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Trail Conditions inside BWCAW Report June 2015

The most recent trail condition report posted here is current as of the completion of the spring 2015 trail clearing trips in May 2015.

Trail condition changes are subject to forces of nature and can occur at anytime. Please be cautious if you have to go off trail to get around tree falls as the terrain can be very uneven. Brush grow back will normally take 3 or 4 years before it obstructs the trail.

McFarland Lake Segment
  • • The McFarland segment from the eastern BWCAW boundary to the McFarland/East Pike portage was cleared in early October 2014. Note: a serious crawl under blockage just up the trail from the Arrowhead Trail road reentry was also cleared in the non-wilderness segment leading to the east boundary of the BWCAW.
Pine Lake segment
  • • This segment from the McFarland/ East Pike portage to the Pine/ West Pike portage was partially cleared in early October 2014. Clearing of the entire segment was completed in May 2015.
West Pike Lake/ Gogebic Lake Segment
  • • This segment from the Pine/West Pike portage to the west end of the Clearwater/West Pike portage was cleared in May 2015 with the exception of brushing needed of the 1.32 miles east from the V29 overlook (overlook of the West Pike island from south of the island).
Clearwater Lake Segment
  • • This segment from the west end of the Clearwater/ West Pike portage to the junction with the Daniels Lake access trail was cleared in May 2012.
  • • In May 2015 we started clearing from the west Clearwater camp trail junction east. A tree fall sweep was completed to 2.02 miles east of the junction (about halfway to the Clearwater/Mountain portage. Brushing was completed 1.21 miles east from the camp trail junction to the V22 overlook (first of two) above the west end of Watap Lake with a view across Rove Lake to the west.
  • • The 0.30 mi. West Clearwater camp trail was fully cleared in May 2015.
Rove Lake Segment
  • • This segment of the BRT goes west from the West Clearwater camp trail junction to the Daniels Lake trail junction. It was last cleared in May 2012. There is a May 2015 report of a tree fall blockage somewhere in this segment.
Long Portage Segment
  • • This segment of the BRT is shared with the long portage between Rose Lake and Rove Lake. It was tree fall cleared in April 2012 and brushed in June 2012.
  • • This segment of the trail can become partially covered by water if there have been heavy rains or snow melt in the area. This also can occur if there is beaver activity, which was reported in October 2014.
Rose Lake East Segment
  • • The entire segment from Stairway portage east to the Long portage was cleared and brushed in May 2013.
Rose Lake West Segment
  • • In May 2013, the segment was cleared from the Stairway portage to 0.30 miles west of the portage.
  • •In May 2014, the segment was cleared from Stairway portage to the South Lake trail. There wasn’t much work between the South Lake trail and the Partridge Camp trail. The access spurs to the iconic Rose Cliffs Spire and its west facing photo shoot location were reopened.
  • •The Partridge Camp trail was cleared in July, 2012.
  • •The surface roots of the dead tree on the west side of the bridge at Stairway portage were removed in May 2014 to eliminate the tripping/sliding hazard.
Mucker Lake/ Sock lake segment
  • • This segment from the junction with the South Lake trail west to the flow from Mucker Lake has one tree fall and needs to be brushed. From the Mucker Lake flow to the Sock Lake camp trail was cleared of tree falls in May 2013 along with some brushing. More brushing is needed. From the Sock Lake camp trail junction to the Topper Lake Cutoff trail junction was cleared and brushed in May 2013. Several tree falls were cleared between the Topper Lake cutoff junction and the Mucker Lake flow in May 2014.
Topper Lake segment
  • • The trail from the junction with the Topper Lake cutoff trail to the junction of with the Crab Lake trail was cleared in October 2011.
  • •In early May, 2015 a tree fall sweep was completed from the Topper Lake camp trail to the Crab Lake trail junction. This is the one area in spring 2015 that the ticks were really bad (only saw wood ticks). A small amount of brushing was done from this junction east. A small distance of both tree fall sweep and brushing was complete from the Topper Lake camp junction east. There are a small number of step over trees to the Topper Lake cutoff junction. The entire segment needs brushing, especially on the west end where Poplar trees are thriving in the burned area blocking the view to the north.
Crab Lake segment
  • • The trail from the junction of the Crab Lake trail west past the junction with the Crab Lake cutoff trail to the western Boundary of the BWCAW was cleared in July 2012.
  • •A Border Route Trail sign was installed at the junction with the Crab Lake Cutoff Trail in July 2012

Access Trails

Daniels Lake Trail
  • • This trail was last cleared in 2010. A scouting report from September 2011 indicates the trail is still clear with the exception of three small tree falls between the trailhead and the BWCAW boundary.
  • • This trail can have standing water in old ruts between the trail head and where it turns north due to snow melt or heavy rains.
Caribou Rock Trail
  • • The trail from the Duncan/Stairway Portage north to the Stairway portage was cleared in May 2012.
  • • It has been reported in October 2014 that there are tree falls on this trail, but none blocking the trail. The non-wilderness section of the trail was cleared in May 2015.
Mucker Lake Trail
  • • The Mucker Lake trail beyond the junction with the Topper Lake Cutoff trail was scouted in May 2013. It was clear with the exception of having to work around flooding from snow melt. This part of the Mucker lake trail is not being maintained by the BRTA.
  • •The Topper Lake Cutoff was cleared May 2014.
  • •In early May 2015, the last two northern sections of the board walk on the Topper Lake Cutoff are broken at the cross member where the two are joined. A beaver dam has been constructed up against the southern two sections of the boardwalk with several loose sticks laying on the boardwalk. It looked like a large amount of water came through the area and wiped out the ability of the dam to hold back water.
  • • This trail can have standing water in old ruts at the trail head due to snow melt or heavy rains. This was nearly dry in May 2015.
South Lake Trail
  • • The South Lake trail was cleared in May 2014. The trail was rerouted back to its original tread to avoid a water collection area near the junction with the BRT. The tread was also rerouted back to its original tread to avoid an area south of the Partridge camp, where the lake shore was eroded causing the tread to cross bare roots. There is still a 10 foot section of the tread toward the lower end of Partridge Lake that can be under water if the lake level is high.
Moss Lake Trail
  • • The Moss lake trail is entirely outside the BWCA. It connects the South Lake Trail and the Caribou Rock Trail to form a hiking loop that can start either from the South Lake trailhead or the Caribou Rock trailhead and return to the originating trailhead. Initial construction was completed in 2014 with final construction completed in May 2015.
Crab Lake Trail
  • • The Crab lake trail from the trailhead to the BWCAW boundary (non-wilderness section) was tree fall cleared in June 2014 by Loon Lake Lodge following some heavy winds.
  • •The Crab Lake Cutoff trail needs brushing
  • •The Crab Lake trail from the split with the Crab Lake Cutoff to the junction with the BRT was cleared of many tree falls and brushed in May 2013