Event Schedule

Minnesota Hiking Celebration Schedule

Notes:

1) This schedule is subject to change.  Check back for regular updates.

2) Click here for more detailed info on the Hikes and here for Programs

3) The registration deadline is Thursday, August 7th for the Thursday night banquet only.  Online registration will remain open up until August 19th for the rest of the event.  On-site registration will be available as well at the Skyline Chalet (Thursday) and the Grand Avenue Chalet (Friday and Saturday).

Pre-celebration activities:

  • All day North Country Trail building project in northwest WI with Bill Menke, NCTA’s Regional Trail Coordinator for WI – contact Bill (bmenke “at”northcountrytrail.org / 608-441-5610) for details and to register.
  • Organized day hike for people driving to Duluth from the west held near Remer in northcentral MN and suggested on your own hikes for those driving from the east in northwestern WI
  • On your own: Explore the famed North Shore; long-distance hiking opportunities

Thursday, August 21 - Spirit Mountain’s Summit Lodge (map)

  • Registration all day - Check-in all day, receive Duluth Discounts bag; sign-up to Eat Out Duluth on Saturday, 6:00 pm. 10-12 eating establishments will reserve seating for 8-10 persons from the Celebration. Descriptions of the restaurants and sign-up sheets will be at check-in each day, first come, first served.
  • Morning:
    • NCTA Board meeting in the Fireside Room (8am – 2pm)
    • Guided full-day hike
      • H-1) 8 am – Martin Rd to Chester Bowl (6.1 mi)
    • Guided half-day hikes
      • H-2) 10 am – Hartley Nature Center to Chester Bowl (3 mi)
    • On your own:
  • Afternoon:
      • H3) Guided half-day hike with Duluth Mayor Don Ness (1-2).  Hike with Mayor Ness on the SHT from the Chester Bowl downhill to the Burrito Union (0.9 mi) for post-hike refreshments.
    • Programs
      • P-1) 1-2 pm -Kim Fishburn – Hiker, “What you need to know to hike the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT)” – Moosehead Room, Upper Chalet
      • P-2) 2-3 pm – Kim Fishburn – Lightweight Backpacking –Moosehead Room, Upper  Chalet
      • P-3) 2:30-3:30 pm- Martin Kubik – BWCAW’s Sioux Hustler Trail – Fireside Room, Upper Chalet
    • On your own: visit Duluth area attractions
  • Evening:
    • Social hour reception with U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, Moosehead Room, Upper Chalet
    • 6pm – Banquet Dinner – Moosehead Room, Upper Chalet (you must register by August 7th, $30)
    • Welcoming remarks by Mayor Ness and Gayle Coyer of the SHTA
    • Remarks by Minnesota Congressional members (invited) live or by video

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    • Keynote speaker: Minnesotan Luke Jordan, a.k.a “Strider,” presents a program on his 2013 NCT thru-hike

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Friday, August 22 - Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet (map)

  • Registration all day - Check-in all day, receive Duluth Discounts bag; sign-up to Eat Out Duluth on Saturday, 6:00 pm. 10-12 eating establishments will reserve seating for 8-10 persons from the Celebration. Descriptions of the restaurants and sign-up sheets will be at check-in each day, first come, first served.
  • Morning:
    • Guided full day hikes:
      • H4a) 7 am – “The Luke Jordan Challenge Hike” – experience the life of a NCT thru-hiker as you hike “big miles” with Luke from Jay Cooke State Park Visitors Center to Spirit Mountain’s Grand Ave. Chalet (18.7 mi).
      • H4b) 7 am – A shorter option of the above hike will be available, stopping at the 123rd Ave W. Trailhead (12.5 mi).
    • Guided half day hikes:
      • H-5) 8 am- 123rd Ave W to Grand Ave. Chalet (6.2 mi)
      • H-6) 8-11 am – 24th Ave W westward to Haines Rd (2.7 mi)
      • H-7) 8-11 am – Skyline Dr/St. Louis River Rd Junction eastward to Haines Rd (2.3 mi)
      • H-8) 9-11 am- Family hike – Grand Ave Chalet, out and back
    • Programs:
      • P-5a) 10-11 am – Lou Anne Siefert – Staying Active
      • P-5b) 11-noon – John Green – Natural History of the SHT in Duluth
    • On your own:
      • visit Duluth area attraction
      • Short Out and Back unguided hike: hike from the Grand Ave Chalet westward on Superior Hiking Trail to the junction with Spirit Mt. Campground spur.  Retrace steps back to Grand Ave. Chalet. (up to 2 miles total).
  • Afternoon:
    • Guided half day hikes:
      • H-9) 1 pm – Half-day hike – 24th Ave W westward to Haines Rd (2.7 mi)
      • H-10) 1pm – Geocache Hike
    • Guided half day events:
      • 2-4 pm – Family Adventure – Adventure Park-Spirit Mountain; Munger Trail – biking
    • Programs:
      • P-5c) 1-2 pm – John Elliot – Border Route Trail Association presentation, Grand Avenue Chalet
      • P-5d)1-4 pm – Jay Cooke State Park Naturalist, Kristine Hiller “2012 Flood and Recovery at Jay Cooke State Park”, presentation and 2 mi hike on the NCT in the Park. Note: State Park entry passes required.
      • P-4) 2 – 3 pm – Terry Bernhardt – Kekakabic Trail Club presentation, Grand Avenue Chalet
    • On your own:
  • Evening:
    • Guided hike:
      • H-11) 5:30-8:30 pm  – “Snail Along the Trail”, (2.3 mi) interpretive hike with Naturalist/Author, Larry Weber, carpool from Grand Avenue Chalet to Skyline Dr/St. Louis River Rd Junction and hike eastward to Haines Rd
    • Jerry & Beth Trout’s “Stone Soup Supper” at Indian Point Campground (5-7 pm)
    • NPS’ Volunteer in Parks Awards and the NCTA Annual Awards Presentation (7-8 pm, Grand Ave. chalet)
    • Enjoy some music by Bruce Matthews (starting around 8:30 pm in the Grand Avenue Chalet)

