What does stewardship of the SHT mean to you?

The Superior Hiking Trail provides endless opportunities for users of many backgrounds to experience the natural wonders of the North Shore landscape.

The SHT relies on stewards like you to ensure that it remains accessible for generations to come. We work to improve the experience and strive to connect the aspirations of those who hike the Trail with those who care for the land. We're all in this together. In ways small and significant, everyone who sets foot on the SHT can become a steward in their own way. Your support is an integral part of this story and is essential in our collaborative effort to protect the future of the Trail.


Demonstrate your commitment and love of the Trail by making a gift today. 


Your contribution will provide critical resources to: 

  • Fund essential trail infrastructure improvement projects
  • Educate and empower trail users to care for the SHT and the North Shore
  • Improve the resiliency and sustainability of the Trail for generations to come

Thank you for donating today to help us protect, renew, and enhance the Superior Hiking Trail!


Hiking with Dogs: How to enjoy your time on trail together

SHTA Development and Communication Director Matt Kraska's pup Echo enjoying the SHT.

We know many of you have dogs that love to hike just as much you do. 

Careful preparation will ensure you and your dog both enjoy your time on the Superior Hiking Trail. Here are some tips and things to consider when heading out for a hike with your furry friend this season. 

Choose the right section of the Trail - If your dog isn’t used to hiking, be sure to choose a trail that meets their fitness level and experience. You want your dog to enjoy the hike just as much as you do. 

Stay hydrated -  Be sure to bring your pup their own supply of water and a drinking container. Make sure they’re drinking water as often as you are. Do not rely on finding water sources for your dog. Please be aware that current conditions are very dry and many water sources are unavailable. Check out the Nano Bowl by Stunt Puppy for easy, on-trail hydration. 

Keep them cool - If hot temperatures are in the forecast, consider a trail with plenty of shade and water to cool off in. If it’s too hot, take them for a morning neighborhood walk before your hike and then leave them at home. 

Pack it out - Be sure to pack out their waste in a plastic baggie. Do NOT leave by the side of the trail to grab later. 

First aid supplies - Dogs can get hurt on-trail too. Consider bringing along gauze pads, antibacterial ointment, alcohol wipes, Benadryl, an old sock and medical tape.

Leash up - Dogs must be kept on-leash at all times. Leashes are essential for a safe and successful hike. Check out our Stunt Runner Leash to keep you and your dog safe on trail.


Why is it important to keep my dog on a leash? 

  • To keep your dog safe - There are plenty of hazards (such as cliffs, rivers, or wild animals) for dogs on-trail and dogs can go missing.
  • To be courteous to other trail users - You may have the nicest dog in the world but not everyone feels comfortable around dogs. 
  • To respect wildlife - There aren’t many dogs who have the self-control not to dart after wildlife. Help keep your dog and the wildlife safe.

Check out the Nano Bowl and Stunt Runner Leash at our online Trail Store.

The SHTA Welcomes New Board Members
Molly Lou (blue hard hat) volunteering on the Split Rock River loop this summer.

The Superior Hiking Trail Association just welcomed three new members to our Board of Directors and would like to introduce you to each of them over the coming months.

We are pleased to welcome Molly Lou Pintok to our Board of Directors. Molly resides in St. Cloud with her family of six and works as a Senior GIS Analyst. Molly is passionate about outdoor recreation and the cultural landscape of Minnesota. Her 2018 Master’s award-winning thesis mapped the narrative of Native American history in Kandiyohi County in Central Minnesota.  


Molly Lou said it best herself, “when I saw the Board was looking for enthusiasts to serve, I realized something—I work for the outdoors, I live for the outdoors, and this opportunity would allow me to give back to the outdoors.”

We are excited to have Molly Lou contributing her talents and energies to the organization.

Free Trainings on Building Sustainable and Resilient Trails: Learn from the best!

Want to learn more? Don't miss out on these upcoming free webinars and in-person trainings.

By attending these trainings you'll learn more about how the Superior Hiking Trail Association is building and maintaining resilient trails. You are welcome to sign up even if you are new to trail maintenance and have never volunteered with us before. Resilient and sustainable trails react to and navigate the landscapes through which they pass. Join us to learn more about this process. 

Webinar - Developing Your Trail Eyes: Assessing and Developing a Plan for Trail Sustainability
  • Friday, August 6th: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, August 7th: 8 am - 9:30 am 
Webinar- People On, Water Off:  Building & Maintaining a Resilient Superior Hiking Trail
  • Thursday, August 5th: 7 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Friday, August 6th: 8 am - 9:30 pm

On-trail trainings will take place on Saturday, August 14th in Duluth and Sunday, August 15th near Split Rock Lighthouse State Park. Sign up for a webinar to learn more - space is limited.

Trainer: Tim Malzhan of Trail Eyes LLC has over two decades of trail building and volunteer crew oversight experience. He has been recognized nationally for his leadership in the field. Tim is a true trail building guru!  

To register, please visit the following link: Training Registration

These trainings were prepared by the SHTA using Federal funds under award NA19NOS4190063 from the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, administered by the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S.Department of Commerce provided to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for Minnesota’s Lake Superior Coastal Program. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of NOAA, the U.S. Department of Commerce, or the DNR.

SHT Gear for your Pup

Check out these great items we sell from Minneapolis-based company, Stunt Puppy, that'll help your pup stay safe and enjoy the trail just as much as you! 

Nano Bowl by Stunt Puppy
Nano Bowl by Stunt Puppy
Everyday Leash by Stunt Puppy
Everyday Leash by Stunt Puppy
Stunt Runner Leash by Stunt Puppy
Stunt Runner Leash by Stunt Puppy
Visit our Online Trail Store to check out the new guidebook, maps, and other goods to help you get out on the Trail this summer.

All sales support the SHT!

Are you an active user of the Superior Hiking Trail? Do you love and care for the Trail as much as we do? 

Demonstrate your commitment and dedication to the SHT by donating and becoming a member today. 

The Superior Hiking Trail Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Tax ID: 41-1569104. Our mailing address is:  PO Box 315, Two Harbors, MN 55616-0315

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