Centennial Trail

Moderator: satchmoa

Centennial Trail

Postby padwrr » Sat Aug 07, 2010 9:52 am

It's been a while since I've been on this board, so I hope this isn't a repeat post. Just wondering if anyone has hiked this trail and if so, what are your thoughts? I hiked the area back in '98, esepcially the southern portion that was completely grown over. What a change.
Port Arthur, Duluth and Western RR on the web.
www.padwrr.ca
User avatar
padwrr
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:17 pm
Location: Thunder Bay, ON

Invitations sent: 0
Referrals: 0

Re: Centennial Trail

Postby finnbay » Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:18 am

Have not been on that one. I don't get up that way very often, but might spend some time in that area this fall when the leaves start to change.
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

http://www.snottymoose.com
User avatar
finnbay
Moderator
 
Posts: 720
Joined: Thu Jan 10, 2008 12:17 pm
Location: Babbitt, Mn

Invitations sent: 0
Referrals: 0

Re: Centennial Trail

Postby bwca » Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:07 am

Anyone have information they can share on the Centennial Trail?
User avatar
bwca
Site Admin
 
Posts: 1554
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 1969 7:00 pm
Location: Twin Cities

Invitations sent: 0
Referrals: 4

Re: Centennial Trail

Postby padwrr » Sat Mar 26, 2011 7:27 am

Here's a pdf of the guide available at the trail head.
http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOC ... 199621.pdf
Port Arthur, Duluth and Western RR on the web.
www.padwrr.ca
User avatar
padwrr
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:17 pm
Location: Thunder Bay, ON

Invitations sent: 0
Referrals: 0

Re: Centennial Trail

Postby BWCA Blog Lady » Sun Mar 27, 2011 8:13 am

I've hiked the Centennial Trail numerous times and snowshoed it. It's a great loop hike with some beautiful vistas. There's also a side trip up to where the old Gunflint Fire Tower used to sit and an interpretive pamphlet that tells about the different sites along the way. The following is a post from my daily blog http://www.boundarywatersblog.com/?item ... king-trail . Hope you get a chance to hike it!


The Centennial Hiking Trail is accessed via the Kekekabik Hiking Trail. The Kek Trail is an interesting trail because of its rich or not so rich history of mining. The area was explored during the 1800's in search of iron complete with a railroad built courtesy of the Port Arthur Duluth and Western Railway Company. It's difficult to imagine how anyone could choose a path for a railroad with all of the obstacles in our wilderness canoe country.

Iron was found in the region but unfortunately mining on the Gunflint Trail was not to be. The quality of iron wasn't as high of a grade as iron found elsewhere on the Iron Range. It wasn't as easily accessible as other sources either and combined with tough economic times for investors in the area mining would not continue for long. The book Pioneers in the Wilderness by Willis H. Raff has a complete history of the hows and whys of the railroad and mining on the Gunflint Trail for those who are interested.

The USFS in Grand Marais, MN will be producing an interpretive piece to go along with the Kek and Centennial Hiking Trail so future hikers can learn about the history of the trail. There's a trail to the location of an old fire tower and several spur trails to mine test pits along the Kek itself.

Some of you may remember the women who got lost on the Kek Trail last year. Have no fear as this portion of the Kek is very easy to follow and even has planks and signs as it is not in the Boundary Waters. Making the new portion of the Centennial Trail was made easier by the use of fire line making techniques. The explosives worked quite well to blaze the trail and getting lost should not be of anyone's concern.



The Kekekabik Hiking Trail is accessed via the Gunflint Trail around mile marker 47. Are there even mile markers on the Gunflint Trail? It's about 47 miles from Grand Marais and 10 miles from the end of the Gunflint Trail. To get to the bridge where the Centennial Hiking Trail begins it is a 1.3 mile hike. The trail then winds back toward the Gunflint Trail via vistas and eventually the Round Lake Road out to the Gunflint Trail for a total of 3.3 miles I believe.

The Centennial Hiking Trail provides a great loop hike for those who don't like to cover the same territory twice. It's a great addition to the already wonderful hiking Trails found on the Gunflint Trail. A big thank you to the USFS folks who worked on making the Centennial Trail a reality.
Happy Paddling,

The Boundary Waters Blog Lady from Voyageur Canoe Outfitters
http://www.boundarywatersblog.com http://www.canoeit.com
Where the Trail Ends Your Voyage Begins 1-888-CANOEIT
User avatar
BWCA Blog Lady
 
Posts: 51
Joined: Fri May 01, 2009 9:13 pm
Location: Gunflint Trail

Invitations sent: 0
Referrals: 0

Re: Centennial Trail

Postby padwrr » Sun Mar 27, 2011 12:00 pm

I have heard from some sources in the Forestry Service that the trail might be expanded in the future to encompass more of the former rail bed. The are photos of the trail and rail bed on the railway Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/gro ... 6238884687
Port Arthur, Duluth and Western RR on the web.
www.padwrr.ca
User avatar
padwrr
 
Posts: 43
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 2:17 pm
Location: Thunder Bay, ON

Invitations sent: 0
Referrals: 0


Return to Hiking

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

cron