BWCA Portage 261 (Loon to Lower Pauness)

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Approximate Length:
573m (114 rods)


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On 5/25/2020 9:13:12 PM, sns said:
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Scenic view from up top is worth the pause halfway through this portage. Note the portage length is not 272 meters. That might be to the Devil's Cascade campsite/overview, but 272m is essentially halfway. It's 550-600 meters in total.
On 5/23/2018 5:05:28 PM, motley said:
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If you're going this way, be sure to stop for a rest at Devils cascade, you won't regret it!
On 9/26/2016 3:47:36 PM, Mike Monahan said:
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Very steep portage when coming from the north. Scenic portage around the Devils Cascade. Take the side trails to see the cascade better.
On 9/5/2016 9:45:48 PM, BobberRob said:
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This portage isn't all that bad. There is an elevation change (going up towards the South), but the sound of the rushing water and the scenery is enough of a distraction to make you forget you have a canoe over your head and a 60# pack on your back. 2/5
On 5/10/2014 9:22:06 AM, bwbrian said:
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The portage has a substantial climb(as you might expect) going from North to South. but the trail is in pretty good shape and the landings are easy to spot. In high water, the trail can be covered with standing water in a couple spots. The views of the Devil's Cascade along the way are great so plan some extra time to explore and take some photos.
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