Annual Parade of Colors Fall Hike, Sat. Oct 4

Hikers rest after Fall Colors Hike at Chippewa Moraine, enjoying sun at Obey Interpretive Center

Our annual Fall Color Hike, the Parade of Colors Hike on the Ice Age Trail, steps off at 9 AM on Saturday, October 4 at the Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Reserve near New Auburn. Don’t miss this annual highlight of the trail year.

Whether it’s your first or fiftieth walk on the Ice Age Trail, the experience is always rewarding, but never more so than on a colorful fall morning. The wet year has rewarded hikers with bigger ponds, flowing streams, and a bumper crop of colorful mushrooms. 

Walkers may register anytime between 9 and 11 a.m. at the Obey Interpretive Center at the Chippewa Moraine, located 7 miles east of New Auburn on County Hwy. M, (1.9 miles east of Hwy. 40). 

Local Ice Age Trail chapter volunteers will provide trail information, shuttle services, and refreshments. There is no charge for the event; donations are welcome.

After registering, walkers will be driven to the starting point of their choice to enable hikes of various lengths from 1 to 6 miles. The 6 mile route passes 21 sparkling glacial lakes on the way to the Interpretive Center. 

Afterwards, enjoy snacks and tour the Interpretive Center, with its exhibits and a variety of activities for children, or explore more on your own.

The Parade of Colors is a great opportunity to experience the trail with confidence; local volunteers assist hikers with questions and concerns, and drive them to an appropriate starting point based on their experience and interests. It’s also a great adventure for families or small groups.

The Ice Age National Scenic Trail is one of only eleven national scenic trails in the U.S. The local Chippewa Moraine segment is one part of this national trail that follows the terminal moraine of the last glacier for over 1000 miles from the St. Croix River to the shores of Green Bay.

The Ice Age Trail Alliance sponsors the annual event to celebrate, enjoy, and increase awareness of the Ice Age Trail. Local members and volunteers help build, maintain, and promote the trail.

For more information, go to, or contact Richard Smith, 715 967-2164 or

More information on the Ice Age Trail and the Ice Age Trail Alliance can be explored on the Ice Age Trail Alliance web site,