Minnesota Hiking Celebration

FINAL VERT LOGO rev datesThe four Chapters of the NCTA in Minnesota are partnering to host a Minnesota Hiking Celebration event at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, MN on August 21-23, 2014.   You are invited!

Register for the event!

Notes: Online registration will remain open until Wednesday, August 20th.  On-site registration will be available as well at the Skyline Chalet (Thursday) and the Grand Avenue Chalet (Friday and Saturday).

What will the Hiking Celebration event feature?

The event will feature a variety of guided hikes on the Superior Hiking Trail and other fun things.  Check out the event schedule or download the Hiking Celebration program (PDF, 0.6 MB).

Check out the lodging page so you can make your arrangements ASAP!


How do I get to Spirit Mountain / Duluth?

Download driving directions to Spirit Mountain, Indian Point Campground, and between the two Chalets.

Why Duluth?

Minnesota’s 4th largest city is developing a reputation as a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts and the City is billing itself as a Premier Trail Destination.    Voters just recently selected Duluth as the “Best Outdoors Town” in an Outside Magazine poll.

Several years ago, Backpacker Magazine readers voted it their favorite Midwest trail town.  It also made Backpacker’s list of the Top 25 places in the U.S. to raise an outdoor kid and Outside Magazine listed it as a Top 10 Outdoor Town and also just recently named it the Adventure Hub runner-up in the entire world!  The American Birding Association named it the “Birdiest Small City” because of the great diversity of birds that live in or pass through Duluth.

Enough of the accolades, what about the fabulous hiking in Duluth?  Did we mention that there’s 43 miles of the Superior Hiking Trail right in Duluth or that the City serves as the gateway to the famed North Shore?  Visit our photo gallery for a look at the great hiking opportunities!

Duluth is also famous as an inland sea port at the head of the Great Lakes.  Learn more by visiting the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center (located right on the Superior Hiking Trail) or via the fantastic Duluth Shipping News website. Be sure to check out the live webcam of the Lift Bridge if you can’t be there!


Why Spirit Mountain?

Spirit Mountain is a City-owned year-round recreation area that is located just a few miles from downtown Duluth and all it has to offer. The Superior Hiking Trail winds around the slopes of Spirit Mountain and two spur trails connect with the Campground and the summit lodge.  Here are some of the fun things to do in the Spirit Mountain area…

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Mary Rebert May 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Bobbi Jo, Jane Norton & I are looking for two roommates to rent a chalet. Please contact me by email maryrebert@yahoo.com Mary Rebert (Chief Noonday member)

Florence Hedeen April 2, 2014 at 5:23 pm

If you haven’t received another response about the NCTA MN Hiking Celebration here’s where to go for everything you need to know: northcountrytrail.org/duluth. Really would be great to see you at the Celebration!

Bobbi Jo Gamache January 26, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Please send me info about the conference including registration fees, lodging options and costs, etc. So sorry I missed the PA conference in 2013.

I’m a member of the Chief Noonday Chapter in SW Michigan.