SHT: A 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spot
The Superior Hiking Trail Association is excited to announce that the SHT has been chosen as a 2018 Leave No Trace Hot Spot! In September, we’ll be welcoming Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers to help us learn how to lessen our impact upon the land, water, and Trail itself. Stay tuned for dates and locations for these great events!
SHTA is a proud partner of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Below you’ll read the seven Leave No Trace principles (in bold). Below each principle, we’ve suggested how you can observe that principle on the SHT. Together we can preserve the Trail and the environment surrounding it.
Plan ahead and prepare.
- Choose a section appropriate for your skill level.
- Carry at least a map or a guidebook of the section of trail you’re going to explore. You can purchase our Guide to the Superior Hiking Trail and our map set here.
- Research the gear and supplies necessary to have a safe trip – remember that summer does not always mean warmth on the North Shore!
- Check the Conditions Page before setting off so you know what to expect — wet water crossings, trailhead closures, etc.
Travel and camp on durable surfaces.
- On the SHT, “durable” means not only resilient terrain, but sustainable locations. Staying on the trail and camping ONLY at designated campsites limits the impact of visitors to our fragile ecosystem and ensures that our private and public landowners remain supporters of our Trail.
Dispose of waste properly.
- Pack it in, pack it out! There are no SHTA-sponsored garbage cans or garbage services, so bring a designated baggie for your trash and carry it out with you.
- As for human waste, it can be really hard to dig a 6-8 inch hole in our soil. Whenever possible use one of our 94 campsite latrines. Toilet paper can go in the latrines, but nothing else. In case the timing doesn’t work, it’s best to have a trowel handy.
Leave what you find.
- Don’t take anything from the trail (and don’t leave anything!).
Minimize campfire impacts.
- On the SHT, campfires are only allowed in the designated fire rings (1 per campsite). Campfire rings have to be shared between parties – no group can “claim” the campfire ring.
- Do not build new campfire rings! SHTA has excavated each of our fire rings to ensure that no roots etc. will catch on fire.
- Never leave your campsite until you have put out your fire 100%.
- Keep your dog on a leash! Skunks, porcupines, and wolves all call the SHT home — we are the visitors.
- Campers: make sure you secure your food. This means carrying a bear canister or diligently bear-bagging your food. Bears which become habituated to messy campsites may lead to closed campsites and dire circumstances for the bear.
Be considerate of other visitors.
- Keep your dog on a leash! It’s not just for wild animals that we ask you to do this, but also for the enjoyment of other hikers. “He’s friendly” is not a substitute for a leash.
- Remember that people enjoy the SHT in many ways: some hike, some run, some meander at half a mile per hour. Treat everyone with respect.
- Campers: SHT campsites must be shared with other users. Be courteous and welcoming.
Visit our Event Calendar for Leave No Trace Hot Spot event information!