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Spring 2018 Trail Clearing Schedule

Trip Type Name Dates Cost
Wilderness Pine Lake 1 full  May 25 - May 28 $60
Wilderness Pine Lake 2 May 31 - June 3 $60
Mechanized Portage Brook Bridge and Campsite Recon May 3 - 6 $40
Mechanized Protage Brook Bridge Moving July 20 - 22 $40

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: Friday May 25 - Monday May 28
Type: Canoe in

Friday (25th) the crew will drive up to McFarland Lake to pick up Forest Service canoes & gear, then paddle to a campsite on McFarnland-Pine, or Pine Lake, setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT towards the West. Trail clearing will continue on Saturday and Sunday. The crew will paddle out and return home on Monday. 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.

There will be an option to go up a day or two early to secure a campsite over this busy Memorial weekend. Contact John if interested in this option.

For more information, contact John T.. This trip is full

Pine Lake 2
Date: Thursday May 31 - Sunday June 3
Type: Canoe in

Thursday evening (31st) the crew will drive up to McFarland Campground and stay overnight. Friday the crew will pick up the Forest service gear and canoes, then paddle to a campsite on Pine Lake. We’ll setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT West towards Gogebic Lake. Trail clearing will continue on Saturday and the crew will paddled 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.

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

Portage Brook Bridge and Campsite Recon
Date: Thursday May 3 - Sunday May 6
Type: Car camping

Get more information and sign up at the BRTA Meetup group site

Portage Brook Bridge Moving
Date: Friday July 20 - Sunday July 22
Type: Car camping

Get more information and to sign up at the BRTA Meetup group site