BWAC Photo Essay - Pow Wow Trail over Labor Day weekend

From: Martin K.
Sent on: Thursday, September 5, 2013 9:24 PM

Hello Friends of the BWCA Trails:

Over the past Labor Day weekend, six courageous BWAC members backpacked the 32 miles long Pow Wow Trail (PWT).  The Pow wow burnt in the Pagami Creek Fire in 2011.  A crew backpacking it last year found the trail difficult but still doable in four days.   This year however was entirely different.  Vegetation just exploded, fireweed growing shoulder high and obscuring rock cairns.  Fire bind weed, a stringy, twine like plant hooked over our boots and slowed us down.  Because of the tall growth we could not see where we were stepping much of the time.  But there were also high points, feasting on wild (read organic) rosehips, occassional blueberries, seeing wild flowers and birds of sorts.

We plan to meet with the US Forest Service and urge them to clear the PWT so that future generations can enjoy wilderness instead of enduring it like we did.  I hope I can count of your help to save this (and other) BWCAW trails.  It is volunteers like you who have, one treefall at a time, helped to keep our trails alive and accessible for not just our use, but for the greater public.

In meantime enjoy, vicariously, a trip on the Pow Wow Trail:  http://bwac.smugmug.com/

Please feel free to call me with any questions at[masked] or email me at [address removed]

Regards,

Martin Kubik,

public servant

 

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