By late May, two parties from Friends of the BWCA Trails will have maintained the Brule Lake/Eagle Mountain Trail. What is our goal? To repair the rudimentary crossing at Ball Club Creek!
After shuttling vehicles on Friday, we’ll hike in via the Brule Lake Trailhead and camp at Fishhook Lake. On Saturday, we’ll hike to Ball Club Creek, review the raw materials available to us (log, rocks), discuss options for moving the log into place, consider safety concerns, and begin our task - back to Fishhook Lake that evening. On Saturday, we'll brush and clear on the way to Whale Lake, where we'll camp - anyone up for fishing and/or a scramble up Eagle Mountain? On Monday, we’ll hike out via the Eagle Mountain Trailhead, maintaining trail as we go (should reach the Twin Cities no later than 5:00pm).
Each member will supply their own backpacking gear (consider inclement weather), meals, and heavy work gloves. Two backpacking stoves, a water filter, safety glasses, and tools will be provided. Fuel costs for carpooling will be split among the group. The rewards - time in the BWCAW, comradery, the feeling of having done something worthwhile, and a plastic map of our route courtesy of McKenzie Maps!
Participants are asked to take part in training on the evening of Wednesday, April 17, at Midwest Mountaineering. In addition, group members must have experience on a Friends of the BWCA Trails outing and/or participate in a sponsored training hike prior to the trip (date to be determined). Each member is required to sign liability waiver and provide medical/emergency contact information.