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COVID-19 and the SHT: What you need to know

Updated September 1, 2020

As we respond to the evolving health concerns related to the COVID-19/Coronavirus global pandemic, our priority is the health and well-being of our trail users, volunteers, staff, and the broader Superior Hiking Trail community. 

Our staff and board are paying close attention to the information and guidance related to COVID-19/coronavirus provided by the World Health OrganizationCenters for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Minnesota Department of Health. We will continue to monitor these resources for updates in order to develop plans and policies to preserve the health of our trail community and prevent the spread of the virus. 

Our recommendation to SHT users is to #RecreateResponsibly. We’re asking YOU to help us make sure the SHT remains a safe and pleasant venue for outdoor adventure this fall. Whether you’re backpacking for days, running for miles, or walking for pleasure, being mindful of your own impact and practicing kindness to your fellow trail users are both key to keeping the Trail a welcoming space. 

Here are a few tips to help ensure everyone has a Superior experience on the Trail:

  • Stay home if you’re sick. We must do our best to keep our trail community healthy and prevent the spread of the coronavirus
  • Practice social distancing on the SHT, especially on narrow sections. Step aside to allow space as other users pass by, and keep your distance while sharing campsites.   
  • Avoid hiking or camping in groups larger than 10 people
  • Use good judgment and be good stewards of the Trail. Recreating responsibly and practicing Leave No Trace will ensure the Trail remains in good shape for all to enjoy. 
  • Take part in the SHT Summit Challenge to explore lesser-known, but still excellent destinations along the Trail.
  • Check the Trail Conditions page before you go. We strive to keep this page updated with important information. 

For the foreseeable future, we ask that you stay safe, sane, and sanitized — and do what you can to prevent the spread of the virus in our trail community and in the many communities along our Trail. 

  • If you are sick with any illness stay home. If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19/Coronavirus and have had contact with our staff or volunteers, please notify us at [email protected].
  • Avoid large gatherings and events, and practice good hygiene and social distancing. (We know trail users are experts at social distancing — keep it up!)
  • Follow the guidance of public health authorities and share best practices with others in our community.

As always, please check Trail Conditions before you go and practice common courtesy and Leave No Trace while you’re on the Trail. A friendly reminder: keep your dogs on-leash and under control at all times. 

Recent Updates from SHTA

Recreate Responsibly on the SHT This Fall: September 1, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: April 17, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

All 2020 Guided Hikes have been cancelled due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Several factors have led us to our decision to cancel these hikes. First and foremost, we aim to protect the health of all trail users, event participants, volunteer hike leaders, and the trail community at-large. Recent spikes in coronavirus cases near the Trail and in our state are deeply concerning, and we do not believe it is safe to go forward with our hikes.

Additionally, our partners at the North Country Trail Association have discouraged group hike events for now. And land managers along the Trail, such as the US Forest Service and the City of Duluth, have wisely put restrictions in place for any group events, including outdoor gatherings on trails.

While there will not be any hikes put on by the SHTA this year, our 2020 Summit Challenge offers several destinations to explore new places on the SHT at your own leisure. We hope that you continue to get out on the Trail and use your good judgement to keep yourself and others safe.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]

Helpful COVID-19 Resources and Updates from partner agencies

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Duluth Parks and Recreation

US Forest Service

Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics

American Hiking Society

NOLS