The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, in addition to being a favorite canoeists’ destination, also has more than 200 miles of hiking and backpacking trails, most maintained by volunteers.

Now, after eight years of hard work, the 30-mile long BWCAW Powwow Hiking Trail — which burned almost entirely in the massive 2011 Pagami Creek forest fire — is nearly ready to see hikers again, and trail supporters are ready to celebrate. The event is set for Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Duluth Folks School, 1917 W Superior St. It’s free and open to the public.

“The trail is passable now, but you’d have to be a very experienced backpacker to do it. There’s still a lot of tree falls,’’ said Martin Kubik. “It should be ready for more people by next year, for people with more average backpacking abilities. But it’s still going to be very challenging.”

Kubik is president and founder of the nonprofit Boundary Waters Advisory Committee, which advocates for and works on trials in the wilderness. The Powwow Trail reconstruction work was a joint effort of the U.S. Forest Service and the committee, with hundreds of volunteers, both novice and experienced wilderness trippers, working on the trial in recent years. You can hear their story at Wednesday’s event and get a free map of the trail for your 2020 hike.

For more information contact Martin Kubik at or 612-564-8279 or go to Another event is set for Oct. 10 at the REI store in Bloomington, Minn.