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Superior Hiking Trail needs volunteers

Several projects over summer will need hundreds of volunteers to help.

Superior Hiking Trail volunteers
Volunteers, like those working here, are a big part of the Supeiror Hiking Trail success story. More volunteer opportunities are available this summer.
Bob King / 2015 file / Duluth News Tribune
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TWO HARBORS, Minn. — More than 300 volunteers put in over 8,000 hours every year to keep the Superior Hiking Trail in great shape, and the trail is in need of more work this summer.

The Superior Hiking Trail Association needs more than 150 volunteers for various summer projects, including:

  • The Bean and Bear reroute, June 15-26: Help move a very muddy section of the SHT to a much more sustainable route.
  • Spruce Creek abutments, July 8-12: Volunteers will place and fill the geocell structure that will support the new Spruce Creek bridge.

Meanwhile, the Superior Hiking Trail turns 36 years old this year. Celebrate this milestone by hiking 36 miles anywhere along the SHT this season to complete the 2022 Superior Hiking Challenge. The challenge begins today in honor of National Trails Day, and will run through Oct. 31.

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The trailhead marker for Bean and Bear Lake Loop in Silver Bay, Minn. The route is located along the Lake Superior Hiking Trail.
Izabel Johnson / 2021 file / Pine Journal

Register for the 2022 Superior Hiking Challenge and you will receive a Challenge Toolkit and a list of some suggested hikes for visiting beaver ponds along the trail. Once participants complete their hike and fill out a completion form online, they will receive an official certificate of completion and a sticker of Superior Hiking Trail Association mascot, Birchy the Beaver.

Volunteer need not be association members, but everyone is welcome to join. To join the association, volunteer or to find out more, go to superiorhiking.org .

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