BWCA Portage 566 (Cherokee to Sitka)

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Approximate Length:
830m (165 rods)


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On 9/23/2020 2:47:41 PM, twincitiesjesse said:
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Coming from Sitka on the Temperance/Cherokee/Sawbill loop, this was the only portage on the whole trip that we gave up single portaging for. About 2/3rds from the Sitka end, there's several spot with tricky footing to pass over. I ended up dropping the canoe and coming back for it. Otherwise, not too bad. Lots of up and down, but the trail was dry in September.
On 4/5/2019 3:23:57 PM, Shoot!TheRapids said:
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Quite the roller coaster. We were coming from Sitka, which appears to be much easier versus coming from Cherokee. At one point I had to jump down off a boulder and didn't see the tree in front of it, so somehow narrowly avoided banging the canoe head on with a tree while in midair. On the Cherokee side, the landing is very steep down to the lake, though there is flat, shallow water off the cliff edge.
On 9/16/2015 10:50:43 AM, SwenMike said:
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This portage is the Laurentian Divide. It's especially steep on each end and a winding, mixture of lava flows, boulders, but fairly dry. On the very top of the divide I was lucky enough to come across a mature bull moose. His path intersected the trail at the top. A beautiful, but challenging hike. The Cherokee side landing has nice natural steps, but steep to the lake with shallow pebble bottom at the lakefront. We portaged 4 kayaks empty first trip, then gear on a 2nd trip.
On 7/13/2015 10:25:40 AM, eagle98mn said:
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Going from Cherokee into Sitka, was a steep and challenging climb for our group. Not impossible by any means, but it isn't flat!
On 1/20/2015 7:05:08 AM, ParkerMag said:
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One of the more challenging portages in the BW that I can recall. Going from Sitka to Cherokee, catching sight of Snub ~2/3 of the way and thinking you're nearly finished is cruel! lol
On 10/13/2014 9:53:56 AM, jeemon said:
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Windy and steep. Fun to explore without canoes and pack. Will provide some challenges when portaging boats as the trail gets steep, rocky, and windy at the same time.
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Cherokee Side of the Sitka to Cherokee (Laurentian Divide) Portage
Cherokee Side of the Sitka to Cherokee (Laurentian Divide) Portage by SwenMike