I have been doing a bit of maintenance on the site. I filled a gap on the Milwaukee to Door county route. I also added links the pdfs of the Great Lakes History Tours, published in the 1970s. The Lake Superior guide is a full pdf copy (minus the fold-out map) that I found on the Government Printing Office web site. The Lake Michigan pdf includes the route instructions and two city maps. While old, these guides can be a valuable starting point for trip planning. If you use them, please send me a report, so I can update them with current information.
The grand opening of the three bridges park is scheduled for the morning of July 20. There will be a variety of activities, as described in this press release.
Three Bridges is a linear part connection the Hank Aaron Trail (and the Urban Ecology Center) to the Mitchell Park Domes.
The new trail running from Glendale to Brown Deer Park is now paved, although finishing touches need to be applied (this past weekend it needed its final layer of asphalt and landscaping ). This trail follows the route of the former interurban streecar between Milwaukee, Port Washington, and Sheboygan, although it appears that the interurban name will not be used in Milwaukee county unlike in Ozaukee and Sheboygan counties. Instead it will be called the Oak Leaf trail south of Brown Deer Rd and the Brown Deer Trail between Brown Deer Rd and the county line.
This trail will serve as an alternate route between downtown Milwaukee and the Interurban trail system. To follow it, start with the same route along the former C & NW rail-to-trail conversion, and follow that route through Estabrook and Lincoln parks. But rather than continue north along the Milwaukee River Parkway, cross the parkway to the west and follow the trail to the intersection of Villard and Green Bay. Cross Green Bay and continue on the park trail and, once the trail ends, on Villard to 25th. Go north on 25th. The road jogs a bit and changes its name several times, but just keep going north until there is no more road. Pick up the trail and continue north. You can go all the way to Oostberg (with a few well-labelled gaps) before the trail runs out.
Tom Held has an article in the current Milwaukee Magazine describing Milwaukee’s “35 best trails.” These are mainly bike trails, but the list also includes some hiking trails and mountain bike trails.
The section of the Kinnickinnic River Trail between Washington and Maple streets is now open. I have changed the description of the Milwaukee-Chicago route to move this section off of 2nd or 1st street to Water Street and the new trail.
The block of Water Street north of Washington is scheduled for rebuilding next year. Until that happens, it is a bit of an obstacle course with all the tracks crossing at various angles.