Sunday, October 22, 2006

October snow blogging

It was supposed to be a nice autumn hill walk, a Sunday afternoon in the Wisconsin countryside. This isn't right -- it's Oct. 22 and we got 2.3" of snow overnight (an Oct. 21 record) that mostly stayed on the ground today. Here's how it looked at Lodi Marsh at the start of our ramble along the Ice Age Trail up a 250-foot ridge. Great views from the prairie at the top called Dave's View -- across the marsh past Hawk Hill to the west, almost all the way to Sauk City; on the north, all the way across the Wisconsin River valley to the Baraboo Bluffs.

Lodi Marsh is about 25 miles north of Madison. The trailhead closest to the best views is at the parking lot on Riddle Road south of Lodi. Take State Highway 60 south from Lodi and just out of town turn left on Riddle Road. Continue on the road for two miles. Keep an eye out for avalanches.

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