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NCT: MN Segment 3 - Northeast Minnesota

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308.3 Miles 496.1 Kilometers


98%

Runnable

14,891' 4,539 m

Ascent

-14,820' -4,517 m

Descent

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

2,049' 625 m

High

1,270' 387 m

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Shared By Matthew Davis

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Run from the Chippewa National Forest through the Boundary Waters.

Matthew Davis

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The Kekekabic Trail and Border Route Trail require BWCAW permits. Learn more at recreation.gov/wildernessAr….

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This section of the NCT features off-road trail through the Chippewa National Forest, a roadwalk to Grand Rapids, follows the paved Mesabi Trail through the Iron Range, roadwalk to Snowbank Lake Rd., and then off-road trail through the Boundary Waters along the Kekekabic Trail and Border Route Trail.

The trail ranges from very easy (along the Mesabi Trail) to very rugged (along the Border Route Trail). The Kekekabic and Border Route Trails should only be attempted by experienced backpackers because of its remoteness and primitive nature.

Flora & Fauna

This is the quintessential Northwoods with a near boreal forest. You'll have a chance to see a moose in northeastern Minnesota. Learn more at dnr.state.mn.us/ecs/212/ind….

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Hey! I'm planning to run the Border Route Trail next Summer, was wondering if you had any suggestions/resources that could help me plan for it! Sep 23, 2017
Matthew Davis
Detroit Lakes, MN
Matthew Davis   Detroit Lakes, MN
J.h. Mendenhall - you should contact Stephen Regenold, a.k.a. the Gear Junkie as he ran the BRT several years ago. It was pretty tough. gearjunkie.com/border-route… Sep 25, 2017

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