The Kekekabic Trail is a historic 41-mile wilderness hiking trail that is known for its rugged nature, its remote location, and the tremendous opportunities for quiet and solitude it affords. The "Kek" extends through the heart of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from the Snowbank Lake Road trailhead 18 miles northeast of Ely to the trailhead on the Gunflint Trail 47 miles from Grand Marais.
The western third of the Kek passes through mostly intact forest (with some old growth white pine) while the middle third was affected by the '99 blowdown and features fleeting views through the regenerating forest. The eastern third was also affected by the blowdown and two subsequent forest fires that have drastically impacted the trail. Here, the Kek traverses a landscape thick with brush and tree saplings and sometimes the trail tread is indiscernible.