- Estimated Cost: $55
- Deposit: $55
- Max Trip Size: 12 people
“It’s fun, it’s great exercise, it makes you feel good, and the scenics and camaraderie are unbeatable.” Join members of the Border Route Trail Association for an early spring trip to the Pigeon River Section of the BRT. We’ll leave from the van pool meeting spot at 3701 Pillsbury Ave. So., Mpls with a stop in Duluth for dinner followed by a drive up the North Shore to the McFarland Lake campground on the east end of the BRT.
This part of the trail hugs the Canadian border, with incredible views from the ridges overlooking the Royal and Pigeon River valleys. Along with some of the best scenics in the Upper Midwest, you’ll be treated to great food and camaraderie such that you’ll be ready to immediately sign up for the next trip.
Over the three days we plan to do dead-fall sweeps from our McFarland Lake camp ground and heading east along the ridge overlooking the valley of the Royal River to the Stump River bridge. We’ve received reports of a fair number of deadfalls from a late fall storm. We’ll split up into two crews with one chain saw and two brush-cutters per crew followed by 3 to 4 people per crew to throw the cut items off the trail to the side.
Beginners are welcome as long as they’ve had camping experience and can hike up to 6 to 7 miles per day over occasionally rugged terrain with altitude variations up to 450 ft. Certified saw operators, brush-cutter operators and BRTA crew chiefs receive priority.
Estimated cost: $55. Deposit: $55. Max trip size: 12.