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Kekekabic Trail Clearing

  • Dec 6, 2012 · 3:00 PM
  • Kekekabic Trail - BWCA

Please join us on a 3-day trail-clearing adventure on the Kekekabic Trail near the western end of the Gunflint trail in beautiful northeastern Minnesota. Our objective is to clear tree-falls on the eastern end of the Kekekabic Trail between the trailhead on the Gunflint Trail and Bingshick Lake. We will depart Thursday afternoon from the Twin Cities at 4:00 PM and return Sunday night. We will be staying on East Bearskin Lake in a historic log cabin built by the CCC in the 1940s. The Kekekabic Trail is a 42-mile long historic trail first built as a service route for backcountry firefighters. Today, the Kekekabic, more affectionately known as the “Kek”, boasts one of the most unique landscapes of any hiking-only trail in the Boundary Waters. Its rocky terrain is in stark contrast to the forested vistas of the Centennial and Border Route trails.

This trip, in early December, will provide the solitude of late fall in the BWCA. Expect several inches of snow and a taste of the coming winter.

This is a tobacco-free event.

Transportation: Carpool with crew members


Thursday, Dec 6 – Travel, Depart the Twin Cities at 4pm, arriving around 10pm.

Friday, Dec 7 - Clear trail of tree falls and brush using bow saws and hand nippers. Tools are provided by the club. Potluck dinner at the cabin.

Saturday, Dec 8 - Clear trail. Dinner at Gunflint Lodge Dining Room.

Sunday, Dec 9 - Clear Trail until about noon. Return to the Cities.

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  • Martin K.

    This was a enjoyable trip: meeting new people with diverse interests who were great companions, variety of hikes (3 trails in two days). We accomplished our mission and safely while having fun and exploring history. Thanks Brian for organizing and from bringing and cooking dinner on Friday night! Hope to clear with you guys again.

    December 10, 2012

  • Brian H.

    Yes, I will be providing details on food and logistics soon. I am trying to schedule a pre-hike and/or a short planning meeting. Thanks for RSVPing.

    November 21, 2012

  • Freeman W.

    Will we be getting more details about the food (I'm assuming we bring out own) and where we meet for the carpool at some point?

    November 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot attend this trip. Every single hour of my PTO is very carefuly accounted for to allow for our clearing trip in May.

    November 16, 2012

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