Hot Spot

Hixon Forest | Sept. 16-20, 2021

La Crosse, WI

Hixon Forest is made up of criss-crossing multi-use trails on the eastern edge of La Crosse, Wisconsin. Trails in Hixon Forest offer access to the popular Grandad Bluff Park and associated stunning views of the Mississippi, as well as four other designated vistas. With hiking and biking both allowed in the forest, this has lead to some user conflicts as well as various trail impacts, invasive species considerations, pet management issues and litter impacts. For the Hot Spot activation, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Team will be at Hixon Forest leading a variety of workshops, outreach programs and community events, including opportunities for community involvement.

*Hixon Forest is located on the ancestral lands of the Očeti Šakówiŋ (Sioux), Ho-Chunk (Winnebago), Sauk and Meskwaki and possibly other tribes*

Opportunities to Get Involved

Friday, September 17

Interpretive Walk with Outdoor Recreation Alliance & Leave No Trace
Time: 9am – 11am
Where: Miller Bluff

Join ORA Trails and Leave No Trace for a walking tour and interactive discussion on the responsible and sustainable use of trails and trail interactions. Limited to 15 people. Learn more and register.

Saturday, September 18

Enjoying the Outdoors Responsibly – Family Hands-On Activity Day with WisCorps & Leave No Trace
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Where: Myrick Park Center, 789 Myrick Park Drive, La Crosse WI

Join WisCorps and Leave No Trace for a morning filled with fun and learning! Together we’ll explore how we can minimize our impacts, protect nature all around us, and enjoy outdoor spaces responsibly. Limited to 50 participants. Learn more and register. 


Take a Hike with Land Management in Mind
Time: 4:30pm – 7pm
Where: Lower Hixon Parking Lot (800 Milson Court, La Crosse WI)

If you have ever hiked the woods or walked a prairie and wondered how land owners or land managers would sustainably utilize an area, then come walk from the Lower Hixon Forest to Lookout Prairie to ask your questions and talk about the management options for: invasive species, timber stand improvements, timber harvesting, savanna restoration, prescribed burning, seed collecting, mushroom cultivation and more. Limited to 15 people. Learn more and register.


COVID-19 Updates: All participants are asked to follow CDC guidelines and state and local requirements regarding Covid precautions. See the following links for more information:

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