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.

DAHTA Accomplishments for 2016. Happy New Year!!

– B&B Brat Sale in the spring
– Wine/Beer Tasting and Raffle in cooperation with Friends of Magney-Snively in December.

– Horses in Your Neighborhood (Spring)
– Northland Horse Expo info table
– Spring Ride and Picnic at Boulder Lake
– Fall Ride at Dago Lake
– Fall Hike/Tour of Magney-Snively Trail and Lunch

And more!
– Assisted City of Duluth with Post-Windstorm trail check at Amity Trail
– Assisted Cross-Country Ski Club with trail maintenance on National Trails Day
– Met with City of Duluth and other trail user groups to develop wayfinding signage for trail systems.
– Purchased DAHTA banner, t-shirts and water bottles for promotion.
– Developed relationship with X-C Ski Club to partner on shared trail development and maintenance.
– DAHTA was featured on all three TV News Stations and in local newspapers.

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.


Magney-Snively Trail Update: Aug. 30

DAHTACityPlan2016Last week, DAHTA President Anne Gullion and Member Jackie Willis met with City of Duluth Trail Coordinator Judy Gibbs and Parks & Rec’s Luke Sydow to assess the Magney-Snively trail. They went through every change being proposed to the trail. (NOTE: This is the 3.7 mile loop that is Phase One to connecting with XC Ski trails and eventually a horse camp area and Jay Cooke trails!)

Rerouted trails, flagging, clearing

There are a number of areas that will be rerouted for the horses and they will be single track. A couple of them will make the trail much more interesting because they follow a rock wall. In several instances Luke will get a bid on whether it’s cheaper to reroute or redo the trail. It appears the whole trail will be covered with an aggregate soil with fines so that it binds. It is a small mixed size rock suitable for horses.

Luke will try to get all the rerouted trails flagged this week. These are areas that the volunteers can get out and start clearing. He is going to try to break the project into sections so that we can get going on the construction at $20,000 increments.

They discussed starting with the Ely’s Peak section because it would be visible from the Skyline Parkway and people can park horse trailers on the road.

Friends of Magney/Snively have donated 17 yards of material. Judy Gibbs is checking it to see if it is appropriate.

Time to get started

This trail development is daunting, but also exciting. Major funding is needed. Once we start working it will be easier to get press coverage and more donations, so we have to just get started. Note that DAHTA cannot use volunteer equipment while the contracted company is working, but if there is a load of fill deposited by the road and it needs to be moved to site, we can move it after hours, weekends, or whenever it doesn’t interfere with scheduled hours.

Sharing the trail with horses

What’s the safest way to approach horses on the trail? Watch this 3 minute video developed by DAHTA. It’s really very simple!

DAHTA is at the stakeholders’ table

There are MANY trail user groups in the Duluth area. DAHTA is working cooperatively to help attract grant funds and develop trails for the enjoyment of many! Join us as we keep horse trails on the map!


DAHTA Phase One Trail Goal

Phase1TrailThis map (published with permission) shows DAHTA’s Phase One goal for horse trail development. It’s approximately 4 miles long in Magney Snively Park. The Ely Peak Loop will be shared with cross country skiers in the winter. It will also connect to snowmobile trails already in development by the Snowmobile Club.