BWCA Portage 74 (Bench to Spaulding)

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Approximate Length:
548m (109 rods)

Lakes:

Climb/Descent Meters:
70.8

"Hilliness" Index
129

# of Comments:
2

On 9/23/2020 11:16:51 AM, flynn said:
Visit Date:
9/18/2020

The Spaulding side isn't bad (aside from the mucky landing). Portage is a bit overgrown and trees/plants will whip your hands and catch your rods. There are some tight turns that would make it difficult to bring a canoe through here. The Bench side gets quite steep with an eroded trail close to the lake, and thus makes the the hike back to Spaulding something you won't look forward to. Landing on the Bench side isn't terrible. I would not want to carry a canoe on this portage.
On 7/19/2015 9:03:02 AM, TuscaroraBorealis said:
Visit Date:
9/1/2012

WARNING: There is a false trail! Apparently the trail has been moved. The landing & start of the old trail are still evident but, the trail soon peters out into thick brush & you'll end up backtracking. The actual portage is on the extreme northwestern end of Spaulding lake under a large pine tree. The trail is quite overgrown but, still easily followed. The climb out of Bench is substantial & there is a tricky spot where the new trail intersects with the old one where you'll have be careful to make sure you turn off on the new trail. Lots of overhanging branches!
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