This is an intermediate level trip due to mileage just over 10 miles per day. I will however accept beginners who have successfully completed 1 trip with this group.
Friday May 17
We'll head up to Hatfield WI and meet at East Fork campground Friday evening and get campsites. These sites are available on walkup basis only, so there is a chance we'll have to hike into the woods and camp primitively Friday Night. Sean will arrive early in the day to secure a site for us, and if he us unsuccessful, will find a spot, setup camp, and return to the parking area to direct group members toward our site.
Saturday May 18
We'll get an early start and shuttle people over to the North Settlement Road parking area on Hwy O at the south end of the park. We'll hike a mixture of marked trails, snowmobile trails, and wilderness toward the flowages (Battle Point, Seventeen, Partrige Crop) at the northeastern end of the forest, about an 11 mile hike, where we'll find a spot to setup camp (not a campground).
Sunday May 19
It's another 11 mile hike out to the East Fork campground, where where we can retrieve vehicles and head home. We'll find some lunch along the way.
There are no trail alerts at this time. This trip may include backcountry, off trail hiking and offers remote primative camping. The meetup cost will be $5 for Saturday night and we'll split the costs of campsites and firewood etc. for Friday night. This area is nowhere near the proposed site of the worlds largest open pit Taconite mine.
A free Special Camp permit [PDF] (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/blackRiver/documents/BackpackPermit.pdf) is required and can be picked up at the Castle Mound Campground or the Black River Falls DNR Service Center.
A map of the forest is here. (http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/StateForests/blackRiver/documents/BlackRiverMap.pdf)
Backpackers must camp at least one mile away from your vehicle and 100 feet from any designated trail or road. You may park your vehicle in any trail or picnic area parking lot.