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Spring 2019 Trail Clearing Schedule

Check back in March for trips going out in the spring.

Trip Type Name Dates Cost
Training USFS Saw Training Sat April 13, Sun April 14 Free
Wilderness South Lake 1 (full) May 3 - May 6 $0
Wilderness South Lake 2 (full) May 9 - May 12 $0
Wilderness Clearwater Lake 1 May 16 - May 19 $60
Wilderness Clearwater Lake 2 May 24 - May 27 $0
Wilderness Clearwater Lake 3 May 30 - June 2 $60

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.
All paddling equipment (Kevlar canoues; paddles; and PFDs) and hand tools will be provided. Once registrations start coming in, a trip organizing email will be sent out to set up carpooling arrangements, along with a food plan, a suggested personal gear list, and more information about the trip.To register go to the signup page. 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 Tom Suter, Acting Director of Wilderness Maintenance if you have questions about wilderness trail clearing or any of the trips trsuter@aol.com

Trip Details

USFS Saw Safety Training & Certification
Dates: Saturday, April 13th, Sunday April 14th
Type: Day Trip

More details on the saw training page.

South Lake 1 (full)
Date: Friday May 3 - Monday May 6
Type: Backpack in

Early Friday (May 3rd) morning the crew will drive up meeting in Grand Marais for lunch. The crew drive to Rockwood Lodge for parking and access to the South Lake Trail. The crew will hike to the South Lake camp, setup a base camp, and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Saturday and Sunday trail clearing will continue on the BRT. The crew will hike out on Monday and return home. You will be responsible for your own meals and an equal share of the carpooling transportation cost, so there is no trip fee for this trip. Enter 0 for trip fee and pay by check during registration. Keep receipts for all your trip related expenses that are not reimbursed as they are tax deductible. The trip will be limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Chris F. This trip is full.

South Lake 2 (full)
Date: Thursday May 9 - Sunday May 12
Type: Backpack in

Thursday evening (May 9th) the crew will drive up to a ranger cabin and stay overnight. Friday the crew will park at Rockwood Lodge and hike in to the BRT on the South Lake Trail, set up a base camp at the South Lake camp or at the Partridge Lake camp. Trail clearing will begin east from where the Trip 1 crew left off, Trail clearing will continue Saturday. The crew will hike out and return home on Sunday. You will be responsible for your own meals and an equal share of the carpooling transportation cost, so there is no trip fee for this trip. Enter 0 for trip fee and pay by check during registration. Keep receipts for all your trip related expenses that are not reimbursed as they are tax deductible. The trip will be limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Brian H. This trip is full.

Clearwater Lake 1
Date: Thursday May 16 - Sunday May 19
Type: Boat shuttle in

Thursday evening (May 16th) the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse and stay overnight. Friday the crew will shuttle from the Clearwater Lodge, setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Trail clearing will continue Saturday and the crew will shuttle out and return home on Sunday. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, except for meals on the drive up and back. Trip is limited to 9 people.

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

Clearwater Lake 2
Date: Friday May 24 - Monday May 27 (Memorial Weekend)
Type: Boat shuttle in

Friday evening (May 24th) the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse and stay overnight. Saturday the crew will shuttle from the Clearwater Lodge, setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Trail clearing will continue Sunday and the crew will shuttle out and return home on Monday. You will be responsible for your own meals and an equal share of the carpooling transportation cost, so there is no trip fee for this trip. Enter 0 for trip fee and pay by check during registration. Keep receipts for all your trip related expenses that are not reimbursed as they are tax deductible. The trip will be limited to 9 people

For more information, contact John T. Sign up on the trip signup page

Clearwater Lake 3
Date: Thursday May 30 - Sunday June 2
Type: Boat shuttle in

Thursday evening (May 30th) the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse and stay overnight. Friday the crew will shuttle from the Clearwater Lodge Clearwater, setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Trail clearing will continue Saturday and the crew will shuttle out and return home on Sunday. The trip will have French and Louisiana "inspired" cuisine on Friday and Saturday night. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, except for meals on the drive up and back. Trip is limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Jim R. Sign up on the trip signup page