Hiking Lodi in winter? Yes, peas
By Steve Hill
Never put off until better weather a hike that’s perfectly wonderful today.
That was my experience for the Lodi Marsh and Eastern Lodi Marsh segments of Wisconsin’s 1,120-mile Ice Age Trail. When planning my next IAT excursion, I frequently deliberate over whether summer’s flowering or fall color increase a segment’s appeal. But this past Saturday, I decided it was simply time to go enjoy the Lodi area despite the chance of a snowstorm.
Along with frequent hiking buddy Chris Sadler, I had walked roughly 12 miles on three segments north from Lodi north to Gibraltar Rock (a beloved overlook) and the Merrimac ferry on the Wisconsin. We agreed it was a favorite hike, in no small part because we enjoyed Lodi so much.
No effort was needed to talk Chris into returning. Lodi has hovered around 3,050 inhabitants for a decade, meaning its small-city charms have not been crowded out by growth despite being part of the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Known for being the home of Susie the Duck, Lodi is a pleasant community in a beautiful setting along Spring Creek in the Lodi Valley. Most of the Eastern Lodi Marsh segment is in the hills above and east of the creek, but the southernmost stretches run near the creek in prairie above the marshes of a state natural area.
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