Recent windstorm damages the Superior Hiking Trail in NE Minnesota

oce-3445_150From the SHTA website:

“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, 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.

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  1. Matt Davis October 5, 2009 at 12:14 pm #

    Here’s an update on this “story” from the SHTA website…

    “October 2, 2009: The wind damage from Finland to the north end of the trail is very severe. There are hundreds and hundreds of large trees down. It took one hiker 2-1/2 hours to hike one mile north of Grand Marais. There can be up to 25 large trees per 0.5 mile section. The SHT is not closed but expect difficult hiking conditions and be prepared. Also watch for branches and trees still falling. There were severe winds in Lake County (Two Harbors to Little Marais) for the past 24 hours but as of yet we’ve had no reports. We’ll keep you posted! Still no rain so the low water advisory is still on.”

    From a recent SHT hiker…

    “Yep, I was just through there this week. There are indeed trees down. I decided to call it the ‘tree hurdling’ portion of the hike. Actually, some you can step over, but some you must walk around. As I hiked, I tried to move the small stuff off the trail when I could. The big stuff has to wait for chain saws.” Jennifer, Red Wing MN

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