“Open the Loop!” for the Powwow Trail

Outdoor enthusiasts are needed to restore the historic Powwow Trail in the BWCA wilderness. The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee (BWAC), an all-volunteer Minnesota nonprofit, provides training, hand tools, a gear list, and experienced crew leaders guide each trip from pre-meeting to return home.

BWAC volunteers cleared miles of trail this spring and we are close to our goal of making the entire loop navigable. Help us clear the remaining few miles of impassable trail and be one of the volunteers who will "Open the Loop!" in 2019.

Embrace the Adventure, Expect the Unexpected

  • We travel in wilderness - flexibility and tolerance for unknown conditions and weather is part of the adventure.

  • Routes may be revised closer to departure date as new information becomes available.

  • You should be in good physical shape for carrying your own gear and working full days.

Pending trips are scheduled but the details haven’t been worked out. Check back later or contact us if one of these trips interest you.

Powow Trail Status After Spring 2019 Clearing


cabin/Day trips

Cabin trips are a great introduction to trail clearing - especially if you’re not looking to sleep in a tent or haul gear. Day trips are spent clearing the entrance to the trail.


Canoeing Trips

All canoe trips have a combination of canoeing and hiking to your work site. Some are primarily canoeing while others involve long hikes after the paddle. Find the best fit for you through the trip descriptions.


backpacking Trips

Backpacking trips range from short hikes to long treks - there are options for all levels of backpackers. Find the best fit for you through the trip descriptions.

Have Trip Questions?

Message the trip’s crew leaders via Meetup.

Have other questions?

No problem - ask away through our Contact Us. We’d love to hear from you.

I’ve signed up, what’s next?

Check out the trip information.