About the Chapter:
The Kekekabic Trail Chapter is dedicated to preserving and maintaining backpacking trails of the Superior National Forest and Boundary Waters Canoe Area.
Because of its remote nature and frequent natural disturbances, the Kek needs a lot of annual maintenance and spring trail clearing trips are the normal vehicle for making that happen. Fortunately, it’s not hard to recruit volunteers to participate in these trips as people love visiting the BWCAW and helping out when someone else organizes the logistics.
Be sure to check the links below to connect with us and learn how you can get involved!
Join our Chapter! Become a member of the NCTA, join a Chapter and select Kekekabic Trail Chapter here: northcountrytrail.org/membership
Need some help visualizing the Kek? Here is a one-minute video by Nick about a clearing trip.
Trek the Kek! article by Deb Campbell (featured in the North Star magazine, Volume 38, Issue 3)
Backpacking the Kekekabic Trail in the Boundary Waters blog post by Erik Birkeland
Purchase the Kekekabic Trail Guide in our Trail Shop.
View this area of the Trail on our online map
- Kekekabic Trail Conditions Report, September 2019
- Kek Chapter Trip and Trail Clearing Handbook (PDF)
- 2019 Kek Trail Clearing Trip Registration Form (PDF)
- 2019 Kek Trail Clearing Trip Information Sheet (PDF)
- Recruitment Poster (PDF)
The Kekekabic Trail Chapter is responsible for the 41 miles of the Kekekabic Trail/NCT in northeastern Minnesota between the Border Route Trail/NCT and the Snowbank Lake Rd.
Click the Kekekabic Trail map above to see a summary of trail conditions for each section.
West End Day Hike: Hike in from the trailhead on Snowbank Lake Road as far as you’d like and then turn around. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness boundary is at 5.2 miles in, which makes for a long day. (Map)
East End Day Hike: Hike in from the trailhead on the Gunflint Trail (CR-12) as far as you’d like and then turn around. You’ll see evidence of historic iron mining exploration activities near Mine Lake. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness boundary is at 2.7 miles in and there are two great campsites on Bingshick Lake, which makes for an easy overnight. You can also hike the Centennial Trail back to the parking area from the junction to add an additional 0.9 miles. (Map)