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

Trip Report Comments

On 3/17/2016 10:47:45 AM, eagle98mn said:
Ben, I just read Lost in the Wild this winter and then stumbled across your trip report today. Between Jason's story and your own, I'm not sure I'll ever set foot on the Pow Wow!
On 3/17/2016 12:32:45 PM, Ben Strege said:
We sure learned a lot on that trip from the school of hard knocks. Since then, the Pagami fire destroyed the trail. Most of the trail has not been restored and won't be for some time (or ever).
On 3/18/2016 8:45:40 AM, eagle98mn said:
I know, it is such a shame. That trail sounded like a fun (short) way to experience the boundary waters in another way. It is technically open, but I have none of the experience necessary to explore the unmaintained part of the trail and the maintained portion seems too short to be worth the trip. Still, the fact that it remains "open" in its entirety gives me some hope that maybe it will be fully cleared someday as the new forest around it grows up. I'm only in my 30s, so I have some time to wait!
On 12/1/2016 10:07:02 AM, jaek5199 said:
That was a tough trip! Hope you've changed your mind about hikes! I, too had read the book and it piqued my interest, but that was the winter of 2011 - the fire. I went in for a day hike on a very cold (-15) day, but it was clear and windless. There was almost no snow and it made for a great hike.
On 12/2/2016 5:22:54 PM, Ben Strege said:
Now that we moved to Duluth, we have a lot more possibilities. We are thinking about hiking Isle Royale next summer for our 10-year anniversary.
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