Hike and Clear the Pow Wow Trail to Campfire Lake
Oct
16
to Oct 20

Hike and Clear the Pow Wow Trail to Campfire Lake

We will depart the Twin Cities area on Wednesday afternoon and drive 4-5 hours to the Pow Wow trailhead. We will backpack a mile in Wednesday night, and will hike the remaining seven miles to our work area Thursday. Friday and Saturday we will clear as a crew. We will begin clearing west of Lake Diana and will clear toward Campfire Lake. Sunday morning we will admire our handiwork, then hike out and enjoy the work of those who went before us as we walk back to the trailhead. We will then drive back to the Twin Cities metro area.

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Day Trip Trail Clearing on the Powwow Trail
Oct
25
to Oct 27

Day Trip Trail Clearing on the Powwow Trail

New to the Boundary Waters or don't have the time or equipment for a backpacking trip this fall? We will spend a full day Saturday hiking and clearing. Our goal for this trip will be to clear any treefalls within the first four miles from the trailhead, in addition to removing all the encroaching brush along this section. This is a great way to get an introduction to the Boundary Waters and make some new friends, all while making a meaningful contribution to maintaining the Powwow Trail!

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BWAC 2019 Volunteer Recognition Dinner: Be Our Guest
Nov
6
6:00 PM18:00

BWAC 2019 Volunteer Recognition Dinner: Be Our Guest

Boundary Waters Advisory Committee 2019 trail clearing volunteers, you are invited to join BWAC at the 2019 volunteer recognition event this November 6 at REI Bloomington.

• Dickie's Barbecue Pit catered dinner
• re-connect with your crew-mates
• slide show with photos from all 24 trips to the Powwow in 2019
• re-cap of BWAC's hard-earned accomplishments on the Powwow Trail

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Visit Us At Outdoor Adventure Expo
Nov
22
to Nov 24

Visit Us At Outdoor Adventure Expo

Visit with members of the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee at the Fall Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Expo.

Get trail information, learn about volunteer opportunities and learn how you can do your part to advocate for wilderness trails in the Boundary Waters. You can make a difference for the wilderness, take time to browse dozens of vendors and sale merchandise at the Expo, and support one of BWAC's sponsors, Midwest Mountaineering.

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Frost River/BWAC Day Trip Clean up on the Powwow Trail
Oct
12
6:30 AM06:30

Frost River/BWAC Day Trip Clean up on the Powwow Trail

Take a part in the miracle on the BWCAW Powwow Trail! Powwow is coming back to hiker use with help of volunteers. We will clear several miles of the path from the trail head going north toward Pose Lake. Last fall there were roughly 400 treefalls in a three mile long segment of the trail. Volunteer crews worked hard in May and September to clear numerous treefalls and jack pines. We will focus on new treefalls and remove brush crowding the trail.

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How Volunteers Saved the BWCAW Powwow Trail (and You Can Too and Hike It)
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

How Volunteers Saved the BWCAW Powwow Trail (and You Can Too and Hike It)

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in addition to being a canoeists’ heaven, also has more than 200 miles of hiking and backpacking trails. These trails offer unparalleled solitude and freedom from busy city life. Most of these trails are maintained by volunteers. BWA Committee volunteers have an incredible story to tell about saving the 30 mile long BWCAW Powwow Hiking Trail, burned almost entirely in the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire. Now, eight years later, the Powwow has been saved thanks to hundreds of volunteers, both novice and experienced wilderness trippers, who ventured and camped on the trail sawing dead falls and new jack pine growth. Hear their story and learn what needs to be done to completely rehabilitate the Powwow for backpackers like you, and how to hike it in 2020.

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Powwow Trail Circumnavigation: trail conditions and campsite survey Oct. 10-13
Oct
10
to Oct 13

Powwow Trail Circumnavigation: trail conditions and campsite survey Oct. 10-13

The 2019 Powwow circumnavigation and survey trip is reserved for participants who have already volunteered on a BWAC Powwow trail clearing trip.

Our crew will circumnavigate the entire Powwow Trail, surveying for sections needing priority clearing and creating waypoints for trail highlights. We will confirm GPS locations of the known campsite fire grates and record the number of tent pads, standing hazard trees, and water access information at each site. If time and conditions allow we will locate and clear a corridor to the South Wilder Lake campsite.

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BWCA Wilderness Trail Clearing Training Workshop
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

BWCA Wilderness Trail Clearing Training Workshop

Interested in helping to restore the BWCA Powwow Trail for hikers and backpackers like you? This one hour workshop will make you familiar with wilderness trail clearing topics: cutting treefalls safely, trail clearing standards, participant and team expectations, proper clothing and gear for the trip, goals, food and itinerary. The workshop is intended for volunteers on October 12 day trip to clean up first several miles of the Powwow Trail, but participants are encouraged to inquire about other outings in October as well.

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Day Trip Trail Clearing on the Powwow Trail
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Day Trip Trail Clearing on the Powwow Trail

New to the Boundary Waters or don't have the time or equipment for a backpacking trip this fall? We will spend a full day Saturday hiking and clearing. Our goal for this trip will be to clear any treefalls within the first four miles from the trailhead, in addition to removing all the encroaching brush along this section. This is a great way to get an introduction to the Boundary Waters and make some new friends, all while making a meaningful contribution to maintaining the Powwow Trail!

