Suggested Reading List
Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail
Author: David M. Mickelson, Louis J. Maher Jr. and Susan L. Simpson
Description: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail meanders across the state of Wisconsin through scenic glacial terrain dotted with lakes, steep hills, and long, narrow ridges. David M. Mickelson, Louis J. Maher Jr., and Susan L. Simpson bring this landscape to life and help readers understand what Ice Age Wisconsin was like. An overview of Wisconsin’s geology and key geological concepts helps readers understand geological processes, materials, and landforms. The authors detail geological features along each segment of the Ice Age Trail and at each of the nine National Ice Age Scientific Reserve sites.
Readers can experience the Ice Age Trail through more than one hundred full-color photographs, scores of beautiful maps, and helpful diagrams. Science briefs explain glacial features such as eskers, drumlins, and moraines. Geology of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail also includes detailed trail descriptions that are cross referenced with the science briefs to make it easy to find the geological terms used in the trail descriptions. Whatever your level of experience with hiking or knowledge of glaciers, this book will provide lively, informative, and revealing descriptions for a new understanding of the shape of the land beneath our feet.
Ice Age Trail Companion Guide
Author: Ice Age Park and Trail Foundation
Description: More than 12,000 years ago the last colossal glacier retreated from Wisconsin, leaving behind landforms that represent some of the world's finest examples of how continental glaciation sculpts a landscape. The Ice Age National Scenic Trail highlights these remarkable landforms and the state's abundant scenic beauty. Written for day-, section- and thru-hikers, the Ice Age Trail Companion Guide includes a complete description of the entire thousand-mile Ice Age Trail, including driving directions to all Trail access points, dining, lodging and shopping information for nearby towns. New guide coming out April 2014.
Along Wisconsin's Ice Age Trail
Author: Eric Sherman, Andrew Hanson III, Bart Smith and David Obey
Description: The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is a thousand-mile footpath—entirely within the state of Wisconsin—that courses like a river through a varied landscape. Walk the Ice Age Trail to witness hundreds of crystal lakes, thriving prairies and farmlands, towering white pines and diverse wetlands, ancient Native American effigy mounds, remnant oak savannas, charming villages and cities, and many of the world’s finest examples of the effects of continental glaciation.
More than twelve thousand years ago, an immense flow of glacial ice, as much as two miles deep, sculpted a landscape of remarkable beauty. Geologic features along the trail include kames, kettles, drumlins, ice-walled-lake plains, eskers, tunnel channels, basalt bluffs, dells, and rock-strewn terminal moraines. Here too, is the ancient landscape of the Driftless Area, notably devoid of glacial evidence.
Photographer Bart Smith hiked the Ice Age Trail in four seasons, capturing stunning images for this book. Adding depth to his images are essays by notable and knowledgeable writers, telling us more about the natural history of this remarkable landscape and their personal engagement with it.
Along Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail contains essays by: Mike Dombeck, former chief of the U.S. Forest Service and biologist, UW–Stevens Point; Robert Freckmann, botanist, UW–Stevens Point; Paul G. Hayes, retired journalist for Milwaukee Journal; Randy Hoffman, conservation biologist; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; Ellen Kort, former poet laureate of Wisconsin; David Mickelson, Emeritus Professor, Department of Geology and Geophysics, UW–Madison; and Sarah Mittlefehldt, environmental historian, UW–Madison.