BWCA Portage 282 (Ottertrack)

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Approximate Length:
236m (47 rods)


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On 6/13/2020 9:25:36 PM, bioteachk said:
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The entrance is hidden under some cedars, and parallels the shore for a while. Then the fun is very steep up to the peak in the middle. It is worth your time to stash your gear and canoe midway through and climb over to the highpoint just southwest of the portage. Great views from that location, and it helps to catch your breath. From the middle it is a much easier descent into Gijikiki, which is labeled on some maps as Cedar lake.
On 5/29/2020 4:52:59 PM, TuscaroraBorealis said:
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Tough to spot the landing out on Ottertrack but, there is a nice opening for gear, canoes etc. just back in the woods. The 1st quarter of the trail starts out on a slow gradual climb as you head west on something of a switchback. Once the trail turns south the 2nd quarter and ascent begins! Upon reaching the summit you will pass through a narrow rock cut and notice sheer cliffs just off either side of the trail which should give you a good idea of what you've just accomplished. Also, there's a short spur trail to the west where there's a marginal overlook of Ottertrack. Suprisingly the 3rd quarter of the trail levels out and was a succession of small mud holes. Finally, the trail drops down to Gijikiki. The descent is nothing severe but where it does drop it is usually down a large rock knob which can be slippery. The landing on Gijikiki is constricted an not very accommodating.
On 8/7/2019 8:15:46 PM, Riley Smith said:
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The group I was guiding did really incredible day one, so I decided to take them to something special. The climb from Ottertrack is legendary. This portage did not disappoint. The landing is a bit difficult to find, and from there it goes straight up. It's really pretty the whole way. Tiring stretch, but well worth it to get off the popular route.
On 9/10/2018 9:41:59 AM, AmateurHour said:
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Tough climb, lots of mud at the top, pretty overgrown toward the Gijikiki side. Go slow and be careful with footing. Make extra trips if needed.
On 4/13/2016 1:00:31 PM, Prorecreator said:
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A nasty little portage from Ottertrack. Not very long, but watch your footing! The reward is likely isolation on Gijikiki.
On 3/15/2016 2:17:17 PM, Ciosis said:
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Short but very steep, it's a nice challenge that keeps Gijikiki fairly private.
On 11/13/2013 3:02:01 PM, bwbrian said:
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The portage is short but has some very steep sections. Overall, it is not too bad except for the 12" of water covering the portage at the top of the hill. Might want to avoid this when it has been wet.
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Ottertrack overlook
Ottertrack overlook by bwbrian
Gijikiki Portage
Gijikiki Portage by AmateurHour
Overgrown by AmateurHour
Ottertrack Landing
Ottertrack Landing by AmateurHour
Nice Climb
Nice Climb by Riley Smith
Ottertrack landing
Ottertrack landing by TuscaroraBorealis
Ottertrack ~ Gijikiki portage
Ottertrack ~ Gijikiki portage by TuscaroraBorealis
Ottertrack overlook
Ottertrack overlook by TuscaroraBorealis
Gijikiki Portage #282 looking from Ottertrack
Gijikiki Portage #282 looking from Ottertrack by mryan1023
Gijikiki Portage #282 looking out to Ottertrack
Gijikiki Portage #282 looking out to Ottertrack by mryan1023