Hiking in winter offers crisp air and clear views in Duluth. Yet, it can be confusing when the trails seem to multiply in the snowy landscape.
That’s why we joined the Superior Hiking Trail Association’s free guided winter hike from Kingsbury Creek to Grand Avenue Chalet in early March.
All we had to do was show up. The knowledgable guides navigated the trail; we followed.
At the trailhead, we split into two groups: fast and slow. We opted for the slow group, knowing that snack breaks are imperative to happy trails.
A fresh layer of snow in the mixed forest made the scenery spectacular, especially when crossing the bridge over Kingsbury Creek.
The volunteer guides were very friendly. One even thanked us for bringing the kids out, calling them the next generation of hikers. Indeed, they are.
Yet, when your legs are less than 2 feet long, 2.5 miles can feel a long way. Thankfully, Finley’s dad provided transportation assistance when she needed a break.
Outdoor Classroom A bonus was spending time with Jim Lind, the volunteer naturalist who hiked along with the group and shared his knowledge on the local flora and fauna. A major highlight for Daley was using Jim’s binoculars to get a close-up look at woodpecker homes.
Social Aspect The guided hike was a great way for our family to come together with other people through a shared outdoor experience. We met both locals and visitors. Ultimately, it fostered a sense of camaraderie and community for our children.
Check out the Superior Hiking Trail Association website for upcoming guided hikes.
Have you participated in a guided hike? Share your experiences in the comment box below. Thanks!