Hiking Minnesota (Pukite)
by John Pukite (Falcon Guides)
© John Pukite/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Our trip actually predated the Pagami Creek fire, so I can't vouch for the current state of the trail. I understand there are efforts underway to re-clear the trail, and I can't wait to tackle this trail again. While the eastern half of the Pow Wow is not particularly notable, the western half is some of the best hiking I've experienced in Minnesota. The remote lakes (read: no canoes) and the scrambling trail conditions are pretty magical and absolutely worth the effort to get there.
The Pow Wow Trail was well maintained this time around. While I didn't get a chance to hike the entire trail, 9 miles along the south western part of the loop made for WhiskyTrek DeathMarch (18 miles, 6 hours, one flask!)
The beaver damn crossings can get hairy, as can the bog walking. In May, moquitoes were not out yet but much of the trail was under water. This trail does give the sense of remoteness that one is looking for when heading into the BWCAW. Will update this trail review as time permits.
Nodin, W-Trek Outfitters
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