BWCA Portage 296 (Hanson to Cherry)

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Approximate Length:
472m (94 rods)

Lakes:

Climb/Descent Meters:
61.4

"Hilliness" Index
130

# of Comments:
10

On 7/28/2019 8:42:56 PM, unshavenman said:
Visit Date:
7/22/2019

Coming from Hanson to Cherry, this was one of the more unpleasant portages that I've experienced in my eighteen or so trips. It just kept going up.........
On 7/10/2019 9:28:34 AM, Poznan23 said:
Visit Date:
7/6/2019

Tough Portage, Steep both ways with tough Landing (Muddy and small) on Cherry. Make sure to put on bug spray before trying it or they will eat you alive.
On 6/23/2018 9:48:50 PM, yngwies said:
Visit Date:
6/19/2018

Oh man. I mean... oh, man. As an experienced 51 year-old tripper who is perhaps not in the best shape, I thought that this may be the portage that I actually die on. Started giggling about 25% of the way through. Tough on the heart on the way up and tough on the knees on the way down. If it wasn't for the beauty of Cherry...
On 9/12/2017 8:43:49 AM, charlescole1946 said:
Visit Date:
9/7/2017

Agree with everyone--this is a tough one--our toughest or 16 portages over 6 days. It wasn't on our original itinerary but very strong winds on South Arm Knife led us to head to Amoeber, then Topaz, Cherry, and on to Hanson. When we told our outfitter about the route we actually took, he confirmed that the Cherry-Hanson portage is one of the toughest ones in BWCA.
On 12/29/2016 7:16:02 PM, matt13 said:
Visit Date:
5/25/2016

I've got to agree with Grandma L on this one, her description sounds about right. After doing it 3 times in one day, this one will be hard not to remember.
On 12/29/2016 9:54:36 AM, 4everpaddle said:
Visit Date:

We took this one twice and both directions are tough. For a short portage it is a hard one, but getting to Cherry Lake makes it worth it.
On 4/13/2016 12:25:19 PM, Prorecreator said:
Visit Date:
5/18/2006

This seemed like one of the toughest portages of its length, primarily because of deadfalls. It takes the FS a while to get in here in the spring. We also had a wicked T-Storm on the Cherry end. Pinned us down for an hour or so, with several close lightening strikes.
On 7/5/2015 4:31:13 PM, TuscaroraBorealis said:
Visit Date:
5/24/2010

About as tough as they come for a portage of this length in BWCAW. "Mostly" straight up & down. From both sides, there is a short drop before the actual summit just to give you a false sense that you've hit the top. A really nice grove of cedars awaits you on the Cherry side. Several are leaning or have fallen into the water, creating a small maze to navigate.
On 8/8/2014 10:02:48 PM, Grandma L said:
Visit Date:
8/6/2014

From Cherry to Hanson - Steep up, up, up and more up. Very steep down at the end.
On 1/22/2014 3:28:23 PM, jeemon said:
Visit Date:
10/4/2012

Long climb out of Cherry and into Hansen, but not as bad as going from Hanson to Cherry.
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Mountain climbing...with a 3-man canoe!
Mountain climbing...with a 3-man canoe! by bwbrian
Descending to Cherry
Descending to Cherry by bwbrian
Tree in the way at portage
Tree in the way at portage by 01richwood