Appalachian National Scenic Trail

Hiking Wisconsin's 'Thousand-Miler' Ice Age Trail

Hiking Wisconsin's 'Thousand-Miler' Ice Age Trail

Chances are you've heard of the Appalachian Trail, the hiking path that runs 2,179 miles (3,507 kilometers) from Georgia to Maine. You may also be familiar with the Pacific Crest Trail, a 2,650-mile (4,265-kilometer) route from California to Canada.

But Melanie Radzicki McManus hopes to bring more attention to that route with a new book, "Thousand-Miler." McManus, 55, set women's records for fastest-known times on the Ice Age Trail, completing it in 36 days in 2013 and 34 days in 2015.

Her book, just out from the Wisconsin Society Historical Press, documents the challenges that she and others faced hiking the Ice Age Trail — from getting lost to blisters, injuries,...