The Kek, as it is known to some, sprang up back in the 1930s for fire suppression in Superior National Forest. It fell into disuse until some Boy Scouts cleared it out in 1949.
Back in 1949 a Boy Scout said of this trail:
The Kekekabic Trail is one of the toughest,He was right! Of course smoothing the wilderness is not politically correct anymore nor even of the leave no trace ethic.
meanest rabbit tracks in North America. The
trail struggles its way through swamps, around
cliffs, up the sides of bluffs, and across rocky
ridges. It is choked with nightmarish patches of
clinging brush. It is blocked with tangles of windfalls
and standing timber... It is the kind of trail
have what it takes to go into the wilderness and
try and ‘smooth it.’”
The trail again fell into disrepair in the 1970s and was nearly abandoned until a club was formed to maintain it about 1989. They clear the Kek and other wilderness trail every year.