...scenic vistas of the border lakes...
The BRT is a rugged
backpacking trail, traversing some of the most scenic areas on the BWCA. This 75
mile point-to-point trail is within the Superior National Forest with more than half
within the BWCA. The trail connects the Kek trail with the Superior Hiking
Trail. All but the 10 miles east of the Superior trail is maintained. Access
is from the Gunflint Trail or Arrowhead Trail.
81 (west), 82 (center), 83 (east)
Fisher Maps # F12 - 13 - 14, Also see the Border Route Guidebook.
Campsites: Few campsites exclusively for backpackers, many
sites shared with canoe campers. Anticipate making your own camp if the one you want
is not available.
Water: Long stretches with no water access. Side trips on
canoe portages are often necessary.
Trip options: Seven access points along this stretch,
providing anywhere from a 7-mile day hike to a 65 mile backpacking expedition.
Features: Very scenic - high cliff overlooks, lakes, streams,
waterfalls, old growth pines.
Challenges: Rugged, rocky trail; high, sometimes steep, hills;
hard to follow in places; long shuttle may be required for some routes.
Additional Information: Border Route Guidebook available
from the MN Rovers (651) 257-7324