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Don’t underestimate the difficulty of Guided Hikes

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Don’t underestimate the difficulty of Guided Hikes

Guided Hike participants 2, May 17, 2014 Jody Nonnemacher

Each year the Superior Hiking Trail Association offers over ten Guided Hikes.  Some are snowshoe hikes, some are short, some are long, some will happen in the rain and some in the heat.  All of them are difficult.

The Superior Hiking Trail is a very rugged footpath. Instead of a smooth trail, there are often rocks and roots. Plus there is significant elevation change. People who are used to walking on sidewalks or even on state park trails are often surprised by the difficulty they encounter on the SHT.

How can you prepare for a Guided Hike?  Here are some tips:

  • Start small.  Not sure if you can handle a 7-mile hike?  Wait until a shorter Guided Hike.  We offer a couple of short Guided Hikes every year. Try out the shortest hike possible to see if this is a good fit for you.
  • Practice hiking on trails, not in town. Although the SHT is more rugged than most state park trails, hitting a state park trail is still better training than walking on a sidewalk.
  • Don’t hike in weather you’ve never hiked in before.  If you wake up and it’s pouring rain, the hike will go on — but if you have no experience hiking in rain, it’s best to sit this one out.
  • For snowshoe hikes, you provide your own snowshoes – beginners are welcome, but please know how to put the snowshoes on prior to the hike.

If you take these tips into consideration, your Guided Hike experience will be safer and more fun for everyone.

Guided Hike participants 2, May 17, 2014 Jody Nonnemacher