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The Superior Hiking Trail Associations’s Annual Spring Celebration of Hiking

Hike Fest 2019 will be held Friday, May 31st to Sunday, June 2nd at the beautiful Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center in Finland, MN.  Hike Fest is a family-friendly weekend with hikes, workshops, evening programs, the ropes course, good fellowship, and fun.

Here are a few highlights of the event:

  • New Zealand: An Adventurer’s Paradise, presented by Raven Bailey (@ravenroams) on Friday evening. From tramping tracks to paddling ‘yaks, Raven will take you on a tour of New Zealand, sharing her professional guiding experience and personal adventuring quests. Raven will stick around to lead an awesome, early morning Yoga Course on Saturday to loosen up before you head out for a day of hiking the SHT.  (Learn more about Raven’s guided adventures at: thriveadventures.com)
  • A Month in the Wilderness, presented by North Country Trail Association board member Derrick Passe on Saturday evening. In May 2017, Derrick led a major, month-long effort in the BWCA to help restore the Kekekabic, Disappointment and Snowbank Trails. With the support of 20 volunteers from ages 18 to 70, Derrick helped reopen 30 miles of Trail and restore 8 hiking campsites after a severe windstorm that knocked down up to 80% of the trees along the trail. Enjoy Derrick’s story of this awesome wilderness experience on a nearby trail while we celebrate National Trails Day. (Learn more about volunteering with NCTA and the Kekekabic Trail Chapter at: northcountrytrail.org/kekekabic-trail-chapter/)
  • A Behind-The Scenes Tour with Wolf Ridge ELC executive director Peter Smerud. Learn about the incredible work being done at Wolf Ridge ELC on the new Margaret A. Cargill Lodge, a Living Building Challenge project, a year after it was remodeled. A marvel of design, construction, and operation, this lodge has helped move the needle for the entire Midwest, pushing Wolf Ridge and it’s local partners and suppliers to the leading edge of sustainability.
  • Make your trail photos #instagramworthy with tips from local photographer Sam Brueggeman. Sam will lead an afternoon workshop, then take you around the Wolf Ridge campus to put your newly-honed skills to work. Late Saturday evening, Sam will also show what goes into mastering the art of night-time star photos at a telescope gathering.
  • Two unique opportunities to learn about the Trail with SHTA’s staff. SHTA executive director Denny Caneff will lead an “insider’s tour” of the Bean and Bear Lakes loop trail, titled “Bean and Bear With Me — A Tale of Trail Renewal.” SHTA trail development director Jo Swanson will present “Skeeters, Snow, and Sleep: 94 Nights on the Superior Hiking Trail,” about her recently completed quest to camp at all 94 SHTA campsites. You don’t want to miss these two chances to deepen your knowledge and connection with the SHT.
  • Trail Run with Trailfitters. Join Trailfitters’ Pat Davison, who is training for his second Superior 100 race, for the first-ever SHTA guided trail run from County Road 6, past the epic Sawmill Dome, and back to Wolf Ridge ELC.
  • A chance to win cool prizes from local businesses with a new SHT-approved activity — Trowel Toss — using “The Deuce,” the lightest backpacking trowel on the market. Learn a few Leave No Trace tips, take home a prize, and support the Trail all in one toss.
  • And SO MUCH MORE! Read the entire activity schedule here.  

Get ready for the event by reading the Hike Fest 2019 Guide to Wolf Ridge and Hike Fest 2019 Hike Descriptions.

Make sure to bring:

  • A reusable water bottle – help us reduce our footprint at Wolf Ridge.
  • A yoga mat if you plan to join the yoga class Saturday morning.
  • Proper hiking footwear and clothes for any weather conditions.

If you can’t make it to the event, but still want to make a gift to support the Trail – you can do so here.

Registration for Hike Fest 2019 is now closed. Please contact Jaron at jcramer@superiorhiking.org with any questions about the event.