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Trail Conditions inside BWCAW Report June 2, 2013

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 east half of the McFarland segment from the eastern BWCAW boundary west 1.5 miles was cleared in June 2012.
  • • The west half of the segment was cleared in August 2012.
Pine Lake segment
  • • This segment from the McFarland/ East Pike portage to the Pine/ West Pike portage was cleared in May 2011
  • • A hiker reported in May 2013 that brush was encroaching on the tread in this segment.
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 July 2012.
  • • New pit toilets were completed at both campsites on Gogebic Lake in summer 2012.
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
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.
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
  • • The trail from the Stairway portage to the junction with the Partridge Lake camp trail was cleared in May and August 2011. In May 2013, the segment was cleared from the Stairway portage to 0.30 miles west of the portage.
  • • The Partridge Camp trail was cleared in July, 2012.
  • • The BRT from the Partridge Camp trail junction to the South Lake Trail junction was cleared in July, 2012.
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.
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.
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 that tree falls have blocked the trail about a half mile in from the trailhead. Expect to clear this in early September. 9/14/2012 update: these tree falls plus others were cleared 9/9/2012 so the entire access trail was cleared in 2012.
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.
  • • The Topper Lake Cutoff was cleared October 2011.
  • • This trail can have standing water in old ruts at the trail head due to snow melt or heavy rains. This was dry in May 2013.
South Lake Trail
  • • The South Lake trail was cleared in 2010. A report from July 2012 indicates that there is some brush growth and there may be some tread damage from the heavy rain in May 2012. In May 2013, it was observed that there is a short segment of tread erosion. The tread has become widened by foot traffic to avoid the problem.
  • • • Due to snow melt and heavy rain, a pond forms in the upper third of this trail covering a short segment of the trail. In May 2013, the water was knee deep on the south end and ankle deep on the north end of the under water segment. The pond extends into the trees and brush to the west of the trail for an undetermined distance. This can be worked around by bushwhacking along the east side of the trail which is elevated about three feet above the trail.
Crab Lake Trail
  • • The Crab lake trail from the trailhead to the BWCAW boundary was cleared in May 2012
  • • 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 treefalls and brushed in May 2013.