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RaisedByBears99  
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04/15/2012 04:08PM
 

My father tells me we used take this portage, 428 rods, when going into Tuscarora, but he has no memory of it. Neither do I. When you are young, and someone else is doing the navigating, you come across a memory in surprising places.

If Frost River is too low, this will be my alternate route. Can you tell me anything about the portage?
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UncleMoose  
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04/15/2012 05:15PM
 
Long, hot and buggy are my memory of it from 2006. I recall a bit of up and down and a low section past a bog/dried pond (where we were attacked mercilessly by mosquitos). I suppose if it's cool out and not in the heart of bug season, it wouldn't be so bad aside from the length. It's otherwise a very well used/beaten trail.
DayDreamin  
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04/15/2012 05:21PM
 
A good size uphill to start from tuscarora to Missing link. Its not too bad otherwise
Kiporby  
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04/15/2012 05:45PM
 
Just Long. Can be a bear if it rains alot as sections get muddy. Long descent into Tuscarora Lake. Good climb if you are going the opposite way.


There is a light and it never goes out. Morrissey
SuperApple90  

04/15/2012 07:18PM
 
Fairly easy portage. It's long but goes by quick. Make sure you are clothed well though, the mosquitoes are relentless.
RaisedByBears99  
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04/15/2012 07:43PM
 
quote SuperApple90: "Fairly easy portage. It's long but goes by quick. Make sure you are clothed well though, the mosquitoes are relentless."


Hmm. Maybe there will be a head net in my gear. Otherwise, doesn't sound TOO bad.

Probably why it isn't memorable.

mooseplums  
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04/15/2012 07:48PM
 
one of my favorite trails. Not hard, just a bit long. Solve the buggy problem by tripping early in the year or fall.


"I am haunted by waters"~Norman Maclean "A River Runs Through It"
TomP  
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04/16/2012 01:44PM
 
We went through there last August. Bugs were not bad then. On the long portages, we "leap frog". We carry our loads about 1/3 of the way and then go back for the next load. I wouldn't let the length concern you unless you have a tendency to bring way too much stuff. We double portage with no pack heavier than 45 lbs.
mocha  
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04/16/2012 07:54PM
 
something to be said for taking a long walk in the woods! i personally thing the portage from missing link to round is worse than the tusc portage. it may be shorter but it has so many boulders...always have to watch the footing.
Scout64  
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04/16/2012 08:20PM
 
quote mocha: "something to be said for taking a long walk in the woods! i personally thing the portage from missing link to round is worse than the tusc portage. it may be shorter but it has so many boulders...always have to watch the footing."


I agree, Tuscarora is just long. Missing to Round is very rugged. So is Missing to Snipe.


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Kiporby  
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04/16/2012 09:46PM
 
quote Scout64: "quote mocha: "something to be said for taking a long walk in the woods! i personally thing the portage from missing link to round is worse than the tusc portage. it may be shorter but it has so many boulders...always have to watch the footing."


I agree, Tuscarora is just long. Missing to Round is very rugged. So is Missing to Snipe."



Agree!


There is a light and it never goes out. Morrissey
Lemieux  
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04/18/2012 06:53AM
 
The portage from Tuscarora was well used, not very technical just 400+ rod.

I remember going from Tuscarora Lake to Tuscarora outfitters the last morning of our trip and it seemed to be fairly easy all the way out. I've done some difficult portages in the past so this is why I think this way.

Some people think anything over 100 rods is difficult.

To each their own!






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IBFLY  
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04/21/2012 02:05PM
 
I've done it a few times - relativley easy if you are not going in too heavy. It can get a little greasy when wet. The first 200 yds from Tuscarora to Missing Link has some elevation gain.
ceresota  
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04/21/2012 07:36PM
 
We did this portage last summer on a 95 degree day, no wind, very buggy and needless to say it wasn't something I want to repeat anytime soon. If it wasn't so hot it might not have been so bad.
TuscaroraBorealis  
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04/21/2012 08:13PM
 
As others have already alluded to.... I think the fact that it's over 1 mile long is what immediately grabs everyones attention? And, that does automatically qualify it as one of the tougher trails you'll encounter in the BWCA . But, the trail is mostly a very nice path. The hill climbing out of Tuscarora lake is the only noteworthy challenge.
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