Rose Lake and Stairway Portage

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Rose Lake
Stairway Portage Waterfall
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.


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  • Andy
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    Absolutely lovely. Rose Lake and its surrounding cliffs are one of the more breathtaking sights on the Gunflint, and these pictures do them justice.

    Andy’s last blog post..Tracking springtime on the Superior Hiking Trail

  • Bryan
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    Thanks, Andy. I just love it up there and try to paddle out to Rose for one overnight a year and a couple of day trips. I finally feel like some of the pictures that I’m getting from Rose are touching the personal sense of awe I get when I’m there. It’s so inspiring there that it has been a struggle making the pictures that I’ve wanted.

  • Andy
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    Agreed. Plus, the sheer span of its beauty, its spread across the landscape, make it difficult to capture in any one, definitive photo. You’ve done pretty well, though. Thanks for posting!

  • Joel Truckenbrod
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    Nice images Bryan! I especially enjoy the second.

  • Bryan
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    Thanks, Joel! Right now, there’s more water over the falls than I’ve ever seen. It’s that water that allowed the photo to be made.

  • Ilena
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    I love the photos and the area. It makes a person feel like they have left town and had a short break from life. Thanks for posting these.

  • Bryan
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    Thanks, Ilena.

  • Spike
    Reply

    Forgive my spelling and math, it had been 70 years since his last visit.

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