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Ely’s Peak Loop: The Triple Crown of SHT Loops

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Ely’s Peak Loop: The Triple Crown of SHT Loops

We’re excited to report the new loop trail at Ely’s Peak is ready for you to enjoy! The third in our “Triple Crown of SHT Loops” in Duluth features panoramic vistas, exposed rock faces, and much more for you to explore.

Catch beautiful sunsets from the new loop section. Photo courtesy of Sam Bruggeman at Trailfitters.

This project was led by SHTA trail renewal consultant Larry Sampson, but featured quite a few great partners and volunteers to see it through.

In addition to Larry’s efforts, we want to thank the many volunteers on the project. A total of 418 hours were contributed by: Larry Scanlon, Chris Mrozinski, John Gellatly, Steve Coz, Shaun Lynch, Ralph Brindle, Nancy Dahl, Dalton Shettler, Vince Carlson, Mike Joseph, Carol Geizler, Bill Dryborough, Brian Johnson, Brenda Anderson, Steve Kokotovich, Paige Reeves, Josh Stangle, Mike Casey, Ryan Saladin, Adrienne Dinneen, Charity McGaughey, Tom Bergum, Rubin Stenseng, Sue Wilmes, and Tracy Gellatly. Greg Victrelli, working with the Duluth Work Force Center, also contributed 68 hours and the Harbor City International School group — Anja Morris (teacher), Grace Clennon, Jason Teschner, Kiarra Schmitz, Gage Hill, Noah Peters Joe Bussey, Connor Garvey, Arden Eades, Ellis Wilson, and Zoe Jones — contributed another 96 hours.

Over 725 hours of field work has gone into this project — it was a big undertaking! Thank you to each and every one of you for your dedication to the Superior Hiking Trail!

Map signs will soon be posted along the loop to help you find your way.

 

Take your pick: head up the new loop or take the main trail from the junction with the Munger State Trail.

 

A special thanks to the City of Duluth Parks & Recreation department for partnering with us to continue to improve our Trail’s offerings in the Duluth area. Work on this new section of trail was funded through the City of Duluth’s St. Louis River Corridor Initiative and a match from SHTA. The St. Louis River Corridor Initiative invests in public park and trail improvements from Lincoln Park to the Fond du Lac neighborhood. These initiative projects have already benefited the SHT by helping to create the other Triple Crown Loops at Brewer Park and Spirit Mountain in Duluth. Initiative projects are funded in part by $18 million in bonds, collected through the ½ and ½ tourism tax approved by the Minnesota Legislature in 2014. These funds leverage additional dollars through community partnerships and grants.

A celebration at Hoops Brewing in August helped fund work on the new loop. Thanks to everyone who joined us!

 

We hope you enjoy this wonderful new section of the SHT! You can support our work to build, maintain, and renew the SHT by becoming a member or donating today.