a less rigorous option and more time hanging at the warming shelter talking with friends.

11:30 a.m. Start arriving back to the warming shelter at Hartman Lake. Warm up by the fire inside the shelter or circle up around the bonfire outdoors. Enjoy homemade soup and bread, along with coffee, cocoa and mulled wine, and s’mores.

1:00 p.m. Depart.

  • Snowshoes can be provided for anyone who needs a pair.
  • Dress for the weather. Coats, hats, gloves, hiking boots, hiking poles, water bottle, etc.
  • Limit: 100 women, ages 10 and above.
  • Investment: $12 non-refundable fee per individual, girls under 18 are FREE (DNR vehicle pass is required to enter the park)
  • Sign up yourself, and bring a friend!

REGISTER at: https://www.iceagetrail.org/be-blissful-saturday-march-7-2020/

Online registration will be open until Monday, March 2.


The Ice Age Trail, one of only eleven National Scenic Trails, is a thousand-mile footpath highlighting Wisconsin’s world-renowned Ice Age heritage and natural resources. The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 1958 that works to create, support and protect the Ice Age Trail. This event, hosted by the IATA’s Portage and Waupaca county chapters, is part of the IATA’s Trailtessa Retreat series in partnership with REI’s Force of Nature initiative. Visit iceagetrail.org for more information.


March 7
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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