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Hike Blind Ash Bay Trail

A wood plank trail surrounded by green vegetation, leading into the forest.
This boardwalk helps keep your feet dry during wet weather on this section of the trail.

C.Meridith/NPS

This narrow, winding, rocky trail exposes users to the wonders of the boreal forest. This path is great for birding. It is frequented by deer and other wildlife. From closed in forest to post card worthy views of Kabetogama Lake, this lollipop loop trail has it all. 

Difficulty: Moderate
Hiking Distance: 2.9 miles (4.7 km) loop

Details
Hiking time is dependant on hiking speed and length of stops/breaks. 
Pets are not allowed on trails at Voyageurs national Park to prevent the possible transmission of diseases to the wolf population.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trailhead is in the upper parking lot by Ash River Visitor Center. The trail can also be reached from the Kabetogama Lake Overlook trail.
Summer season use: Hiking
Winter season use: Snowshoeing
If hiking before sunrise or after sunset, carry a flashlight other than your cell phone.
Accessibility Information
This moderate hike is not accessible due to an uneven trail surface, exposed roots and rocks, and inclines/declines.

The first section of the trail is the steepest. This section can be skipped by taking the Kabetogama Lake Overlook trail and continuing on the Blind Ash Bay Trail.

Voyageurs National Park

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Ranger Lisa: “Are you ready to go?”

All Students: “YEAH!”

Ranger Lisa: Good. Okay; let’s head out.

*Sound of kids chattering as they put on snowshoes*

Student: This is more slippery than I thought.

Ranger Lisa: I’ve got a really unique, fun job for snowshoeing. I get to go out and teach boys and girls, and all sorts of different visitors how to snowshoe. How to do that activity so they can go out and appreciate the beautiful scenery in Voyageurs National Park.

Student: Whoohoo!

Student: Hey, you should really try sliding. It’s awesome!

Ranger Lisa: …And the early Native Americans who would’ve lived in this area a few hundred years ago, they would’ve been the first people to use snowshoes in what is now Voyageurs National Park. Whether you used snowshoes a few hundred years ago or you use snowshoes today, all snowshoes are made up of three basic parts.

Student: Let’s slide!

Student: I get to be a penguin today!

*Sound of kids chattering as they snowshoe down a trail*

Student: It’s fun!

Ranger Lisa: …snowshoe. Does this kind of look big and round like a bear paw?

Student: Yeah.

Ranger Lisa: Yeah, you can see where it got its name. If you are going to be hiking deep in the woods where there are a lot of trees around you, you want to be able to turn around in the woods without hitting your tail on the bottom parts of those trees.

*Sound of kids laughing and chattering*

Ranger Lisa: should we see what happens if I take off my snowshoe?

Student: No!

Other students: Yeah.

Ranger Lisa: You might have to come and pull me out.

Student: Okay.

Student: Aaah!

Ranger Lisa: Do you think my snowshoes do a pretty good job?

Student: I would like to stay here all day.

*Sounds of kids and Lisa chattering and laughing*

Student: YAAAAY!!

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Duration:
2 minutes, 8 seconds

Join a group of environmental education students as ranger Lisa Maass leads them and their teachers on a snowshoe hike.

Last updated: October 29, 2021