Wisconsin Candlelight Ski and Hike Events Coming Up

Enjoy an evening hike, snowshoe, or ski along a trail lit by the
flickering flames of candles or tiki torches.

Here is a listing of events in January and February, 2011.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds, (608) 437-5711. Candlelight
Ski, Hike, and Snowshoe. Ski one and two mile lighted loops.
Separate lighted trail for hikers, snowshoers, and leashed pets.
Bonfire, straw bale warming shelter, free hot drinks and
marshmallows for roasting. Hot food, baked goods, and commemorative
shirts for sale. Sponsored by the Friends of Blue Mound State Park.
6-9 p.m.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, (262) 285-3015 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski and Hike. Join the Friends of Harrington Beach and
park staff to enjoy the park at night. Put on your skis to
experience quarry lake by tiki torch or grab your hiking boots for
a stroll. Refreshments available along with a roaring bonfire. Meet
at the Welcome Center. 6-9 p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, (262)
626-2116 – Nordic Heaven Winter Fest. Join the Northern Kettle
Moraine Nordic Ski Club for a day of winter fun. There will be free
cross-country ski lessons, a waxing clinic, and snowshoe tours. The
kids can also enjoy snow games and the sledding hill. Bring in your
old snowshoes or skis to swap or sell. Fun, food, and music for
all. Stay past sunset and ski the new 1.2-mile lighted trail. Meet
at the Greenbush Group Camp warming shelter. Event begins at 11
a.m.

Lapham Peak Unit – Kettle Moraine State Forest, Delafield, (262)
646-3025 or e-mail – Candlelight Ski and Hike. Ski or hike on a
1-mile candlelit course with a bonfire, heated shelter, ice
skating, and refreshments. Vehicle admission is required. Ski
rental is available at the Evergreen Grove picnic area. Sponsored
by the Friends of Lapham Peak [exit DNR]. Homestead Hollow. 6-9
p.m.

Mirror Lake State Park, Baraboo, (608) 254-2333 – Candlelight Ski,
Hike and Snowshoe. Please Note that the date for this event is one
week later than the usual date due to the New Years Holiday. Event
sponsored by the Friends of Mirror Lake State Park. Two trails will
be lit by torches. One trail is an easy 0.8-mile trail that will be
available for everyone to use. The other trail is an easy 1-mile
trail for classical skiing. The Friends will have a couple of
roaring bonfires to warm up by, and will also have food, drinks and
goodies for sale. Meet at the Beach Picnic area for a wonderful
evening! 6-8 p.m.

Wildcat Mountain State Park, Ontario, (608) 337-4775 or e-mail –
Torchlight Ski. Enjoy cross-country skiing and night sky viewing.
You can ski or hike a gentle 1.5-mile trail through the woods as
100 torches light the way. There will be a bonfire at the beginning
and one at the half-way point. A grill will be provided for
cooking. There will be a indoor warming area along with hot
chocolate and snacks. Meet at the trailhead and indoor warming area
located near the park office. Event begins at dusk and goes until 9
p.m.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area, New Auburn, (715) 967-2800
or e-mail – Moonlight Snowshoe. Join Naturalist Rod Gont on 1-hour
(2-hour option available) snowshoe hikes by moonlight, starting at
the Visitor Center. Over 40 pairs of snowshoes for all ages will be
available for those without them (please call ahead to reserve, no
charge, donation accepted). The Visitor Center will be open, we’ll
have a fire going in the fireplace with hot cocoa available and two
outside fires as well. If the turnout is large, a separate hike
will also be led for the first hour. All ages are invited! A
program about snowshoes will be presented at 6:30 p.m. The event
goes regardless of weather. 7 p.m.

Governor Dodge State Park, Dodgeville, (608) 935-2315 – 12th Annual
Candlelight Ski/Hike/Snowshoe. Walk or ski a trail lit with glowing
candlelight. Warm up by the bonfire after enjoying the trail.
Limited snacks and hot drinks will be available for sale. Weather
and snow conditions determine the trail location. Didn’t receive a
park sticker for Christmas? Here’s your chance to purchase one
early and enjoy a year’s worth of Wisconsin State Park memories.
Meet at the Cox Hollow Beach area. Sponsored by the Friends of
Governor Dodge State Park. 6-9 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, (920) 451-4080 or e-mail –
Winter Candlelight Hike and Ski. Enjoy the winter wonderland at
night with family and friends while skiing or hiking the two-mile
cross-country trail. Almost 200 tiki torches will light the way for
this annual event. Warm up afterwards by the fireplace.
Refreshments will be available in the heated shelter building.
Please, no pets, snowshoes or sleds allowed on the trail. Free
Program. Vehicle admission sticker is required. Cross-country ski
trail – stop at park office for map. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Southern Unit, Eagle, (262) 594-6200 or
e-mail – Candlelight Ski and Hike. Ski or hike the 1.6-mile purple
loop through the woods illuminated by 450 candles! No hills-no
spills! The Nordic Trail is on Highway County H, about 3 miles
south of Palmyra and 1.5 miles north of LaGrange. Ski Rental is
available in LaGrange Store which donates $2 per rental for next
year’s event. Hot beverages and food will be available for sale in
the heated shelter. A bonfire and charcoal will also be available
to bring your marshmallows and food you would like to cook. Dogs
are allowed on ski trail – at this event only. No skate skiing or
skijoring. Vehicle admission sticker is required. Meet at the
Nordic Trailhead. 6-9 p.m.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lake Wissota State Park, Chippewa Falls, (715) 382-4574 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski/Snowshoe. Lighted ski, snowshoe, walking trails.
Refreshments are available. Call (715) 967-2800 to reserve a pair
of snowshoes. Sponsored by the Friends of Lake Wissota State Park.
5-8 p.m.

