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

Updated May 18, 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. 

As of May 18, 2020, our recommendation to SHT users is to Hike Responsibly: recreate close to home, practice social distancing on the Trail, and stay home if you’re sick. Some SHT campsites have been opened up, but some restrictions still apply. For a full list of which SHT campsites are open and which remain closed, read our most recent update.

We also ask all volunteers to refrain from any regularly-scheduled spring maintenance until at least June 1, 2020. This recommendation is for the health of our volunteers, the safety of our communities, and is out of respect for our land-managing partners’ policies.

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. If travel restrictions or guidance to take shelter at home are put in place, please follow them. 
  • Remain calm — large leaf aster, nature’s TP, will soon be back in season! 

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

SHTA COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020

April 29, 2020: National Trails Day Weekend Hikes Postponed:

Unfortunately, all of our hikes and gatherings planned for National Trails Day Weekend — June 5-7, 2020 — have been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Our priority right now is to take all necessary precautions to protect the health of our volunteer hike leaders, participants, and the SHT community at-large. Beyond our own concerns, permits for our hikes in Duluth were recently revoked by the city. We hope to be able to reschedule these hikes later this fall.

Moving forward, we will watch for guidance from public health officials on gatherings and outdoor activities. We anticipate there will be changes to the rest of our planned guided hikes this year to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and we’ll follow up with more information once it is available.

If you plan to join us for any guided hikes later this year, please pre-register so that we can share updates with you directly. You can at pre-register for all 2020 Guided Hikes at: forms.gle/DuHP5SQ1t2vE3n728

SHTA COVID-19 Update: April 17, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: March 27, 2020

SHTA COVID-19 Update: March 17, 2020

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