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Spring 2021 Trail Clearing Schedule

Trip Type Name Dates Trip fee
Wilderness McFarland Lake May 6 - May 9 $0
Wilderness Crab Lake May 7 - May 10 $0
Wilderness East Rose Lake - on hold May 7 - May 10 $0
Wilderness Topper Lake May 14 - May 17 $0
Wilderness Gogebic Lake May 20 - May 23 $0

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, trip leaders will send out a trip organizing email to registrants with more information. 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.

COVID 19 IMPACT: The Forest Service is following COVID 19 protocol rules established by the State of Minnesota. The carpooling rule has the most significant impact on our trips. Participants that occupy the same household may drive together. Individuals must be willing to travel to the trailheads alone. When traveling we all need to adhere to the masks, social distancing and hand washing protocols when stopping in communities along the way. There will not be any lodging available for our crews so we will drive up to the trailheads and go directly out to camps on the trail to establish our base camps.

These all will be Bring Your Own (BYO) trips meaning that participants are responsible for bringing their own food and drink and plan on separate eating, cooking, and water filtering. Social distancing in the outdoors should be relatively easy but bring masks for the occasional times you may need them. There is no trip fee for BYO trips. Keep receipts for all your trip related expenses that are not reimbursed as they are tax deductible.

The COVID 19 environment is in continuous change with improvements in testing and the availability of vaccines. At this point, it is assumed that nothing will change the existing protocols in time to be in place for our May trips.

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

McFarland Lake
Date: May 6 - May 9
Type: Day-hike to trail

Thursday evening (May 6th) the crew will drive up to the McFarland campground and set up a base camp. Friday through Saturday the crew will day hike in to clear the segment from the John Lake overlook west to the McFarland/ East Pike portage. Clearing will continue Saturday and the crew will return home on Sunday.

You will be responsible for your own food and drink. There is no potable water at this campground so you may want to bring some with you and/or you can filter water from the lake. Also, there is no garbage service so you will need to pack your garbage out. The trip will be limited to 9 people (As of March 16th there are 4 open spots available on this trip).

For more information, contact John T.

Crab Lake
Date: May 7 - May 10
Type: Backpack-in

Early morning Friday (May 7th) the crew will drive up to Rockwood Lodge for parking and do a short carpool (with masks) to the Trailhead on Mayhew Road. Using the Mayhew Road Access Trail, the crew will hike into the Topper Lake camp and set up a base camp. Clearing will be done from the Topper Camp to the junction of the BRT with the Crab Lake Cutoff Trail. Saturday and Sunday trail clearing will continue. The crew will hike out on Monday and return home.

The trip will be limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Chris F.

East Rose Lake - on hold
Date: May 7 - May 10
Type: Backpack-in

Early morning Friday (May 7th) the crew will drive up to Clearwater Lodge for parking. The crew will hike to the east bay of Rose lake using the Daniels Lake Spur trail and the Long Portage and setup a base camp. Clearing Saturday and Sunday will be done from the BRT junction with the west end of the long portage to the Stairway portage. The crew will hike out on Monday and return home.

The trip will be limited to 9 people.

Registration for this trip is on hold

Topper Lake
Date: May 14 - May 17
Type: Backpack-in

Early morning Friday (May 14th) the crew will drive up to Rockwood Lodge for parking and do a short carpool (with masks) to the Trailhead on Mayhew Road. Using the Mayhew Road Access Trail, the crew will hike into the Topper Lake camp and set up a base camp. Clearing will be done to finish any remaining work from BRTA2 and then work from the Topper Camp to the junction of the BRT with the Mayhew Road Access trail. Saturday and Sunday trail clearing will continue. The crew will hike out on Monday and return home.

The trip will be limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Greg S.

Gogebic Lake
Date: May 20 - May 23
Type: Shuttle/Hike-in

On Thursday (May 20th) the crew will drive up to Clearwater Lodge. The crew will shuttle from the Clearwater Lodge to the east end of Clearwater Lake. The crew will hike in to set up a base camp at the Gogebic camp. Clearing will cover the segment from the Clearwater/West Pike portage junction with the BRT east to the Pine Lake/West Pike portage junction with the BRT. On Sunday (May23th) the crew will hike out to Clearwater Lake and shuttle back to the Clearwater Lodge for the return trip home.

This trip will be strenuous so previous trail clearing experience is required.

The trip will be limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Bob W.