Banadad Trail Association
Gunflint Trail — Grand Marais, Minnesota

Welcome to the Banadad Trail Association (BTA) web site! The purpose of the BTA is to maintain and enhance the Banadad Ski Trails, preserve the history of the forest and the trail and promote appreciation and care of the BWCA wilderness. We are a volunteer organization open to all who share these goals.

History of the Banadad Trail: The Boundary Waters Act of 1978 called for the construction of ski trails within the Boundary Waters and authorized snowmobile grooming on some of these trails. The Banadad Trail was created when the United States Forest Service reopened the overgrown Finn and Tucker Lakes Logging Roads that traversed the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA). For more on the Trail's history, go to Banadad History.

Maintaining the Trails: The BTA manages, maintains and grooms 38 kilometers (K) of public trails, including The Banadad Trail (27 K), the Lace Lake Trail (5 K), the Tim Knopp Trail (3 K) and the Tall Pines Trail (3 K). Our partners in trail management include the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the United States Forest Service and many trail clearing volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours of annually.

Using the Trails: We invite you to experience the finest wilderness cross-country skiing in the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area! These trails are centrally located along the 200 K Gunflint Nordic Trail System. Skiers are required to have a Minnesota Ski Pass and a BWCA day permit (free and are available at U.S. Forest Service permit boxes located at either end of the Banadad). Starting this year the Trail Association is providing free public parking at both ends of the Banadad.

Join the BTA! Your support for this grass roots organization is vital to the future of the Banadad Trail System. We encourage you to join us. Your small investment will make a big difference. Thank you!

Latest news from the Banadad Bulletin
Aug 23, 20162016 Banadad Trail Association Annual Meeting and Trail Clearing Weekend
Jan 19, 2016Mother Nature Complicates opening the Banadad
Jan 18, 2016Barbara Young ” This is the most beautiful winter I’ve seen in a long time”
Nov 2, 2015Banadad Trail Clearing Weekend 10-24-2015
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