The 41-mile Kekekabic Trail is a true back country hiking experience through Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and it picks up where the Border Route Trail leaves off.
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Along the Trail
At the northern end of the Gunflint Trail, at a paved county road traveling north out of Grand Marais, hikers can enter the Kekekabic Trail and hike southwest toward Ely. The Kekekabic travels through remote wilderness areas and should only be attempted by experienced hikers with knowledge of map and compass navigation. The trail is managed and maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers with the help of the National Forest Service.
The Kekekabic Trail is a one of a kind wilderness trail for experienced backcountry hikers. However, this day hike is a good way to get to know the “Kek” without venturing too far into the wilderness.
Boundary Waters Day Hike: 6.2 Miles
Start at the Gunflint Trail (Cook County Road 12) Kekekabic trailhead and hike to the Bingshick Lake Campsite and back. Enjoy historic mine sites, views of scenic lakes, and get a glimpse of the Boundary Waters on this well-maintained and well-traveled section of the famed “Kek”.