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Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Hiking Trail Information

Border Route Trail

The Border Route Trail is a 65-mile long hiking trail that crosses the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in the far northeast corner of Minnesota (Arrowhead) and follows the international border between Minnesota and Ontario, Canada. On the Eastern side, it connects with the Superior Hiking Trail and with the Kekekabic Trail on its western end at the Gunflint Trail (County Road 12). The Border Route Trail can also be accessed through several spur and connecting trails, allowing for hiking trips ranging from short day-hikes to multiple day backpacking expeditions. BWCA permits (Hiking Entry Points 81, 82, 83) are required.

The trail was planned and built in the early 1970's by the Minnesota Rovers with the DNR and US Forest Service.  Volunteer maintenance is currently managed by the Border Route Trail Association.

In March 2009, a bill was introduced to reroute the North Country Trail to include the Kekekabic Trail, the Border Route Trail, and the Superior Hiking Trail.


Campsites Along the Border Route Trail

Trail Conditions

Trail Clearing Volunteer Trips

Pigeon River Cliffs Preserve


Border Route Trail Maps

North Country Trail Overview

Superior Hiking Trail - Jackson Lake Road to Border Route Trail


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Hiking Trails:

Arrowhead State Trail

Bear Head State Park

Border Route Trail

Cascade River State Park

Eagle Mountain

The Grand Portage

Kekekabic Trail

Kelso Mountain Trail

Pincushion Mountain

North Shore State Trail

Superior Hiking Trail

Superior National Trails

Taconite State Trail

Related Links:

Hiking Books

Area Wildlife

Snow shoeing

Area Wildflowers

Hiking Discussion

Backpacking Survival Kit