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  Last Visit: 06/23/2024 08:29PM

Entry Point 4 - Crab Lake & Cummings Lake

Crab Lake and Cummings from Burntside Lake entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Kawishiwi Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 23 miles. Access from Burntside Lake with a 320-rod portage to Crab Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 3
Elevation: 1406 feet
Latitude: 47.9337
Longitude: -92.0269
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Renol
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06/24/2021 08:17PM
 
New Trip Report posted by Renol

Trip Name: Solo trek of BRT Crab lake to Clearwater lodge.

Entry Point: 4

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Stumpy
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06/24/2021 09:41PM
 
We live in the same town, but I would never trip with you.
I laughed when I read your personal quote on your profile..... ""Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.""
LOL

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly
Renol
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06/24/2021 10:22PM
 
You sound like a real peach yourself. What are you 12? No? Then stop acting like a child who had their lollipop taken away. Go troll elsewhere.

Am I being whiny about the weather and wet conditions? Yep. I realize it comes with the territory, but not gonna lie about how I felt at the time. Fact is conditions did suck some. Am I wrong about the condition of the trail? No. It is again FACT it is neglected. Can't argue that.

If anyone has a legit comment I'd welcome the chance to debate my conclusions logically.


Duckman
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06/25/2021 06:31AM
 
This should get interesting.
boondock
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06/25/2021 09:09AM
 
Understand a volunteer organization does most of the trail clearing on the BRT, the pandemic limited their ability to do that work over the past year. All trail maintenance within the boundaries of the wilderness area can only be done with hand tools. If I remember correctly trail marking can only be wooden posts and the terrain limits the ability to install those.


You could donate to the BRTA, or better yet, take part in a trail maintenance trip so you can better understand the effort that goes into maintaining these wilderness trail systems.



paddlinjoe
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06/25/2021 02:59PM
 
I didn't realize that there were two Crab Lakes in the BWCA. Based on your trip description I thought you were hiking the majority of the BWCA Border starting at EP 4 West of Ely.

paddlinjoe
martian
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06/25/2021 04:01PM
 
Heck, you could have made your trip into a service project and taken great satisfaction in doing so. I often find myself picking up trash and fixing stuff when in the wild. Your motto is making trails. What better place to make a trail but on a trail. Look on the positive side, it couldn't have been that bad in the wilderness.

All conservation of wildness is self-defeating, for to cherish we must see and fondle, and when enough have seen and fondled, there is no wilderness left to cherish. Aldo Leopold
Stumpy
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06/25/2021 11:13PM
 
Duckman: "This should get interesting."


I Couldn't be bothered.
Not going to debate someone who trips to Minnesota, then complains about everything.... including loons singing.

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly
PatrickE
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06/26/2021 07:34AM
 
Don’t know how often you make it up there to trip, but most people value their time alone in the wilderness. While I know you mention it would be common courtesy to let someone into their occupied camp site to take a rest, it’s generally frowned upon to approach a site that’s occupied, even if it is to grab a seat that is being unused. That’s my take on it anyway. Maybe I’m misunderstanding the circumstances of your story. Hope your next trip is more to your enjoyment.
Lawnchair107
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06/26/2021 08:40AM
 
Very unusual trip report. Most people these days would welcome a trail that seems unused/ never been hiked before. I think the SHT fits your bill perfectly.
OneMatch
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06/27/2021 05:11PM
 
You're in luck! There will be a volunteer BRT clearing event this fall! Now you can be part of the solution.


Fall 2021 BRT clearing announcement


You might note that not only are there no power tools allowed but also trail markers are not allowed in keeping with LNT principles.

We all have to believe in something. I believe I'll go paddle.
PortageKeeper
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07/05/2021 01:13PM
 
Please stay in the city, on the dry sidewalks, where there are signs!

“The more you know, the less you carry” Mors Kochanski
Stumpy
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07/07/2021 03:42AM
 
PortageKeeper: "Please stay in the city, on the dry sidewalks, where there are signs!"


Love it

As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly
straighthairedcurly
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07/08/2021 01:09PM
 
Wow...
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