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The Trail

The Border Route Trail is a 65-mile long hiking trail that crosses the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in the far northeast corner of Minnesota (Arrowhead) and follows the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. It was the first long-distance, wilderness backpacking and hiking trail in Minnesota planned and constructed by volunteers. Read more...

Trail Clearing

The BRT is completely volunteer maintained. The BRTA organizes trail clearing trips in the spring and fall to to keep the trail in good condition, and new volunteers are always needed. Read more...

The BRT Association

The trail was planned and built in the early 1970's by the Minnesota Rovers Outing Club with the help of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the US Forest Service. The Border Route Trail Association was incorporated in 2004 to coordinate the maintenance and increase public awareness of the trail. Read more...


BRT affected by recent storms

Many sections of the BRT are in poor condition due to severe storms last winter and this summer. More details

Support the BRT

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T-shirts for sale

We now have BRT T-shirts for sale, take a look!

Announcement archive

BRT Meetup Group

Join our Meetup Group to see past and upcoming activites, post trip photos, read the discussion forum, and recieve email updates about the BRT!