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huron
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 08-2014
Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016 - 6:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Planning a trip Sep 18-24 in western side of the park - would there be much traffic out in the Scarecrow/Stull area this time of year?

I did a trip down the LER starting in Florence L Sep 2014 and didn't see a soul until past the last falls, but I know there are some access roads out there.

Thanks!
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huron
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Post Number: 8
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Posted on Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Had a couple other questions as I'm looking at the maps:

1. Between Scarecrow and Bluesucker, is the route through Solace or the route through Maggie better?

2. Between Bluesucker and Wakimika (leaving 2 days for that), is the southern route through Pinetorch or the northern route through Florence/Skooztagan better?

Cheers
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brian
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Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

It will be quiet there then. The route is through Solace.
http://www.ottertooth.com/Temagami/Maps/heartland0 2.htm

Which route is better? Not entirely sure which alternatives you are referring to.
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huron
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Post Number: 9
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Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 11:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks - the second question is whether Bluesucker -> Pinetorch (mudchannel) or Bluesucker -> Florence/Skooztagan would be a better route in very low water.

We'd like to get from Scarecrow to Wakimika in 3 full days of paddling.
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huron
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Post Number: 10
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Posted on Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Edit - we stretched it out to 4 days to give us time on Florence, which we flew into in 2014 (N side) but didn't see much of...

Smoothwater to Scarecrow (tower climb)
Scarecrow to Solace
Solace to Florence (climb mtn)
Florence to Chapin via Skooztagan
Chapin to Wakimika
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brian
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Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 8:48 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

In very low water I would do Florence/Skooztagan. Not a lot of creek work, the big concern, except Nasmith. Three days. I presume you are doing one trip on the portages?
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huron
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Posted on Sunday, September 11, 2016 - 10:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

Thanks. We one trip except we might do the odd 1.5 on very technical portages (like Chapin to Nasmith).

On the revised plan we are now four full days between Scarecrow and Wakimika by adding a stop at Florence.

Is there a recommended path down one side of Skooztagan or a portage extension if it's very slow going?
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brian
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Posted on Monday, September 12, 2016 - 8:24 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

The beavers have been active so you should be fine if you follow the notes on the currently posted Ottertooth map.
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huron
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Posted on Sunday, October 2, 2016 - 7:48 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post

Finished the trip - 5 full days from Smoothwater to Wakimika.

Indeed, Skooztagan was no problem due to the beaver dam at the end.

Nasmith Creek was not too bad either. We did Spray Creek a few years back and had much more trouble due to many logs (even in deep water) spanning the creek. Nasmith was just a lot of in and out in low water and a few dams.

The portage from Chapin to Nasmith would be frightening in the other direction.
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tearknee
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Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 1:11 am:   Edit Post Delete Post

huron said:
The portage from Chapin to Nasmith would be frightening in the other direction.

As in, the uphill direction? Found that out the hard way this summer.

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