Beth Trout of Hackensack is taking a hike this spring. It’s more accurate to say she will take 19 hikes, each five miles or more in length.
She started hiking at the center of Itasca State Park and is hiking east along the North Country Trail until she reaches Highway 6, northeast of Remer, a distance of 105 miles.
Trout was a young mother when she first heard of cross-country hiking, as in 25-miles in a day as championed during the Kennedy administration. She’s seen true through hikers on the North Country Trail and other national scenic trails who have walked 25 and more miles a day.
Trout has never tried a 25-miler. As a hiker she’s somewhere between the 25-miler and the out-to-the-mailbox-and-back walker.
She began hiking at 9 a.m. Monday, May 13, with plans to hike Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, then Friday and Saturday of each week until she completes the route in mid-June.
Trout will measure the distances covered using a measuring wheel. A person who wants to join the hike should search the internet for “paul bunyan chip hikers walker.” This retrieves the meet-up website that has directions to the daily starting points and other information.
Hikers can also find the details for each hike by calling 218-675-5448 the afternoon before the hike. If it’s raining at the starting time the day’s hike will be postponed until the following hiking day.
Observations and distances measured on this hike may be used in the Trail Guide that the Itasca Moraine Chapter is publishing this summer.