Pow Wow Trail Survey Trip

  • Aug 30, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Our mission is to backpack, survey the whole Pow Wow Hiking Trail.  BWAC crew was the only known group to backpack the entire trail last year.  For some, hiking through charred landscape was a life altering experience.  This year, we will monitor how the forest is coming back while exploring wilderness values.


The trip will begin Friday morning (8:00 am). After 5 hrs drive we should reach trailhead (north from Isabella) about 1:00 pm. Marathon Lake campsite (5.5 mile from trailhead) is our Friday destination. Saturday we will reach Horseshoe Lake campsite after 10 miles of hiking. Sunday we will cover 9 miles to trail junction. Last day Monday after short 3 miles hike we will reach trailhead.

Level of difficulty: Participants need to be in very good physical condition and be able to tolerate variable temps and inclement weather on a 10 - 12 hour outing.

You will need good hiking boots, gaiters and all essential backpacking gear. some gear (stove, water filter) will be shared. Participants should be available for pretrip meeting (TBD).

Registration includes a maps of the Pow Wow Trail and club T-shirt (subject to availability). Participants are responsible for cost of car pooling and food.

Disclaimer and Fine Print:
Subject to BWAC Trip Policy and pet, tobacco, and certain electronic devices free. Contact  organizer or coleader (Rod Markin) to discuss your equipment needs prior to registration.

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  • Martin K.

    It was hell and that's why we came back. More photos at bwac.smugmug.com

    September 5, 2013

    • Rod M.

      It was hell? Someone said it was a cake walk!

      September 5, 2013

    • Martin K.

      You got to motivate the "candidates" somehow. Otherwise it would be just you and I going on these insane BCT-6 trips!

      September 6, 2013

  • Dave B.

    This rating is actually an average. Trail zero, team 5++++

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Challenging beyond a doubt. I give it a 5 because it was truly a team effort, and a great team it was. The surveying of the poorly marked trail pushed us all mentally and physically way beyond what we cold have ever expected.

    September 3, 2013

  • diane renee e.

    Is Paul Ebert needed at Mon Aug 26 meeting?

    Its our 35th wedding anniversary. Thanks for understanding!

    August 25, 2013

  • Dave B.

    I am very interested in joining this trip. I live in Duluth and would not be available for any meetings in White Bear Lake, though that is where I moved from! I am an fairly experienced backpacker. Would like to know a bit more before I commit.

    July 23, 2013

  • Henry T.

    I have to arrange time off if I can count me in for the trip!!?

    July 9, 2013

  • Henry T.

    Yes I would like to go!

    July 4, 2013

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