What we're about

The Friends of the Border Route Trail was formed as a means to acquaint North Shore hiking and backpacking enthusiasts with the BRT and to give them a means of getting together to help promote its use, maintenance, and long term preservation. It is an affiliate of the Twin Cities based Border Route Trail Association (http://www.borderroutetrail.org) with connections to the Minnesota Rovers Outdoors Club (http://www.mnrovers.org) and the Twin Cities Hiking Meetup Group (http://www.meetup.com/hiking-177/).

For those of you not familiar with the Border Route Trail, the BRT is a 65 mile wilderness and semi-wilderness hiking and X/C ski trail built by the Twin Cities based Minnesota Rovers Outing Club in the '70s. It connects with the Kekekabic Trail on the West and the Superior Hiking Trail on the East. Along with these trails it, hopefully, will soon become part of the North Country National Scenic Trail which runs from the Hudson River in New York State to the Missouri River in North Dakota. It is nationally recognized as one of the most scenic hiking trails in the Midwest.

We welcome you to become part of the enthusiast support group for this fine trail. Enjoy!!

Upcoming events (2)

Border Route Trail Association March Board Meeting - Visitors Welcome

We welcome you to join us at the March Border Route Trail Association Board Meeting. The BRTA board meetings are open to all those interested in hiking, maintaining, and promoting the trail. We welcome your insight and encourage any input to proposed improvements in our processes. Items for this month’s meeting agenda will include but not be limited to the following: A) Welcome to new attendees, approval of prior month’s minutes followed by treasurer’s report. B) Trip Reports C) Trail Conditions D) Upcoming Projects: ...1) Upcoming BRT recreational, recon, and maintenance trips . ...2) Review goals for 2019 and how we plan to accomplish them. ...3) Comments by board members and guests. Other items may be added to the agenda by contacting Brian Hanson, BRTA president, at [masked] .

Spring Border Rt Trl Recon Hikes

Otter Lake Campsite

This trip date will be contingent upon the snow being basically gone. The idea is to do recon hikes of hopefully both the eastern and western portions of the BRT outside of the BWCAW so that we can concentrate the May maintenance trips on those areas that are most in need of it. Travel & group food costs will be shared. Expect to be camping Thursday night and staying in a bunkhouse or cabin on Friday and Saturday nights. On Friday, we're planning on hiking the 12.4 mi. from the Otter Lk Rd eastern terminus of the BRT where it connects with the Superior Hiking Trl through to the McFarland Lk Trailhead on the Arrowhead Trl. We'll then drive to the Gunflint Trl for dinner at one of the resorts and bunkhouse lodging at either Loon Lake or Gunflint Lodges. On Saturday we're planning on hiking the 10.70 mi. from Loon Lk Lodge to Heston's Lodge followed by the 9.24 mi. from Heston's to the Gunflint Trl western terminus of the BRT where it connects with the Kekekabic Trl. Details as to lodging and/or camping will be posted in early April. If you have questions earlier than that please feel free to get in touch with me via Meetup. Thanks, Ed Solstad

Past events (354)

2019 Backpacking Season Kickoff

5121 McAndrews Road

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