The Northwoods Chapter of the Ice Age Trail Alliance will host a guided snowshoe hike in the Underdown area of the Lincoln County Forest Saturday, Feb. 5, starting at 10 a.m.

Attendees should meet at the Underdown Recreation parking lot on Copper Lake Road.

The hike will offer a firsthand view of the landscape created by the Great Wisconsin Glacier about 10,000 years ago, according to one of the snowshoe organizers, adding that a UW geology and geophysics professor described the Underdown as a “world class hummocky feature” of glacial topography.

“In simpler terms, the area has swamps, lakes, bogs and hills,” the organizer said.

The snowshoe trail layout and design was created by chapter member Chris Schotz, who said the trail is well-marked and packed.

Hikers can choose one- to four-hour adventures depending on ability, experience and endurance. This trail is considered “moderately difficult.”

Attendees should take along their own snowshoes and water, and wear weather-appropriate clothing.

Hot cider, hot chocolate, cookies and a fire will be waiting at the end of the hike. There is no charge for the event, but donations to the Northwoods Chapter will be accepted.

For more information, contact Ruby Jaecks at (715) 551-1118 or

To get to the Underdown area from Rhinelander, take Highway 17 South then turn right on Highway J at Bloomville. Turn left on Copper Lake Road to Underdown parking lot. There will be Ice Age Trail signs to follow.