Point Beach State Forest, Two Rivers, (920) 794-7480 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski/Hike. Enjoy nature at its best! Join the Friends of
Point Beach State Forest for our cross-country ski and hiking
event. We will have a 1-mile candlelit trail through the pine and
hemlock forest. Afterwards,cozy up to a blazing fire in our
historic lodge building. Food, refreshment and entertainment will
be available. Sponsored by the Friends of Point Beach. 5-9
p.m.

Whitefish Dunes State Park, Jacksonport, (920) 823-2400 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski. Snow covered trails and the soft swish of skis
combined with candle-light describes the scene at Whitefish Dunes
State Park’s annual candlelight ski. Join the Friends of Whitefish
Dunes [exit DNR] for a night of skiing and fun. The picnic shelter
will be open and the fireplace lit. Hot beverages and cookies will
be provided. A candlelight hike will replace the ski if there is
not enough snow. Meet at the picnic shelter building. 6-9
p.m.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Big Foot Beach State Park, Lake Geneva, (262) 248-2528 or e-mail –
Candlelight Hike. Join the Friends of Big Foot Beach State Park for
a night time hike through the woods. Luminaries will light your way
as you follow the Orange Trail (0.8 miles) through the pines. There
will be two campfires to enjoy – one along the trail, and one at
near the base of the sledding hill. Hot chocolate and treats will
be available for a small donation to the Friends Group. For more
information, visit the Friends of Big Foot Beach website [exit
DNR]. Meet at the maintenance shop parking lot off of South Wells
Street. 6-8 p.m.

Black River State Forest, Black River Falls, (715) 284-4103 –
Candlelight Ski. Ski a luminary-lit 1.5-mile trail. Refreshments
and hot dogs will be available, along with a raffle and bonfire.
This event is sponsored by the Black River Forest Trail Foundation.
a nonprofit group that raises funds for the betterment of the hike,
bike, and ski trail system. Smrekar Warming Shelter. 6 to 9
p.m.

Blue Mound State Park, Blue Mounds, (608) 437-5711 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski, Hike, and Snowshoe. Ski one and two mile lighted
loops. Separate lighted trail for hikers, snowshoers, and leashed
pets. Bonfire, straw bale warming shelter, free hot drinks and
marshmallows for roasting. Hot food, baked goods, and commemorative
shirts for sale. Sponsored by the Friends of Blue Mound State Park.
6-9 p.m.

Harrington Beach State Park, Belgium, (262) 285-3015 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski and Hike. Join the Friends of Harrington Beach and
park staff to enjoy the park at night. Put on your skis to
experience quarry lake by tiki torch or grab your hiking boots for
a stroll. Refreshments available along with a roaring bonfire. Meet
at the Welcome Center. 6-9 p.m.

High Cliff State Park, Sherwood, (920) 989-1106 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski/Hike. Bring on the snow! The Forest Management
trail is torch-lit for skiers and hikers alike. Stop by the bonfire
to warm up along the trail and visit the Friends of High Cliff
concessions booth for some hot beverages and snacks. A state park
vehicle admission sticker is required. Sponsored by the Friends of
High Cliff. Meet at the Forest Management Trail. 5:30 – 8:30
p.m.

Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit, Campbellsport, (262)
626-2116 or e-mail – Candlelight Ski/Hike. Sponsored by the Friends
of the Kettle Moraine Northern Unit, the event will take place on
the 1.2-mile Zillmer Brown trail off County Highway SS just west of
County Highway G. This trail, lit by hundreds of luminaries, is
rated “easy” and suitable for all skill levels. For this event
only, hikers, snowshoers, and 4-legged friends on leashes are
welcome. Afterwards, join us at the bonfire for warm cider and
other refreshments. Meet at the Zillmer Trailhead. 5:30-8:30
p.m.

Mirror Lake State Park, Baraboo, (608) 254-2333 – Candlelight Ski,
Hike and Snowshoe. Sponsored by the Friends of Mirror Lake State
Park. Two trails will be lit by torches. One trail is an easy 0.8
mile trail that will be available for everyone to use. The other
trail is an easy 1-mile trail for classical skiing. The Friends
will have a couple of roaring bonfires to warm up by, and will also
have food, drinks and goodies for sale. Meet at the Beach Picnic
area for a wonderful evening! 6-8 p.m.

