Community radio WTIP recently spoke with trail advocate Martin Kubik about the plans of his organization, the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, for trail maintenance in our area.
BWAC has an ongoing recruitment effort for volunteers who want to help clear the PowWow Trail, which was significantly damaged by the Pagami Creek Wildfire in Lake County in 2011. The PowWow Trail is a loop trail of about 25 miles, from a trail to an old logging camp, Forest Center.
Kubik tells WTIP that the best times for trail clearing are right after the snow melts and “before the bugs come out,” so trail work should start in May. Other clearing expeditions will be offered in the fall.
Kubik said BWAC is also in talks with the US Forest Service to possibly work on other trails in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area wilderness. Kubik said possible trails to add to the BWAC mission would be the Sioux Hustler Trail or the Brule Lake Trail near Eagle Mountain. He said the first step would be to walk the trail to assess the needs there.
WTIP also spoke to Kubik about some of his historic trail work, such as the Angleworm Trail in the Ely area. Kubik said it’s been a while since he’s visited this trail, but said, “You know, I have to put this on my to-do list.”
Kubik has been instrumental in clearing trails on the Kekakabic Trail which stretches approximately 39 miles from Snowbank Road near Ely to the western terminus of the Gunflint Trail in the Grand Marais. He led efforts to clear the trail after straight-line winds in July 1999 downed thousands of trees in the wild.
Kubik said the trail is now maintained by the North Country Trail organization. However, he has fond memories of working and hiking the Kek. He hopes to hike this trail again one day, but jokes that it would take much longer than in the past.
If anyone wants to learn more about the Boundary Waters Advisory Committee and trail opportunities, visit the BWAC website.
Here’s WTIP’s Rhonda Silence with the conversation with trail advocate Martin Kubik.