A 32-mile hiking trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is restored after being devastated by the 2011 Pagami Creek Wildfire. The Powwow Trail on the southern edge of the wilderness, near Isabella, was deemed impassable and perhaps impossible to bring back to safe hiking condition. Undaunted, a group of dedicated volunteers working with the Superior National Forest have been hard at work to restore the trail.
WTIP’s Joe Friedrichs spoke with Martin Kubik for an update on the Powwow Trail. Kubik is the founder of the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee and a spirited advocate for hiking trails in the BWCA.
Now, after eight years of hard work, the 30-mile long BWCAW Powwow Hiking Trail — which burned almost entirely in the massive 2011 Pagami Creek forest fire — is nearly ready to see hikers again, and trail supporters are ready to celebrate. The event is set for Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Duluth Folks School, 1917 W Superior St. It’s free and open to the public.
Today: Martin Kubik, whose nonprofit Boundary Waters Advisory Committee is devoted to the trails of the lakes wilderness. The group is busy planning its spring maintenance work on the Powwow Trail, with projects by canoe, backpack — and cabin — in April and May.
The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) is celebrating 40 years since the BWCA Wilderness Act, and 40-year Vadnais Heights resident Martin Kubik wants to thank all the volunteers who have maintained the wilderness trails using handsaws over the last several decades.
A hiking trail is never done. Trees fall down, beavers build dams, bridges wash out, boardwalks disintegrate. Heavy snowstorms last winter clogged several northwoods trails with bent and broken trees badly enough that some are still being cleared.
Here’s a rundown of the maintenance and the people who give their time and bodies to keeping the trails clear.
As the wilderness regenerates following a fire, hikers seek reassurance that the Forest Service won't let the much-loved Powwow Trail fade away.
Minneapolis—Four backpackers, three men and one woman, successfully completed a four-day backpacking trip over the Pow Wow Trail, which burned five years ago in the Pagami Creek Fire, according to the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee (BWAC).
The Pow Wow Trail was once a popular trail with more than twice as many overnight permits as the Sioux Hustler Trail further north, according to Kubik, but the number of overnight permits issued for the Pow Wow Trail dropped by nearly 90 percent in the years since the Pagami Creek Fire.
The Boundary Waters Advisory Committee announced three men and one woman, successfully completed a four day backpacking trip over the Pow Wow Trail burned five years ago in the Pagami Creek Fire.
To really appreciate the wilderness, sometimes you have to leave the fishing rod, gun and boat behind. And, of course, the people. There aren’t many places where that’s possible in half-decent weather in Minnesota, unless you want to bushwhack. The Pow Wow Trail is one such place.
Boundary Waters Advisory Commission president, Matin Kubik, is passionate about bringing the Pow Wow Trail back, “Even if it takes a generation.” At a meeting in Duluth on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, the USFS and the commission put their heads together to help make it happen.
Kubik and a coalition of hiker’s groups are going to hike a portion of the Pow Wow Trail this Labor Day weekend to survey the trail and see how much work needs to be done to keep it clear. Outdoor writer Dave Orrick offers his perspective on their efforts in the Pioneer Press, and you can learn more about the Bring Back the Pow Wow Campaign HERE, on meetup.com.
Expressing concerns over the possible closing of the Pow Wow hiking trail in Superior National Forest, representatives of nine hiking, outdoor and environmental groups have signed a letter to Superior National Forest supervisor Jim Sanders requesting to keep the 30-mile trail on the hiking trail list.