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Mission Statement

The purposes of this Corporation shall be to:

  1. Act as a charitable organization to support the maintenance and long term preservation of public works such as the Border Route Trail and other public hiking, backpacking, and cross country ski trails;
  2. Provide education:
    1. on the development of leadership and self-reliance skills necessary to lead trail maintenance trips as aid and encouragement to interested persons;
    2. in the form of information and training regarding:

i. wilderness and trail safety

ii. wilderness first aid

iii. trail maintenance techniques

iv. the operation and care of trail maintenance equipment

    1. with regard to appreciation and conservation of the natural environment as it concerns these trails,
    2. on outdoor and wilderness experiences involving the Border Route Trail and other trails as an introduction or advancement to organizational members and/or the general public.


What may you ask is the Border Route Trail.

For those of you that may not know its background, the BRT is a 65 mile hiking trail in the northeastern tip of Minnesota that connects the Superior Hiking Trail on the east with the Kekekabic Trail on the west with the center 38 miles transversing the eastern section of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It was designed and constructed by volunteer Rover trail crews between 1972 and 1980. It was intended that the BRT become the ultimate scenic trail in the Upper Midwest. With its multitude of panoramic vistas overlooking the lakes and rivers of the BWCAW and adjoining lands, it succeeds admirably. We guarantee that you won't be disappointed.

In 2005 the Rovers Trails Program was incorporated as the Border Route Trail Association, a 501(c)(3) sister organization of the Minnesota Rovers. As such, donations to the BRTA, including your trip costs, are tax deductible charitable contributions. Under an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, the BRTA and Rovers continue to be jointly responsible for the maintenance of the Border Route. We ask for your assistance in keeping the BRT in a condition that reflects well on both Rovers and the BRTA. Without your individual help it is impossible to keep the trail in the excellent condition that it deserves.

We invite you to take this opportunity to experience the beauty of this most scenic of Upper Midwestern trails and at the same time feel good about giving something back for all of the times that you've hiked or skied on well maintained trails. As well as the unbeatable scenery, you'll enjoy great food and camaraderie that can't be surpassed, learn new skills, get the chance to see wildlife such as moose, black bear, eagles, and fox plus the entire trip cost is tax deductible.

Beginners are welcome on most trips.

We have two types of trips: Non-mechanized trips within the BWCAW using hand tools such as crosscut saws and nippers and Mechanized trips outside of the BWCAW using power brushcutters and chain saws. USFS certification required for crosscut and chain saw operation, OJT provided for brushcutter operation.

The trip cost includes transportation to and from the Twin Cities, lodging (cabin or tent), all food except for the trip up and back. The deposit is the same as the trip cost and is refundable if cancellation is made prior to one week before the trip date. Packing lists and trip details are available from the contact people.



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