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North Country Trail group to hold hiking expo

The North Country Trail

The North Country Trail Association will hold a hiking celebration and expo Thursday through Saturday at Spirit Mountain, and on trails throughout Duluth and the surrounding area.

The celebration will include 14 guided hikes, including a Mayor’s Hike at 1 p.m. Thursday from Chester Bowl to Burrito Union. In addition, there will be 12 hourlong presentations on outdoor and hiking topics at Spirit Mountain throughout the event. All of those events are free.

An expo will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue chalet. The expo will include displays by retailers and other organizations, along with guided hikes.

Among presenters taking part in the three-day event are geologist and naturalist John Green of Duluth, naturalist Larry Weber of Wrenshall, phenologist John Latimer of Grand Rapids and Gayle Coyer and Larry Sampson of the Superior Hiking Trail Association.

When complete, the North Country Trail will span 4,600 miles across the northern tier of the United States from New York to North Dakota. More than half of the trail already is complete. It’s managed by the National Park Service. It has been proposed that a portion of the trail will pass through Duluth and along the North Shore on the Superior Hiking Trail.

For more information and a detailed schedule of events, go to the North Country Trail Association website at