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Visit Portage by hiking the Mini-Mammoth; stores offering trail specials!

Attention all outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers! October brings the Mammoth Hike Challenge right to your doorstep. Introducing the Mini-Mammoth, an exhilarating opportunity to explore the breathtaking beauty of three vibrant communities, Portage, Baraboo, and Lodi, all within the span of a single month.

The Mini-Mammoth invites participants to embark on an unforgettable journey throughout October, where they can complete the larger Mammoth Hike Challenge right in their own backyard. This condensed version of the iconic event allows hikers to experience the wonders of the Ice Age Trail while exploring the unique offerings of Portage, Baraboo, and Lodi. The Portage Canal Segment of the trail is an accessible, stroller- and pet-friendly, paved walking path.

Registering for the Mammoth Hike Challenge is a breeze. Simply visit to secure your spot and gain access to an adventure of a lifetime. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or a novice explorer, this event is open to individuals of all ages and abilities.

Check out what Portage businesses are offering as part of the Mammoth Challenge – and while you’re in Portage, take in some of our history, too:

1. Neil’s Wine House, 235 W. Pleasant St. – 10% off to all hikers
2. B&B Hitching Post, 2503 W. Wisconsin St. – 10% off to all hikers
3. Canape Sandwiches, 2800 New Pinery Rd. – 15% off to all hikers
4. R. Condon Gallery & Custom Framery, 223 W. Wisconsin St. – 10% off to all
5. Bee Alive Yoga, 230 W. Wisconsin St. – Donation-based class “Ice Age Slow-Flow” with Yogi tea/Cacao to follow on Thursday, October 19 from 7-8pm; donations will go to the Ice Age Trail Alliance. 
6. Portage Center for the Arts, 301 E. Wisconsin St. – Show your Ice Age Mammoth Patch for one free ticket to our Concert Series through April 2024.
7. Main Street Consignment, 13 Main St. – 10% Off to all hikers here in Portage and their store in Baraboo, AmberLuxe Consignment. 
8. Forever Yours Jewelry, 123 W. Cook St. – 25% off all Nature-themed jewelry throughout October.
9. Portage Lumber, 1009 E. Wisconsin St. – 70th Anniversary Event, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 12-15!
10. Portage Craft Mall, 128 W. Cook St. – Ice Age Trail Mammoth Hike Challenge Magnets for $4.
11. Museum at the Portage, 804 MacFarlane Road – Showcasing displays relevant to Portage’s history.
Open Thursday-Saturday, 1pm to 4pm. Free admission.
12. Fort Winnebago Surgeons Quarters, 1824 E. State Hwy 33 – See exhibits and events.
13. Historic Indian Agency House, 1490 Agency House Road – See their exhibits, events and trails.

But that’s not all! The Mini-Mammoth also presents an array of bonus opportunities for those seeking to go the extra mile. From visiting additional Trail Communities to attending Challenge events, volunteering, and sharing your experiences on social media (#mini-mammoth2023), every endeavor earns you bonus miles, making your journey even more rewarding.

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary adventure! Register now for the Mammoth Hike Challenge at and prepare to embark on a journey of discovery, excitement, and natural beauty. Unleash your inner explorer and experience the magic of the Ice Age Trail, right in your backyard!

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marianne Hanson
President & CEO – Portage Area Chamber of Commerce

About Ice Age Trail Alliance:

The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a passionate community of volunteers and outdoor enthusiasts dedicated to preserving and promoting the Ice Age Trail, a 1,200-mile footpath that winds through Wisconsin, showcasing the state’s stunning glacial landscapes. Through trail building, maintenance, and educational initiatives, the Alliance strives to ensure the trail’s preservation for generations to come.

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