May 2, 2013 · 5:00 PM
Eagle Mountain Trail Clearing Trip. This 3-day trail clearing excursion offers an excellent opportunity to experience the diverse beauty of northern Minnesota, while working to make that beauty more accessible to others. This late spring trip is designed to miss both the snow and the bugs. We are planning to camp at a campsite next to Whale Lake at the base of Eagle Mountain, but are keeping our options open to stay at a USFS cabin if the weather dictates. As a member of this crew, you will have the opportunity to summit Eagle Mountain (Minnesota's highest point), as well as view Whale Lake, beaver dams, open meadows, a granite pass and possibly some Moose sightings! During the daylight hours this excursion will include 6-10 miles of hiking and trail clearing on wet rocky paths.
We’ll be going up by car pool Thursday afternoon/evening and settling into a cabin that evening. On Friday morning we’ll head out on the trail, and set-up camp at Whale Lake for the weekend. We'll spend the rest of Friday and Saturday clearing trails in that area. Sunday morning we'll pack-up, clean-up and clear trail for a couple more hours. We'll start the drive back to the Twin Cities by mid-afternoon.
Participants will receive safety and tool training from the crew leader prior to starting on the trail clearing. Trail clearing tools and safety training will be provided by the BWAC and crew leaders. Participants will also be required to attend an orientation / training session in the Twin Cities on a date to be named in the future (separate Meetup event to be scheduled soon). Registration and fee payment will be made electronically through Meetup and is required in advance. We will carpool and split the gas between the passengers. You will be responsible for your own meals.