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Kekekabic Trail

Hiking Trail or Trailhead
Doug Boulee

The Kekekabic Trail is a historic 41-mile wilderness hiking trail that is known for its rugged nature, its remote location, and the tremendous opportunities for quiet and solitude it affords. The "Kek" extends through the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the Snowbank Lake Road trailhead 18 miles northeast of Ely to the trailhead on the Gunflint Trail 47 miles from Grand Marais.

The western third of the Kek passes through mostly intact forest (with some old growth white pine) while the middle third was affected by the '99 blowdown and features fleeting views through the regenerating forest. The eastern third was also affected by the blowdown and two subsequent forest fires that have drastically impacted the trail. Here, the Kek traverses a landscape thick with brush and tree saplings and sometimes the trail tread is indiscernible.

Trail Distance

41 miles

Accessibility Notes

The Kek is a natural soil footpath 18" wide with frequent steep sections and a lot of roots, rocks, and beaver dam crossings.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs are allowed but must be under their owners' control.

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