...once a trail for firefighters...
The Kekekabic Trail is a rugged, 40-mile
interior trail and a point-to-point route that goes from the end of the Fernberg Road east of Ely near Snowbank
Lake to the Gunflint Trail. The trail almost connects to the Border Route
Trail, which is only a few miles down the Gunflint Trail.
Length: 40 miles (actually 38
Entry point: 56, 74
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(* GPS data added around 1994 by the Kekekabic Trail
Campsites: Most campsites along east half of trail
accessible from canoe routes; west half accessible only from trail.
Water: Some long stretches with few water sources; it's a good
idea to have an adequate water carrier.
Trip options: Entire trail: 4-6 days. However, additional
loop options near west end (see Snowbank Lake trail and Disappointment/Old Pines trail)
Features: Muller falls, solitude, beaver dams, gently rolling
Challenges: Rugged, hilly trail with a few steep places and beaver
dam crossings. Expect some difficulty in following some parts of the trail.
Clearcutting near west end totally obliterated parts of trail (although the tread is now
being established better.) Watch for flagging tape (ribbons) to mark the route in
History: Constructed in 1930s as an access trail for
firefighting and forest management. A fire tower once stood near Kekekabic Lake. Name
was derived from the Ojibwe "Keke-quabic" which means "Hawk's nest on the
Rescue: Almost lost from the trail inventory of the U.S. Forest
Service the "Kek Trail Club" is born. KTC
maintains the Kek Trail every year. Click
here to visit them. Kek Trail Club
Additional Information: Kekekabic Trail Guidebook