Paddle - BWCA, Quetico, Sylvania, and other paddling places

BWCA Portage 296 (Hanson to Cherry)

You must login to upload photos

You can click on the campsites, portages, and lakes on the map to go to their respective pages. To see the portage on a fully interactive map, click on the "View on Interactive Map" link found below.
Approximate Length:
472m (94 rods)


Climb/Descent Meters:

"Hilliness" Index

# of Comments:

On 1/29/2024 3:08:29 PM, halvorson.christopher said:
Visit Date:

pretty tough for only being 100 rods. elevation change is significant. Difficult but beautiful landing on the Cherry Side.
On 8/12/2023 9:27:08 AM, BubbaJr said:
Visit Date:

We now know why Cherry is so secluded. This one was a battleā€¦up, down, up, down but the reward of Cherry was well worth it!
On 7/11/2020 6:41:39 AM, Riley Smith said:
Visit Date:

From hanson to cherry this one is straight up and straight back down. It's a tricky stop and proves a good test for the rewards of Cherry.
On 7/8/2020 4:35:05 PM, flynn said:
Visit Date:

One word is needed to describe this one: Uffda! This one met expectations. Straight up, very short flat-ish section, and then straight down. I wanted to give this one a shot to see if it was as bad as everyone said - and I agree... it's pretty rough! Bring water and a snack; you'll need it.
On 6/13/2020 9:21:55 PM, bioteachk said:
Visit Date:

This one feels like a long 110rods. It is clearly marked, although a bit boggy on both ends. A steep climb out of cherry, followed by a long meandering mid section, concluded with a long descent to Hanson. Clear to follow, just a bit tiring.
On 5/24/2020 12:13:12 PM, wiscofan said:
Visit Date:

From Hanson to Cherry, this portage was a bear. All uphill until you hit a flat rock area then all downhill. No flat spots. Rock can serve as a resting area. The put in on the Cherry side is extremely tedious, deep water with no where to stand made it difficult.
On 4/10/2020 1:42:51 PM, Nicholas said:
Visit Date:

Cherry to Hanson isn't as bad... something to consider if your doing the Lake of the Clouds loop or Cherry Topaz. At Cheery theres a grove of cedar and steep incline then down down down into Hanson. It a difficult portage bot with few obstacles. Lunar to Cherry takes to cake though on difficulty - although this portage is a bit longer.
On 8/26/2019 2:16:55 PM, Mike Monahan said:
Visit Date:

Yep, this one goes like your heart rate...up, up and up! Thank goodness it's under 100 rods.
On 7/28/2019 8:42:56 PM, unshavenman said:
Visit Date:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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, Ken Orwoll 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:

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:

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:

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:

Long climb out of Cherry and into Hansen, but not as bad as going from Hanson to Cherry.
You must be logged in
to comment on portages.
Visit Date:
The approximate date that you visited the portage
Public   Private
You must be logged in to upload photos
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
New Messages