Paddle from the sand beach at Lake One to the west side of the Powwow Trail. Then hike 3.5 miles to Mirror Lake where we will set up basecamp and clear trail toward Superstition Lake.
Hike 11 miles from the Powwow trailhead to mysterious Superstition Lake. See over one-third of the historic trail. Pick up clearing where 2018 crews left off, and rendezvous Sunday afternoon with a BWAC crew moving south on the same route.
Canoe through six classic boundary waters lakes, then backpack a final mile to set up camp and work in the dense jack pine forest along North & South Wilder creek.
Hike 8.5 miles from the Powwow trailhead north and west towards rugged South Wilder Lake, where the final 2018 crew left off. Mark and clear trail through thick new jack pine growth in a section that has not seen hikers since 2016.
This very demanding trail clearing trip will clear the densest jack pine growth on the Powwow Trail. Our mission is canoe about 10 miles to BWCAW interior and then to dispatch treefalls and new growth on about 0.5 to 1 mile of overgrown trail using hand saws and loppers. It maybe painful but through your unselfish investment in time you will create a tangible wilderness value for the society.
Possibly stay Friday night in an area cabin, followed by a trail-clearing day trip on Saturday. Open the path for spring crews and summer hikers. Return to Duluth Saturday evening.
Express interest to join a day-trip crew to clear a section of the Powwow Trail. The resulting work will ease the way for future overnight clearing crews.
Stay Friday night in an area cabin, followed by a trail-clearing day trip on Saturday. Open the path for spring crews and summer hikers. Return to the Twin Cities Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
Hike the Powwow trailhead to west of the “wye”, past Marathon and Diana Lake. Tackle new tree falls from the winter storms. Clear to Campfire Lake.
This crew will hike from the trailhead and set up a basecamp west of the “wye.” We will remove trees that have fallen since this section of trail was last cleared in May 2018.
Express interest to join a 4-person crew to flag a two mile section of the Powwow Trail. The trip will be demanding but rewarding. The resulting marked path will permit trail clearing crews in May to focus on the trail clearing instead of trail finding.
Missed the April 11 Training at Midwest Mountaineering? You have an opportunity for a make up on April 16 at Frost River. Conveniently located only two hours drive on I-35 in Duluth north of Twin Cities, it is more than an traditional canvas, leather and brass bags store. It is also a heaven for lay camping gear sewers (?) with more than 20 industrial sewing machines in the manufacturing area where the workshop will be held. I And if you live in Duluth, it is even closer! Join us!
This is the required meet & greet and gear check hike for:
April 25-29 "Early season backpack trip: Powwow Trail Restoration" led by Susan Pollock and Siobhan Quinn
May 9-13 "Powwow Trail Clearing by Backpacking and Canoe," led by Paul Stelter and Susan Pollock.
No experience is required for this fun opportunity to help create the 4th annual backpacking kickoff, sponsored by the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee (BWAC).
Meet experienced crew leaders and learn what it takes to be part of a clearing crew on the historic Powwow Trail in the Superior National Forest. First-time visitors to experienced visitors of the Boundary Waters are all welcome.
Join BWAC at the REI Bloomington flagship store to meet crew leaders, hear about a day in the life of a trail volunteer, and learn more about visiting this remote and beautiful Powwow Trail in 2019.
Volunteers are needed the evening of February 5 to help with the 2019 Boundary Waters Advisory Committee (BWAC) Annual Meeting. No backpack or sunscreen is required to help out at this event.