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Wildflower hike scheduled for May 1

The public is welcome to attend a guided wildflower hike on the North Country National Scenic Trail within the Chippewa National Forest near Walker on Saturday, May 3.

The hike, being sponsored by the Itasca Moraine Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, will be led by NCTA volunteer Beth Trout of Hackensack. The group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Shingobee Ski Trail parking area located about 5 miles southwest of Walker on Highway 34.

The hike will be a distance of about 3.5 miles and hikers will pass Anoway Lake and hike along the Shingobee River to the County Road 50 trailhead. No hiking experience or wildflower knowledge is necessary and there is no charge for participating in the hike. People with questions should contact Beth Trout at (218) 675-5448 or via e-mail at

The North Country National Scenic Trail is a premier hiking trail that stretches for about 4,600 miles linking communities, forests and prairies across seven northern states. Already, more than 1,800 off-road miles of the Trail have been certified, including over 110 miles in Minnesota.

Additional miles follow shared paths, and some road walks yet remain. When completed it will be the longest off-road hiking trail in the United States. The NCTA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop, maintain, preserve and promote the North Country National Scenic Trail through a national network of volunteers, chapters, partner organizations and government agencies.

The Itasca Moraine Chapter includes NCTA members from Hubbard, Beltrami, Cass, and Itasca Counties and is responsible for the section of North Country Trail between the Chippewa National Forest near Walker and Itasca State Park. They have regularly scheduled trail work trips and monthly hikes on the North Country Trail and other trails in the area.

For more information on the Itasca Moraine Chapter, visit their website or contact the Chapter president, Carter Hedeen, at (218) 732-9226 or via email at

More information on the North Country Trail can be found online at or by calling toll free (866) 445-3628.