Rose Lake and Stairway Portage
This is, bang for the work, one of the best day trips in the whole BWCA. Head up the Gunflint Trail until just before Trail Center, hang a right on 65, and head to the entry point for Daniels and Duncan. This will put you on West Bearskin. Paddle to the portage to Duncan and after you’re done with the portage head north on Duncan until you’re at the Stairway Portage. Check out the waterfall, but don’t forget to head east along the Border Route Trail to arrive at some of the best views in the BWCA.