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BWCA Portage 918 (East Pike to Mcfarland)

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Approximate Length:
1156m (230 rods)


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On 1/29/2024 3:57:16 PM, halvorson.christopher said:
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This is the toughest portage I have ever done to date. Much more difficult than the 'long portage' (660 rods). The elevation change out of East Pike is tough! it has you pausing ever few steps to breath. Once past the initial climb all is well. But, I didn't recover quickly from that climb, so it stuck with me the rest of the walk.
On 6/8/2021 9:49:57 AM, Kalvan said:
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Portage is not on all maps and it's not maintained. However, it is in good shape with some downed trees. Portage entrance from McFarland is more to the east than indicated here on the map. It's up and up and up and up (going from McFarland). You'll know when you are going down as you'll feel like putting canoe down and sledding the rest of the way. I counted 4 trees to climb over. Was a hot day so immediately jumped into East Pike once the portage was complete.
On 9/22/2015 1:38:30 PM, andrewthieman said:
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What a beast. Long and steep.
On 7/22/2014 9:09:01 AM, BWPaddler said:
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80% uphill as you go from McFarland to East Pike, then steep descent. A few deadfalls on occasion to go over or under (or through the middle in one case). A bit muddy at the start. Not too much room at the landing, but adequate for a small group. Decent trail, all wooded.
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