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Hike and Clear the Pow Wow Trail to Campfire Lake


Be part of the final team that will be clearing the Pow Wow trail in 2019! Experience autumn on the trail and make a difference that hikers will appreciate - making the wilderness trail accessible because of your stewardship of the outdoors.


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.

Difficulty and Prerequisites

You need to be in good physical condition, an amiable team member, and willing to endure hardships and share tasks. You will need to limit the weight of your backpack to 30-34 pounds. Fall in the Boundary Waters can be beautiful and often makes for good hiking conditions, but days are short, nights can be cold, and weather is unpredictable. Parts of the trail will be wet, boggy, uneven, covered up, rocky, or all of the above. BWAC will arrange a free wilderness permit but all permit rules and regulations will need to be followed.

-- A hike in the Twin Cities metro area will be arranged in September on a date when the full crew is available, to meet each other, talk through expectations and conditions of fall travel in the wilderness, check gear, and review gear expectations.

-- Registration and fee payment will be made electronically through Meetup and is required in advance. We will carpool and split gas between participants.

Duration: Wednesday afternoon through Sunday evening

Gear and Food: Gear list is here ( There is an opportunity to share some group gear: stove, steripen, water filter, etc. You will need hiking boots, backpack, sleeping bag, tent, lightweight rain gear and clothing. Food: snack and water for the drive up; 3 trail dinners, 4 trail breakfasts, 4 trail lunches; snacks for the duration.

Important small print: Participants will need to sign a liability and photo waiver. Trip is free of pets and tobacco. Cell phone in airplane mode only. Subject to BWAC trip rules, i.e. trip leaders can deny participation to any one for any or no reason.