“September 30, 2009: There was a major wind storm on the trail from Finland to the end of the trail (the entire north end of the trail, about 100 miles) on Monday, September 28th with winds up to 60 mph. Hundreds of large trees came down and now litter the trail. The hiking in this area will be difficult and will require climbing over large trees. Be particularly mindful of broken branches still in trees or trees continuing to fall to the ground.
If you hike in this area, we (the SHTA) would appreciate any reports of safety concerns and we will take care of those right away. Otherwise we will start clearing the trail in the order of the most popularly hiked sections. We will also be activating our certified chainsawer list to see if anyone can help clear trail. “
Gayle Coyer, SHTA Executive Director
More info on this situation will be available online as reports come in. To send in reports, contact the SHTA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, by calling (218) 834-2700, faxing to (218) 834-4436, or via postal mail at P.O. Box 4, Two Harbors, MN 55616-0004.
It is unknown at this time if the storm also affected the easternmost segments of the Border Route Trail, which had been recently cleared by volunteers of the Border Route Trail Association.