If you’ve ever wanted to see pictographs, then here is an easy trek into the BWCAW to see some awesome Native American paintings.
It’s an easy 2 mile hike or ski into Hegman Lake where the pictographs are located. If there isn’t much snow, like there is this year, then it is easy to hike, otherwise cross-country skiing is the way to go. After the shore portage from the Echo Trail (county road 116), it took us only 40 minutes to get to the pictographs (and we’re slow!).
Lots of people were out enjoying the beautiful warm day.
In the summertime, it’s an easy paddle in your canoe across the lake. But in the wintertime – that’s when it’s the easiest to get across the lake on the frozen surface. One place to be aware of is the outlet from North Hegman Lake to South Hegman. Early in the winter season, and even now, there’s open water. So beware of thin ice.
Just travel where there have been people before and you should be fine. There are lots of tracks heading in there at this time of the year.
These are really exceptional pictographs. I’m not going to show a close-up – you’ll have to see that for yourself!