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We sat down with Emily Ford, recent Ice Age Trail finisher! Emily is the first woman, and second person to thru-hike the Ice Age Trail in winter! The 1200-mile journey took Emily just under 70 days to complete with her hiking companion, Diggins, a 3-year-old Alaskan Husky.  

Emily started her Ice Age Trail journey December 28, 2020 at Potawatomi State Park. The weather stayed mild in January until sub-zero temperatures hit in February along with pop up snow storms. The Duluth, MN native was used to the inconsistent winter weather and was able to finish the trail by March 6.

I asked Emily what her favorite memory was from her journey through Sturgeon Bay. She said that she stopped at a local store on her way out of town to purchase a new coffee thermos since she mistakenly left hers at home. It lasted her the entire trip and it’s one of her most treasured items from the trail. How cool?!

Sturgeon Bay is the home of the Eastern Terminus of the Ice Age Trail, meaning that your Ice Age Trail thru-hike journey either begins or ends in Sturgeon Bay. For more information on the Sturgeon Bay segment of the Ice Age Trail, click here.

To learn more about the Ice Age Trail and how you can help thru-hikers like Emily, please click here for more information.