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How Volunteers Saved the BWCAW Powwow Trail (and You Can Too)
Sep
25
6:00 PM18:00

How Volunteers Saved the BWCAW Powwow Trail (and You Can Too)

The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in addition to being a canoeists’ heaven, also has more than 200 miles of hiking and backpacking trails. These trails offer unparalleled solitude and freedom from busy city life. Most of these trails are maintained by volunteers. BWA Committee volunteers have an incredible story to tell about saving the 30 mile long BWCAW Powwow Hiking Trail, burned almost entirely in the 2011 Pagami Creek Fire. Now, eight years later, the Powwow has been saved thanks to hundreds of volunteers, both novice and experienced wilderness trippers, who ventured and camped on the trail sawing dead falls and new jack pine growth. Hear their story and learn what needs to be done to completely rehabilitate the Powwow for backpackers like you, and how to hike it in 2020.

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Western Powwow Clearing by Backpack - Are you Superstitious?
Sep
12
to Sep 16

Western Powwow Clearing by Backpack - Are you Superstitious?

Want to see more of the trail by foot? Join Zach and Dimitris as we hike from the trailhead toward the wild western edge of the Powwow and mysterious Superstition Lake. The hike to the worksite is 11 miles in a rapidly recovering post-fire wilderness. We will hike through two of the surviving stands of pre-fire growth on our way to clear newly flagged trail near Superstition Lake.

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Powwow Trail Clearing by Canoe (North Wilder Lake Area)
Aug
29
to Sep 2

Powwow Trail Clearing by Canoe (North Wilder Lake Area)

Join us on this 4 day backcountry trail clearing combining canoeing and backpacking. We will be paddling through 6 unique lakes before ending with a mile hike to set up camp on North Wilder Lake. We will be working to clear a part of the trail that is very difficult for through hikers to pass with all the current treefalls.

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Meet & Greet + Gear Shakedown Hike w/ Zach and Dimitris
Aug
25
1:00 PM13:00

Meet & Greet + Gear Shakedown Hike w/ Zach and Dimitris

This is the required meet & greet and gear check hike for:

• Sept 12-26 "Western Powwow Clearing by Backpack - Are you Superstitious?" led by Zach Thorson and Dimitris Zermas.

Part of the meeting/hike will be logistics for the above trip, but others are welcome to come along to walk with us and to go over gear choices.

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North Mississippi Regional Park--crew hike, logistics, and gear party
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

North Mississippi Regional Park--crew hike, logistics, and gear party

"Hidden behind the I-94 freeway wall, the North Mississippi Regional Park offers spectacular views of the Mississippi River and the surrounding woods and prairie."

This event is the crew hike and meeting for the September 19-23, 2019 canoe-in to Powwow Trail west side. Others are welcome to join us to learn more about volunteering for wilderness trails with BWAC and for an evening walk along the Mississippi River.

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Northern Hyland Park Reserve Hike
Aug
17
9:00 AM09:00

Northern Hyland Park Reserve Hike

  • 9140 East Bush Lake Road Minneapolis, MN, 55438 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for a walk through some of the less busy trails of Hyland Lakes Park Reserve. This is a great opportunity to just get out and hike, or to learn more about helping maintain trails in the BWCAW. This hike will pass through hilly sections of oak with mixed prairie and ponds throughout in a less developed northern loop of the park.

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Hike the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Trails
Aug
17
8:00 AM08:00

Hike the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Trails

  • 9921 Hanson Boulevard Northwest Coon Rapids, MN, 55433 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This will be the required training hike for the North Wilder Labor Day Weekend trail clearing trip. For those attending the North Wilder Labor Day weekend trip please bring your full pack. We will be having a gear check. All others Bring trail shoes, a snack, and at least one liter of water.
All members and guests are welcome.

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The Art of Giving (or Flag the last full mile of Powwow Trail)
Aug
16
to Aug 19

The Art of Giving (or Flag the last full mile of Powwow Trail)

  • Forest Center, Stony River Township, MN (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Be a part of a select crew that will flag the last mile of the Powwow Trail for fall clearing. The one mile segment from Superstition to south of the Mirror Lake has been flagged but jack pines have done their best to obscure the marking. We need you, the unstoppable human dynamo, the determined volunteer, to go into the wild and do what needs to be done.

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City Walk, Wilderness Thoughts || Mississippi River Bridges Hike
Aug
10
8:00 AM08:00

City Walk, Wilderness Thoughts || Mississippi River Bridges Hike

  • 2500 West River Parkway Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Boundary Waters Advisory Committee volunteers invite you to think about visiting--and being a part of stewarding--Minnesota's gift of the BWCAW. Neighbors and friends and people like you who are reading this posting, are volunteering for a long weekend to transform a fire-damaged wilderness trail into the destination hike it once was.

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See Yourself Hiking in the Boundary Waters - Fall Trips & Meet the Crew Leaders
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

See Yourself Hiking in the Boundary Waters - Fall Trips & Meet the Crew Leaders

Are you looking to discover the wilderness and what you are made of? Consider becoming a conservation volunteer on Boundary Waters Powwow Trail. The BWA Committee (BWAC) presentation is about affordable opportunities to help the US Forest Service maintain a wilderness trail.

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Banning and Kettle River - Hike the Best Kept Secret State Park in Minnesota
Aug
3
8:00 AM08:00

Banning and Kettle River - Hike the Best Kept Secret State Park in Minnesota

Banning State Park - the little gem with Kettle runs through it. Join us first for a social breakfast at Peggy Sue's cafe at Willow River (exit 205 off I-35). After breakfast we will drive and meet at the picnic parking lot at Banning State Park. A brief safety talk and we will depart on a challenging hike along the precipices, under the overhangs carved from sandstone dotted with miniature fern and moss gardens kept green and glistening by droplets of water tricking from cracks in stone. After a mile we will climb up on trail hike along the river in hope of reaching Wolfe Creek water falls and then return via old rail road bed to the parking lot.

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Mission to North Frontier - Clear South Wilder to North Wilder
May
9
to May 13

Mission to North Frontier - Clear South Wilder to North Wilder

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.

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