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The Trail

The Border Route Trail is a 65-mile long hiking trail that crosses the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in the far northeast corner of Minnesota (Arrowhead) and follows the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. It was the first long-distance, wilderness backpacking and hiking trail in Minnesota planned and constructed by volunteers. Read more...

Trail Clearing

The BRT is completely volunteer maintained. The BRTA organizes trail clearing trips in the spring and fall to to keep the trail in good condition, and new volunteers are always needed. Read more...

The BRT Association

The trail was planned and built in the early 1970's by the Minnesota Rovers Outing Club with the help of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the US Forest Service. The Border Route Trail Association was incorporated in 2004 to coordinate the maintenance and increase public awareness of the trail. Read more...


Annual meeting Jan 9

The BRT annual meeting will be Thursday Jan 9 from 7:00 to 8:30pm at REI Bloomington. More details on the meetup site

Trail condition update

An update on trail conditions is posted on the conditions page

Board Secretary Needed

Do you want to do more to help the BRT? The board is looking for a Secretary to assist with managing the Association's documents. Contact for more information.

Trail guides available

A new batch of trail guides have been printed and are available for purchase: More info

T-shirts for sale

We now have BRT T-shirts for sale, take a look!

BRT Meetup Group

Join our Meetup Group to see past and upcoming activites, post trip photos, read the discussion forum, and receive email updates about the BRT!