Peninsula State Park, Fish Creek, (920) 868-3258 – Candlelight
Ski/Hike. Ski or hike an easy 1-mile candlelit trail groomed
through the woods. Bonfire and refreshments at the warming shelter.
Sorry, no pets on trails. Meet at Lot 5 Highland Road for the ski
event. Event will be cancelled if weather is severe. A park vehicle
admission sticker is required. 5:30 – 8 p.m.

Wyalusing State Park, Prairie du Chien, (608) 996-2261 – Ground Hog
Daze and Night Hike. This event will celebrate the legend of the
ground hog, featuring a program on the animal itself, a winter
hike, and a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the Wisconsin
Ridge Campground. The festivities will conclude with a tiki torch
night hike through the Wisconsin Ridge Campground. The Peterson
Shelter and Nature Center will be the central location for all of
the activities. The Nature Center is totally enclosed and there
will be a roaring fire in the fireplace insert. We will also have
warming fires in the Peterson Shelter fireplaces. Refreshments will
be available. Come join the Friends of Wyalusing as we try to shake
“cabin fever” and anticipate the arrival of spring just six weeks
away, unless the elusive ground hog sees his shadow and scurries
back into his burrow. Events begin at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Chippewa Moraine State Recreation Area, New Auburn, (715) 967-2800
or e-mail – Moonlight Snowshoe. Join Naturalist Rod Gont on 1-hour
(2-hour option available) snowshoe hikes by moonlight, starting at
the Visitor Center. Over 40 pairs of snowshoes for all ages will be
available for those without them (please call ahead to reserve, no
charge, donation accepted). The Visitor Center will be open, we’ll
have a fire going in the fireplace with hot cocoa available and two
outside fires as well. If the turnout is large, a separate hike
will also be led for the first hour. All ages are invited! A
program about snowshoes will be presented at 6:30 p.m. The event
goes regardless of weather. 7 p.m.

Kohler-Andrae State Park, Sheboygan, (920) 451-4080 or e-mail –
Valentine Candlelight Ski and Hike. Celebrate Valentines Day a bit
early while enjoying the winter wonderland at night with family and
friends. Ski or hike the 2-mile cross-country trail lit by almost
200 tiki torches. Warm up afterwards by the fireplace. Refreshments
will be available in the heated shelter building. Please, no pets,
snowshoes or sleds allowed. Free Program. Vehicle admission sticker
is required. Cross-country ski trail – stop at park office for map.
6-9 p.m.

Newport State Park, Ellison Bay, (920) 854-2500 or e-mail – 20th
Annual Candlelight Event. Ski, hike, or snowshoe a 1-mile trail lit
by homemade candles. Bonfire, refreshments and lit grills will
greet participants at the end of the trail. Experience Newport
State Park in a different light. Picnic area parking lot #3.
Fern/Europe Bay Trail. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Peshtigo River State Forest, Crivitz, (715) 757-3965 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski and Hike. The event will be at the Spring Rapids
trailhead, 5 miles west from Crivitz on County Highway W to Kirby
Lake Lane. Skiers will be able to ski on an easy 2-mile candlelit
trail that offers both classical and skating styles. Non-skiers can
try an easy 1-mile candlelit hike along the Peshtigo River. Warming
fires and hot chocolate will be available for everyone. This event
is free. Meet at the Spring Rapids Trailhead. 6:30 – 8:30
p.m.

Pike Lake Unit – Kettle Moraine State Forest, Hartford, (262)
670-3400 – Candlelight Ski/Hike. About 300 luminaries will light
two 0.75-mile trail loops for an evening of hiking or skiing.
Skiers and hikers share the trails. A roaring bonfire will warm the
night and refreshments will be served in the shelter. Members of
the Northern Cross Science Foundation will be on hand with their
telescopes to guide visitors through the night sky. This event is
supported by the Friends of Pike Lake. Meet at the south shelter in
the beach/picnic area. 6-9 p.m.

Rib Mountain State Park, Wausau, (715) 842-2522 or e-mail –
Candlelight Snowshoe Hike. Sponsored by the Friends of Rib Mountain
State Park. Snowshoe rentals available for a nominal fee.
Refreshments will also be available. Meet at the concession stand.
6-8 p.m.

Willow River State Park, Hudson, (715) 386-5931 – Candlelight Ski
and Hike. Join us for the return of the annual candlelight ski at
Willow River. The Nature Center will be open with refreshments on
the classroom side, and a campfire behind the Center. 6 – 9
p.m.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Governor Thompson State Park, Crivitz, (715) 757-3979 or e-mail –
Candlelight Ski and Hike. Enjoy an evening of luminaries lighting a
1-mile trail groomed for both diagonal striding and skate skiing as
it weaves through the woods. Non-skiers are welcome to hike on
another candlelit 1-mile trail with scenic views of Woods Lake.
Hikers and pets are not allowed on the ski trail, but are welcome
on the hiking trail. Warming fires and hot chocolate available at
the shelter building. A vehicle admission sticker is required and
can be purchased at the park office. Woods Lake Picnic Area. 6-9
p.m.

 

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