Published May 30, 2010, 12:00 AM

Hike or bike on National Trails Day

Three hikes and a mountain-bike ride will be offered Saturday in Duluth in celebration of National Trails Day. The events will begin at 9 a.m. at Hartley Nature Center.

By: News Tribune, Duluth News Tribune

Three hikes and a mountain-bike ride will be offered Saturday in Duluth in celebration of National Trails Day. The events will begin at 9 a.m. at Hartley Nature Center.

Theme of this year’s National Trails Day Celebration is “Find Your Happy Place.” The day’s events are sponsored by Hartley Nature Center, the Superior Hiking Trail Association, COGGS (Cyclists of Gitchee Gumee Shores), the city of Duluth and Superior National Forest.

Here’s the day’s schedule:

9 a.m. — Welcome. Free Camelbak water bottles while supplies last. Information tables. Refreshments.

9:30 a.m. — A guided single-track, seven-mile bike ride in Hartley Park.

9:45 a.m. — Three hikes begin. One is a guided, half-mile family hike. Hikers will be accompanied by Smokey Bear. The second hike is a guided three-mile hike looping back to the nature center. The third is a guided five-mile hike that loops back to the nature center.

“I think it’s a real opportunity for people who enjoy hiking to get together, and for people who might be new to it to try the sport of hiking,” said Gayle Coyer, executive director of the Superior Hiking Trail Association.

A portion of the Superior Hiking Trail goes through Hartley Park. The park is at 3001 Woodland Ave.

Trail project

If you’d like to do some volunteer trail work on National Trails Day, the Superior Hiking Trail Association will host a work project at 9 a.m. Saturday near Grand Marais. Volunteers will haul lumber and other materials 0.8 miles along a creek to replace a beaver-damaged boardwalk. Sign up by Thursday by e-mailing the SHTA office at volunteer@shta.org or by calling (218) 834-2700. A barbecue will be held afterward in Silver Bay hosted by Han and Steph Taylor and SHTA.

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