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September 21, 2016: There has been some confusion. The Duluth Traverse hike/run event on the SHT in Duluth is this Saturday September 24 (our website calendar and our recent Trail Mix e-newsletter said October 1, but this is incorrect). There are  about 250 hikers/runners registered for the event for various distances. Fun to watch or participate in!

-September 21, 2016: The trail is generally in good hiking shape. Plenty of water in creeks and streams, lakes, and rivers. Slow fall color change to date — the first area usually to change is in the Finland area along Co Rd 6.

-September 11, 2016: FALL HUNTING SEASONS: There is not a lot of hunting from the trail, but it is legal so you need to be aware of it. Bear: 9-1-16 to 10-16-16; Archery Deer: 9-17-16 to 12-31-16; Grouse and Small Game: 9-17-17 to 1-1-17; Firearms Deer: 11-5-16 to 11-20-16 (much of the SHT is closed during the firearms deer season in November — complete details will be posted at a later date).

-September 9, 2016: Between September 12 and 30, the trailhead parking lot near the Finland Rec Center (now called the Claire Nelson Community Center) will be CLOSED for 4-5 days due to installation of new vault toilets.  You may park at the Clair Nelson Community Center parking lot which is 500 feet to the southwest.  We’ll post again once the vault toilets project is completed.

-August 24, 2016: BRIDGES OUT ON THE TRAIL: These streams are crossable in normal or low water conditions, but will be impassable in high water in the spring or after a rain event. It is impossible for SHTA to predict when the streams are crossable.

  • North of Two Harbors in the Co Rd 301 to Castle Danger section: The Encampment River Bridge is out permanently. Here are the directions for a 6.8 mile roadwalk around this section:
    • From Co Rd 301 (Fors Rd) trailhead parking lot, take the SHT 0.4 miles until it crosses Co Rd 3 (Hwy 3). Turn left (northeast) and go 4.7 miles to West Castle Danger Road.
    • Turn right (east) and go 1.6 miles to where SHT crosses road. Go left on SHT 0.1 miles to Castle Danger Trailhead parking lot.
    • South of Grand Marais in the section Cascade River State Park to Bally Creek Road (also on the Cascade River Loop), the Trout Creek Bridge on the east side of the Cascade River is out for the foreseeable future. In high water periods use the trail on the west side of the Cascade River.

-August 24, 2016: When going to the Wild Valley Road Trailhead parking lot south of Jay Cooke State Park, there is road construction on Hwy. 23 right at the turn onto Wild Valley Road and MN DOT has taken down the green sign that says Wild Valley Road. When you turn down the road, you will see some blue blazes or logo signs to know you’re on the right road. The trailhead parking lot is 0.5 miles down the road.

-August 24, 2016:  A 1.6 mile section of the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) is closed permanently  from the northern boundary of Gooseberry Falls State Park to Blueberry Hill Road. There is a signed detour on the paved Gitchi Gami State Trail to go around this section.

  • The detour starts at the Gooseberry Falls State Park Visitor Center, crosses on the pedestrian bridge under Hwy. 61 over the Gooseberry River and travels for 2.1 miles on the Gitchi Gami State Trail to the Blueberry Hill Road intersection. This intersection is located at about Highway 61, milepost 41.6 by blue fire number #3486.
  • At that point, there are two options.
    • 1) Cross Highway 61 and walk 1.2 miles north on Blueberry Hill Road, a gravel Lake County forest road, to connect to the SHT and then continue east on the SHT to the Blueberry Hill Campsite, Bread Loaf Ridge, and the Split Rock River Wayside. Absolutely no parking on Blueberry Hill Road!
    • 2) Continue another 2.4 miles on the Gitchi Gami Trail to the Split Rock River Wayside, and use the box culvert underneath the highway to reach the parking lot and the continuation of the SHT.
  • This detour will last until sometime in 2017.

-August 24, 2016: The Fond du Lac trailhead parking lot in west Duluth is open once again but there is a new 1.1 mile spur trail from the parking lot to the trail. The distance from the Palkie Road Trailhead Parking Lot on the northern boundary of Jay Cooke State Park to Fond du Lac is 8.0 miles. The distance from the Fond du Lac Trailhead Parking lot to 123rd Avenue West Trailhead Parking Lot is 2.4 miles.

 

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