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Saturday, August 23  - Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet (map)

The first ever Duluth Hiking/Outdoor Exposition (9 am -6 pm)

  • Registration all day - Check-in all day, receive Duluth Discounts bag; sign-up to Eat Out Duluth on Saturday, 6:00 pm. 10-12 eating establishments will reserve seating for 8-10 persons from the Celebration. Descriptions of the restaurants and sign-up sheets will be at check-in each day, first come, first served.
  • Morning:
    • On your own: Trail Run (9 am)
    • Booths of outdoor gear companies, outdoor retailers, and environmental/conservation groups
    • Programs:
      • P-6a) 10-11am –Martin Kubik – “BWCAW’s Pow Wow Trail”
      • P-6b) 11-noon – John Latimer – “Northwoods Phenology”
    • Guided half day hikes:
      • H-12) 8 am –  Circular hike starting at Grand Avenue Chalet (4.5 miles)
      • H-13) 9-11 am – Family Hike, Grand Ave Chalet, out & back
  • Afternoon:
    • Booths of outdoor gear companies, outdoor retailers, and environmental/conservation groups
    • Programs:
      • P-7) 1-2 pm – Larry Sampson/Gayle Coyer,“Building 40 miles of the SHT through Duluth”, Grand Avenue Chalet

      • P-8) 2:30 – 3:30- Rudy Hargesheimer – Midwest Mountaineering, “Thirteen Trails including the SHT and NCT (in WI and MI) and quite a few in Canada.”
    • Family Nature activity (2-3 pm)
    • Guided half day hikes:
      •  H-14) 1 pm –  Circular hike starting at Grand Avenue Chalet (4.5 miles)
  • Evening:
    • Eat Out Duluth (6 pm)
    • On your own:
      • Downtown Duluth Lakewalk Hike

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Post celebration activities:

  • Trail-building on the SHT with Larry Sampson within Jay Cooke State Park (Sunday and Monday) – contact the SHTA office ASAP for more details and/or to sign up.
  • On your own: Explore the famed North Shore; long-distance hiking opportunities in northwestern Minnesota (on NCT sections completed since the 2007 Bemidji Conference)

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Questions about the event schedule?  If so, contact us at davis@northcountrytrail.org or (701) 388-1883.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Florence Hedeen January 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

NCTA MN Chapters are excited to welcome you to the Hiking Celebration in Duluth August 21-23! If you have an activity or idea that you’d like us to consider, please let us know: davis@northcountrytrail.org or (701) 388-1883. We continue to flesh out the program and want it to appeal to you and your family/friends.

Ramona DeGeorgio January 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Hope I can come to Duluth! Currently I´m in Lima, Peru as a Peace Corps Response volunteer- My service ends on June 20th, then back to Manistee, MI. Thanks for keeping the tracks on the trail. Ramona

Dr. Eric D. Rehorst February 8, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I am plannng on attending this event and have it maked on my calander. I used to live in Carlton and am quit familar with Jay Cook Park. I will bringa friend Rod Tester with me so he can meet people in your chapter and hopefully join NCThikers. I am a member of North Country Trail Hikers chapter in Marquette, Michigan. My cell phone number is 906-399-0269

Florence Hedeen March 27, 2014 at 11:47 am

Would be great to have you join us for the Hiking Celebration in Duluth August 21-23. Hope your PC service in Peru is going well. I’m an RPCV – DR 1966-68. Most meaningful, formative experience of my life!

Marlo June 22, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Hello, Is the general public invited any or all of the events August 21-23? thank you

Florence Hedeen June 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Everyone is invited to the Celebration. The only fee is for the Thursday evening banquet ($30/adult, $21 for children 5-12, free for under 5) which must be paid before August 7.

Joseph Carson July 22, 2014 at 2:35 pm

July 22,
Hi, NCT! I have hiked the SHT several years ago as far as Grand Marais and am very interested in the “Minnesota Hiking Celebration” August 19-21. The rest of the program looks interesting to me including being on one of your trail crews. I hope to find someone interested in going to Grand Marais whom I can pay to shuttle me to the northern SHT and the “Border Route Trail”. I plan to fly to Duluth (rather than waste time driving out there to Grand Marais from Boston).
Can some spokesperson reply before the end of this month (by July 30 to be exact as I will be out of the country most of August)? Thank you so much.
Joe Carson
jcwildgarden@gmail.com

Dan Dorrough August 7, 2014 at 8:26 am

The “The Luke Jordan Challenge Hike”, the John Elliot Border Route Trail Association presentation and the Terry Bernhardt Kekakabic Trail Club presentation are all on Friday. I would hate to miss any of these but it might be very difficult to finish the hike (even the shorter version) in time for Border Route and the Kekakabic talks. Any possibility that the talks could be pushed back to a later time, given on a different day or given on more than one day?

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