Pictographs

If you’ve ever wanted to see pictographs, then here is an easy trek into the BWCAW to see some awesome Native American paintings.

Hegman Lake in the BWCAW

Hegman Lake in the BWCAW

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!).

Hegman Lake photographers

Hegman Lake photographers

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.
Hegman Lake pictographs

Hegman Lake pictographs

These are really exceptional pictographs. I’m not going to show a close-up – you’ll have to see that for yourself!
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4 Responses to Pictographs

  1. gene says:

    Beautiful. Any special type of nordic ski? My xc skis work great in tracks but not very good free wheeling it across open ground.

    • Vacation says:

      It’s best to use so-called backcountry skiis as they are a little wider, but this year the snow depth is such that any nordic ski will work. Plus there’s enough ski travel here that the trail has nice tracks.

  2. sarah says:

    This reminds me of the pictographs located New Mexico-Bandelier National Monument. Check it out if your ever in the area.

    • Vacation says:

      Because you are entering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), be sure to fill out a day use permit before you go. Permits are available at the trailhead. Follow all regulations of the BWCAW and leave no trace.

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