By Cynthia Germain
The Ridges Sanctuary in Bailey’s Harbor boasts unique all-season hikes and offers guided snowshoeing on its trails this winter. The Ridges is named for its distinctive topography of a series of 30 ridges and swales formed by the movement of Lake Michigan over the past 1100 years. Founded in 1937 as Wisconsin’s first land trust to preserve the original 30 acre parcel, it has grown to 1600 acres and considered to be the most biologically diverse ecosystem in Wisconsin. Steve Leonard, the Executive Director, is pleased to provide naturalist-guided snowshoe hikes that cover the cultural and natural history of the ridges and swales and highlight the peace and beauty of the winter woods.
The guided snowshoe hikes are offered on Friday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., weather permitting. There is a small fee for the guided tours with snowshoe rentals available. The Hidden Brook Boardwalk and all Sanctuary trails are available to hiking and snowshoeing enthusiasts alike.