Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Friends Shelter is looking good.

Lots of work going on inside.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

For those concerned about the expansion of hunting and trapping that will take place in WI State Parks and trails after the first of the year, during the period of Oct 15 to just before Memorial Day on an annual basis, the deadline to provide comments to the DNR is November 23.  DNRWisconsinParks@wisconsin.gov

Here is a link to an article by Tom Held on the law. Tom Held article




Monday, October 8, 2012


 Roofing and stonework have begun.

                           The Friend's Shelter

Friday, September 21, 2012

We're starting to get walls on the Friends' Shelter

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Friend's Shelter is taking shape.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The building of the Friends' shelter is moving right along.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Shelter Progress

It's starting to take shape.

Saturday, August 25, 2012



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Progress on the shelter

The floor has been poured.

The phone and electric cables are being buried.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

 The official groundbreaking ceremony for our shelter was held on Wednesday, July 18.


Meanwhile, progress continues....

The plumbing has been roughed in.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Progress on the Friends' Shelter

Fink's Excavating will finish backfilling this week.

Jerry, John and Diane proudly display the sign that will be put up at the construction site.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Progress on the Friends' Shelter
We are continuing to make good progress.   The forms were stripped away today and the insulation was placed against the exterior foundation.  The short pillars are for the exterior columns at the covered entrance.   If you look closely you can also see the green sleeve where the plumbing will pass through the wall between the lobby and the hall on its way out to the pump tank which will be at the west end of the building.

The silt fence has been installed and the location for the transformer (northwest edge of the site) has been identified by Alliant.

Progress on the Friends' Shelter
 The foundation has been poured.   It will need to cure for several weeks before the backfill.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Progress on the Friends' Shelter
The footings have been poured.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

The Friends are excited to announce that the shelter building construction has begun!

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Horribly Hilly Hundreds Bike Ride on June 16 was well attended by about a thousand enthusiastic bicyclists.  This event is our largest fund raiser of the year and always fills up.  Thanks  to our ride director Shelby Retzlaff and the work of many dedicated volunteers the day was a great success.  The weather also cooperated!

Click here to see some photos taken at the County K rest stop 2012 Horribly Hilly Hundreds

Friday, June 15, 2012

We had our ninth annual Blue Mound Trail Run on Saturday, June 2nd.  The many wonderful volunteers, beautiful weather and eager runners combined to make the event a great success.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Be sure to check out all the fun programs our volunteer park naturalist, Al Swain, has scheduled for this season.  2012 Interpretive Schedule
(Note: there will be no Friday programs for June 1, 8, 22 and 29.) 

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Blue Mound Trail Run

Saturday, June 2, 2012  18K or 9K

The Blue Mound is as good as it gets for trail running in the Midwest.  The  long event is a significant accomplishment with singletrack sections, switchback climbs and quad quivering descents.  The shorter run will also get you to the top of the Mound with a sampling of many of the same trail running challenges. Your efforts will be rewarded with wholesome food and drink at the finish.  Come and join us and the other wonderful  participants of this event.

For more information and to register visit our trail run website www.wisconsintrailruns.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Snowshoe Rendezvous

The 2012 Snowshoe Rendezvous was lightly attended due to cancelling and uncancelling and a not really great weather forecast.  It was cold and windy at Brigham Park but once on the trails, it was quite pleasant.  All who attended had a good time. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Snowshoe Hiking Adventures For All
This is a non-competitive event with several different levels of difficulty. We will traverse the wooded and open areas of the beautiful Blue Mounds area. The longer routes will include some interesting ups and downs and trail blazing if conditions permit; expect a challenge if snow conditions are good. We'll see animal tracks and perhaps a winter creature or two.
Location    Meet at Brigham County Park, 3160 County Hwy F, Blue Mounds, WI—about 20 miles west of Madison. Admission to park is free.
Schedule  Meet at 10 AM. After the snowshoe trek we will have cookies, hot drinks and socializing around a campfire. Bring lunch if you like.
Equipment   We will not be able to provide snowshoes. Please bring your own or arrange your own rental. Rentals available in Madison at REI (608-833-6680 ) or Fontana Sports (608-257-5043) or Rutabaga (608-223-9300). Dress in layers for changing conditions and exertion.
Donations appreciated.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fall Run

Our fall trail run fundraiser at Black Hawk Ridge was a great success in spite of a poor weather forecast.  A little rain fell but the runners' spirits were not dampened.  
The wonderful volunteers are what make the event so great! 

And the food! 

Monday, March 5, 2012

Horribly Hilly Hundreds

On June 18th the Horribly Hilly Hundreds challenging bike event, our major fundraiser of the year, had good weather, lots of enthusiastic participants, and many dedicated volunteers.