The Ice Age Trail winds through the state of Wisconsin, as it follows the advance of glaciers that formed during the last Ice Age which ended about 12,000 years ago. It traverses through numerous state parks and forests, and across Wisconsin's most famous scenic landscapes. At some sections are still in development, hikers will need to use local roads to connect the trail at those junctions. The overall difficulty rating for this trail is moderate. Terrain varies by section, but is usually not particularly challenging. The forest areas are relatively flat, and the highest point on the trail only hits 1,920 ft (590 m). The trail goes through many small towns, which also eases logistical responsibilities for long distance hikers.