Accomplishments of 2017! Happy New Year!!

DAHTA Accomplishments of 2017

Met obligation to City of Duluth in raising $30,000 for trail improvements to the Ely Peak Loop in the Magney Snively Natural Area. Construction was completed in late 2017.

Attracted new members to reach year-end high of 75 members.

Facebook page attracted 1,040 followers. DAHTA “Share the Trails” video went viral 150K views and 3.5K shares.

Northland Horse Fair booth was staffed, selling horse treats and water bottles. DAHTA board members gave a talk about DAHTA and its goals.

Horse sensory clinic was held at Serenity Farms, raised $500  with 17 participants and  their horses. Great success which will be expanded in 2018.

Participated in City of Duluth trail planning, including ways to make trails that are shared with other user groups more horse rider friendly. (Mounting blocks, rail height across bridges, etc.)

Horses in Your Neighborhood outreach event in May was huge success at four barns with 100s of participants.

DAHTA submitted a response to a Duluth News Tribune Letter to the Editor to clarify horse use on shared trails.

DAHTA was featured in an article “Hot to Trot the Trails”  in magazine

Held annual fundraiser at Derailed Bar, many donations were secured, raised nearly $2,000 in spite of rainy night.

DAHTA paid for board member to attend a grant writing workshop

Grant written and received from Duluth Community Foundation for $5,000 for trail signage on the Ely Peak Loop.

Lots of fun at the Boulder Lake Trail ride held in June

September 19 trail bike ride on the DWP trail to familiarize members with challenges and opportunities.

Received confirmation that the Buffalo House wants to work with DAHTA on developing a horse camp.

Small group enjoyed the Dago Lake trail ride held in October

Six donation boxes were placed at horse tack and feed stores

Looking ahead to 2018…

  • Official reopening of the Ely Peak Loop to horse riders!
  • Developing signage for horse riders on the Ely Peak Loop
  • Plotting out the next trail goal toward connection with the Buffalo House
  • Planning horse camp with the Buffalo House
  • Working with Jay Cooke Park for expanded horse trails
  • Increase membership to over 100 members
  • Many fundraising and fun events to accomplish our goals!

Trail repair on Ely Peak Loop to begin!

Thanks to some last minute fundraising with Lifetime Memberships, DAHTA was able to meet its financial obligation to the City of Duluth to get repair construction underway this year. Hooray!

However, there’s more ahead. Next, we’ll work with other trail user groups to connect to the DWP (old railroad bed) that goes through a tunnel. From there, the goal is to get a trail to Jay Cooke park, and we’re working with the Buffalo House to develop a horse camp there! So exciting.

Thanks for your interest in The Duluth Area Horse Trail Alliance. Become a member and join the fun!

Boulder Lake Ride & Picnic Saturday, June 24

Join DAHTA members doing what they love most — riding our horses! The Boulder Lake Natural Area has wide trails and lots of parking for our rigs.

Members and friends are welcome! Let us know if you’re coming so we can plan for food and beverages, courtesy of the DAHTA Membership Builder Funds. Email June at

All riding levels will be accommodated. BRING YOUR OWN WATER for horses. No stallions, please. Bring proof of negative coggins.

DIRECTIONS: From Island Lake Inn on Hwy. 4, turn onto Boulder Dam Rd., then take first right onto Boulder Lake Rd. The lot is on your left ahead about 200 ft.

Phase One Trail Update

Trail work will start this spring and completion date is set for October! Yee haw!

The bidding will go out for base improvements to the western portion, which is the Ely Peak loop, and the Magney Snively trail.  It will be filled and hardened to a width necessary for horses, and the culverts installed. Where necessary, the fall line will be changed to provide a single track switchback.  In most areas it will be a hardened (class 5) 6′ wide trail and crushed stone on each side.

The contractors are hoping to keep the cost around $110,000, which is available between DAHTA funds, 1/2-and-1/2 funds, and Parks and Rec funds.

Initially, we won’t need volunteer help on the trails.  However, DAHTA continues to need volunteers to help with fundraisers and fun events. This is critical! Thanks to our membership for your continued support. Let’s not lose our momentum now. Please encourage your friends to join DAHTA and let’s ride!

Public Input for Duluth Traverse Trail Master Plan

Calling all horse trail advocates! The public is invited to attend the first public meeting for the Duluth Traverse Trail Management and Master Plan. The City is leading a public process to determine best practices for future management, to guide final segment development and construction, and gather input on improvements to the trail system.

DAHTA members are invited to complete a questionnaire to help set the vision. It can be downloaded and printed here Trail Issues Questionnaire.

Raffle & Beer/Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Sunday, Dec. 11, 3 – 6 p.m. at Clyde Iron Works

Raffle tickets for sale at the door or by DAHTA members and members of Friends of Magney-Snively. $10 suggested donation.

Major donations from Friends of Magney-Snively, Loll Designs, local restaurants, outdoors opportunities… and many more raffle items and opportunities to win at the event!

Our fundraising goal is to raise $30,000 to make repairs and reopen the Ely Peak Loop in the Magney-Snively XC Ski area.