Sending Gratitude to our Trail Community

As we look back on 2021, we have much to be grateful for.   

This year certainly came with challenges but the trail community showed true dedication to the Trail and we are truly grateful. Before we fully turn our focus to 2022, our staff took a moment to share their gratitude for the many good people and lessons learned throughout the past year.

Lisa Luokkala, Executive Director 
All Northern Minnesota first responders and natural resource and land managers rise to the top of my 2021 gratitude list. These folks went above and beyond to keep the public safe and informed during some very dicey months of high winds, drought, and forest fires. Thank you for your service!

Tamer Ibrahim, Trail Operations Director
I am grateful for the opportunity to work on such a spectacular trail with such a tight-knit group of volunteers, staff, and public lands agency partners all coming together in support of the SHT.

Matt Kraska, Development and Communications Director 
I am very grateful to all our members, supporters, and trail users who did their part to care for the trail this season. You are an integral part of our work and are what makes our trail community something special. Thank you! 

Jody Nonnemacher, Trail Store Manager
I am grateful for the many people near and far that have supported the SHT through their purchases, both in person and online. I am also grateful to the many artists, vendors, and reps that have worked so hard in these challenging times.

Lisa Knight, Administrator 
I'm so grateful for all the wild and open spaces we have in Northeast Minnesota as well as the people in the agencies, non-profits, and governments who manage and maintain them. It was another year where the outdoors was a safe space for many to connect with others and recharge our batteries. What a gift!

Thank you to our entire trail community for all that you gave to the SHT this year. We are truly grateful! 

Seasoned Trail Professional Joins the SHTA Team

We are pleased to welcome our new Volunteer & Education Coordinator, Barbara Budd, to the Superior Hiking Trail Association. 

Barbara Budd is a recently-returned native Minnesotan. She grew up south of Duluth and spent her childhood wandering in the woods with her grandfather. About 20 years ago, she succumbed to a growing need for mountains and moved to Washington. She began her trails career as a wilderness ranger with the US Forest Service in the Glacier Peak Wilderness. A few years later, she began leading volunteer trail maintenance crews with the Washington Trails Association. Working with volunteers in the outdoors proved to be a more wonderful experience than she ever expected, and she stayed with WTA for a decade, training, coordinating, and leading volunteers. Now, she's thrilled to be able to continue in that direction with the SHTA. What could be better than working with a bunch of folks who love the trails as much as she does? Not much, that's for sure! When not hiking, Barbara enjoys singing, dancing, and traveling. And after all, those things are happily done on trail, too!

The Volunteer & Education Coordinator position is a newly created position to help expand our supportive services to our amazing volunteers as well as provide outreach and education to help new and returning users safely access the SHT and all it has to offer.

New Guidebook Helps Create Successful Trail Season

The 9th Edition Superior Hiking Trail Guidebook made its debut this past trail season and helped users old and new experience the wonders of the Trail! 

We are thankful for all the energy, insight, and guidance provided by many trail supporters that helped us create the long-awaited 9th edition guidebook. The guidebook was used in many planning sessions and found its way into countless packs this trail season. The major update helped created a guidebook that meets the trail guide industry standards and utilizes best practices to help trail users have a safe, successful, and enjoyable experience on the Trail.

If you haven't updated your book shelf with the latest edition, we have plenty in stock in our Online Trail Store.

Sargent Creek Gets New Stone Step Crossing

The Sargent Creek bridge, or maybe better known as the Dr. Seuss bridge, is officially no more. 

Located a short jaunt southwest of the 123rd Avenue West Trailhead in Duluth, the bridge had experienced damage after the 500-year flood of 2012. The SHTA was able to salvage the bridge, but the storm and the years took its toll on it and gave the bridge its iconic warped physique. We worked with the Minnesota DNR and the City of Duluth to find an acceptable at-grade water crossing utilizing the placement of a few large stepping stones. The short reroute and stepping stones were installed in the Fall of 2021 but we needed to wait until the creek froze over to remove the bridge. Earlier this month, volunteers contributed over 100 hours to remove the bridge and haul out the debris. It is an end to an era but mother nature has a way of giving us trail builders' suggestions on what infrastructure works best where.

Enjoy the new serene stone step crossing and send along your thanks to our Duluth volunteers!

Stay Warm on the Trail with SHT Gear

We know many of you enjoy the Trail throughout the winter. Check out these items that will help keep you warm and show your support of the SHT while you're out in the woods this winter.

WhitePaws RunMitts
WhitePaws RunMitts
Sports Headband
Sports Headband

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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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