Great Eastern Trail
Ice Age Trail
- The Ice Age Trail and the GET have much more in common than I would have guessed. Most importantly, with both trails, were the people. I feel like each trail I hike brings wonderful lifelong friends into my life, and the IAT was no exception.
- These trails are also both lonely. While Devils Lake (IAT) may always be comparatively crowded and the Thousand Steps (GET) is a popular dayhike, neither of these trails boast many long-distance hikers. I met 4 on the Ice Age Trail.
- Easy resupply due to frequent town visits - just one section on each trail that is dicey for resupply
- Challenging camping situations at times due to private land or public land where camping is not allowed
- Maps are a necessity - neither the GET nor the IAT is fully blazed (this mostly applies to connecting roadwalks but there are wooded sections that are unblazed or underblazed
- Both trails have an element of choose-your-own-adventure, as the connecting roadwalks are often unofficial and you can link the trail together by foot as you like.
- Both trails have a bifurcation! East or west, which will you choose?
- They have similar ideal seasons for hiking: spring or autumn are your best bets to avoid ticks, heat, and mosquitoes.
- Both are routed through a large city (Chattanooga for the GET, Janesville & Madison for the IAT)