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Fall 2017 Trail Clearing Schedule

Trip Type Name Dates Cost
Wilderness Pine Lake 1 Sept 28 - Oct 1 (or 2) $60
Wilderness Crab Lake Oct 12 - 14 $60
Mechanized Trail clearing on the western end of the BRT Oct 12 - 15 $45

About Mechanized Trips

Trips depart from the Twin Cities the evening of the listed start date and return the evening of the listed end date. Sign up and pay for mechanized trips at the BRT Meetup Group website.

About Wilderness Trips

The wilderness sections of the Border Route Trail run above and along several border lakes and provide spectacular overlooks to those lakes. Trail clearing consists of removing brush and downed trees and in the wilderness is done with hand tools: crosscut saws, loppers, and scythes. Most trips travel up after work on Thursday and return on Sunday. All paddling equipment (Kevlar canoues; paddles; and PFDs) and tools will be provided. Once registrations start coming in, a trip organizing email will be sent out to set up carpooling arrangements, a food plan, a suggested personal gear list along with more information about the trip. Registration consists of selecting your trip, answering some basic experience questions, and reading and signing the liability waiver. Fee payment can be made by using a credit card payment to the BRTA PayPal account or by sending a check.

Contact Bob Westphal, Director of Wilderness Maintenance if you have questions about wilderness trail clearing or any of the trips gocbears@comcast.net

Trip Details

Pine Lake 1
Date: Thursday Set 28 - Sunday Oct 1 (or Monday Oct 2)
Type: Canoe in

Thursday evening (28 th ) the crew will drive up to the McFarland Campground and set up camp to stay overnight. Friday the crew will paddle to one of the two camps on Pine Lake, setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Trail clearing will continue on Saturday and the crew will canoe out and return home on Sunday. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back. Trip is limited to 9 people. Trip Extension Option: add one more day with a return on Monday (Oct 2) with no additional fee. Please note in the Comment Box on the registration page “return on Monday” if you want to elect this option. Trail clearing will either go west from the McFarland/East Pike portage (camp on peninsula between Pine and McFarland) or west from the Pine/Pike portage (camp on the Pine portage campsite). There are reports of several small trees down in these two trail segments and working one of them will gives an idea of the workload for planning 2018 trips.

For more information, contact Bob W.. Sign up on the trip signup page

Crab Lake
Date: Thursday Oct 12 - Sunday Oct 14
Type: Day Hike-in

Thursday evening (12 th ) the crew will drive up to (Housing to be determined) and stay overnight. Friday the crew will hike in to the BRT on the Crab Lake Spur trail and clear west to the western BWCAW boundary and return to (Housing to be determined). Trail clearing will continue on Saturday. Then return home on Sunday. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back. Trail clearing will cover the northern ½ mile of the Crab Lake Spur trail where there are several step over trees and some brush. The BRT from the Crab Lake Spur Trail junction to the western BWCAW boundary (about 1 mile) has a small number of step over trees and some heavy brush in the ¼ mile going east on the BRT from the Crab Lake Cutoff trail junction

For more information, contact Tom S.. Sign up on the trip signup page

Trail clearing on the western end of the BRT
Date: Thursday October 12 - Sunday October 15
Type: Cabin

Trail clearing on the western end of the Border Route Trail. Leave Mpls Thursday Oct. 12 PM, returning Sunday Oct. 15 PM. Stay in donated cabins at Heston’s Resort, Gunflint Lake. If you can walk in the woods, you can do this. Good Scenics. Cost $45. Carpool transportation not included.

For more information and to sign up, contact John E.