January & February had very little snow in the Milwaukee area, but PLENTY of cold temperatures. The photos on this page show that there are a lot of hearty winter hikers among the WGHC membership!
4-JAN-03 Kenosha Hike
A big crowd turned out for a beautiful winter hike along Lake Michigan on the Pike Bike Trail. We went past a lighthouse or two, made a brief stop at an interesting museum, and rode the electric streetcar ride in downtown Kenosha. The group split up to sample a variety of lunch spots and then regrouped to head back to Pennoyer Park. The temperatures weren't bad, ranging from upper 20s to low 30s.
19-JAN-03 Horicon Hike
It was a colder and much windier day when a smaller group tackled Horicon Marsh. It was especially brutal out on the dikes in the open marsh areas. Water was freezing in the water bottles, but we managed to munch a cold lunch in a more protected wooded area. Not surprisingly, several members headed out for a hot coffee stop after the hike!
15-FEB-03 Merton Hike
It was a snowy, blowy day when a good-sized group hiked in the Merton area. We walked on a newer trail section, doubled back to hike along the Merton Mill Pond and then circled back along the Bugline Bike Trail.
16-FEB-03 Retzer Nature Center Hike
It was a nice sunny day for hiking at Retzer. We looped back and forth, and up and down, throughout this Waukesha park.