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Spring 2017 Trail Clearing Schedule

Trip Type Name Dates Cost
Wilderness Topper Lake April 28 - May 1 $0
Wilderness Sock Lake May 4 - 7 $60
Wilderness Duncan Lake 1 May 11 - 14 $60
Wilderness Duncan Lake 2 May 18 - 21 $60
Wilderness Duncan Lake 3 May 26 - 29 $60

About Mechanized Trips

Trips depart from the Twin Cities the evening of the listed start date and return the evening of the listed end date. Sign up and pay for mechanized trips at the BRT Meetup Group website.

About Wilderness Trips

The wilderness sections of the Border Route Trail run above and along several border lakes and provide spectacular overlooks to those lakes. Trail clearing consists of removing brush and downed trees and in the wilderness is done with hand tools: crosscut saws, loppers, and scythes. Most trips travel up after work on Thursday and return on Sunday. Please note that the Memorial weekend trip leaves on Friday night and returns on Monday. All paddling equipment (Kevlar canoues; paddles; and PFDs) and tools will be provided. Once registrations start coming in, a trip organizing email will be sent out to set up carpooling arrangements, a food plan, a suggested personal gear list along with more information about the trip. Registration consists of selecting your trip, answering some basic experience questions, and reading and signing the liability waiver. Fee payment can be made by using a credit card payment to the BRTA PayPal account or by sending a check.

Contact Bob Westphal, Director of Wilderness Maintenance if you have questions about wilderness trail clearing or any of the trips gocbears@comcast.net

Trip Details

Topper Lake
Date: Friday April 28 - May 1
Type: Backpack in

Early Friday (28th) morning the crew will drive up to the an access trailhead, hike into the Topper Lake camp, setup a base camp, and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. to the west of the camp. Saturday and Sunday trail clearing will continue on the BRT. The crew will hike out on Monday and return home. You will be responsible for your own meals and an equal share of the carpooling transportation cost. There is no trip fee for this trip. Keep receipts for all of your trip related expenses that are not reimbursed as they are tax deductible. The trip will be limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Chris F. Sign up on the trip signup page

Sock Lake
Date: Thursday May 4 - Sunday May 7
Type: Hike-in

Thursday evening (4th) the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse or ranger cabin and stay overnight. Friday the crew will hike in to the BRT on the Topper Lake Cutoff trail and clear east from that junction and return to the bunkhouse/cabin. Trail clearing will continue on Saturday. The return home on Sunday. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back. Trip is limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Bob W.. Sign up on the trip signup page

Duncan Lake 1
Date: Thursday May 11 - Sunday May 14
Type: Canoe in

Thursday evening (11th) the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse or ranger cabin and stay overnight. Friday the crew will paddle from the “West” Bearskin landing to a campsite on Duncan Lake (includes a 1/4 mile portage), setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Trail clearing will continue on Saturday and the crew will paddled out and return home on Sunday. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back. Trip is limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Tom S.. Sign up on the trip signup page

Duncan Lake 2
Date: Thursday May 18 - Sunday May 21
Type: Canoe-in

Thursday evening (18th) the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse or ranger cabin and stay overnight. Friday the crew will paddle from the “West” Bearskin landing to a campsite on Duncan Lake (includes a 1/4 mile portage), setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Trail clearing will continue on Saturday and the crew will paddled out and return home on Sunday. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back. Trip is limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Bob W. Sign up on the trip signup page

Duncan Lake 3
Date: Friday May 26 - Monday May 29
Type: Canoe-in

Friday evening (26th) the crew will drive up to a bunkhouse or ranger cabin and stay overnight. Saturday the crew will paddle from the “West” Bearskin landing to a campsite on Duncan Lake (includes a 1/4 mile portage), setup a base camp and spend the rest of the day trail clearing on the BRT. Trail clearing will continue on Sunday and the crew will canoe out and return home on Monday. Tax deductible trip fee of $60 includes carpool transportation and food, with the exception of meals on the drive up and back. Trip is limited to 9 people.

For more information, contact Bob W. Sign up on the trip signup page

There will be an option to go up a day or two early to secure a campsite over this busy Memorial weekend. Contact Tom S if interested in this option.