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Bridges, Blazes, and Buckets Bring Trail Season to an End

November 18, 2019 As the ground underneath the Superior Hiking Trail has frozen over the past few weeks, we’ve received the seasonal signal: it’s time to switch gears from trail work and begin preparing for 2020. In lieu of hibernation, we’re shifting our focus on to planning, prioritizing, and permitting projects to be ready again […]

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Announcing the SHT End-2-Ender Program

October 28, 2019 We are pleased to announce the launch of the Superior Hiking Trail End-2-Ender Program! If you’ve enjoyed every mile of the Trail, this is your chance to be recognized for your significant accomplishments on the Trail. What does end-2-ender mean? Anyone who has hiked, walked, run, or sauntered the entire Superior Hiking […]

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Expert Eyes Evaluate SHT Campsite

October 28, 2019 Last year, the Superior Hiking Trail Association brought in experts to evaluate our Trail and help us make decisions about renewal priorities. Absent from those conversations, however, was an assessment of the SHT’s occasionally less-than-sustainable campsites. With increasing trail use and pressure on our tent pads and latrines, we know it’s time […]

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Water, Water Everywhere, Especially On the SHT

October 23, 2019 The abiding memory SHT users may have of their 2019 experience on the Trail may well be, “Sure was wet and muddy out there.” Indeed. With the record amount of snowfall last winter, some falling well into May, and the near-daily rainfall we’ve had on the North Shore since early September (exaggeration, […]

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Doing It Right: Principles and Design Standards on the SHT

October 23, 2019 (Originally published in the Fall 2019 Ridgeline newsletter) I was new on the job at the SHTA two years ago, trying to get a handle on the best design and construction standards for the Trail that would withstand the increasing pounding, both from feet and from water, expected in the coming decades.  […]

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