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Entry Point 9 - Little Indian Sioux River South

Little Indian Sioux River (south) entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by La Croix Ranger Station near the city of Ely, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 44 miles. Heading South from the Echo Trail. Difficult route. Four portages to Bootleg Lake. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 1 permit every other day
Elevation: 1362 feet
Latitude: 48.1420
Longitude: -92.2079
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Shug
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10/08/2014 11:04PM
 
New Trip Report posted by Shug

Trip Name: Sioux Hustler Trail Loop Backpack Trip.

Entry Point: 9

Had my eye on this 30+ mile loop called the Sioux Hustler Trail for a spell now. It is in a remote part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area 35 miles North of Ely, Minnesota along the Echo Trail. The trail is primitive, and is not well-maintained and runs from the Little Indian Sioux River to Hustler Lake then on up to Pageant Lake and back down.

So Alex Trail Eyes, Strung Out and myself headed out in some 39º rainy, wet and windy weather. That is always a challenge.
This trail is not marked by any signage...just rock cairns and sawn logs so good trail skills are required along with good maps and compass skills. Remain vigilant.
Some of the most gorgeous tread I have ever walked upon as the trail is lightly traveled due to it's remoteness.
Whoooooo Buddy))))))
Shug



Sioux Hustler Trail Backpack Hammock Trip Video

Whoooooooo Buddy))))))
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OldFingers57
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10/09/2014 06:10AM
 
Great video. thanks

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.” ~A.A. Milne
rtallent
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10/09/2014 12:25PM
 
I'll enjoy watching this one, 'cause Sioux Hustler is my favorite getaway hike in the Bdub (in part due to it being a loop), and also because your videos are just fun to watch!
callofthewild
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10/09/2014 02:09PM
 
That was really cool. Thank you very much for posting this.
bapabear
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10/09/2014 08:36PM
 
Wow I admire the tenacity of that hike with the temps and the wind. You saw and reported on some beautiful area. When we camped on Shell Lake last year two of our group walked part of the trail while I fished. They said it was a really nice walk where they went (first week of June). I loved the Devil's Cascade and it looks like you did too! Great report (video) and thanks for sharing. I learn a lot from you on the nuances of lightweight camping. Bapabear

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shug
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10/09/2014 09:06PM
 
quote OldFingers57: "Great video. thanks "
I thankee.


quote rtallent: "I'll enjoy watching this one, 'cause Sioux Hustler is my favorite getaway hike in the Bdub (in part due to it being a loop), and also because your videos are just fun to watch!"
I too love the loop part....a right goodie for sure.


quote callofthewild: "That was really cool. Thank you very much for posting this."
For sure gonna do it again! Thankee.


quote bapabear: "Wow I admire the tenacity of that hike with the temps and the wind. You saw and reported on some beautiful area. When we camped on Shell Lake last year two of our group walked part of the trail while I fished. They said it was a really nice walk where they went (first week of June). I loved the Devil's Cascade and it looks like you did too! Great report (video) and thanks for sharing. I learn a lot from you on the nuances of lightweight camping. Bapabear"
It was a chilly challenge at times....but so worth going. Pack was about 26 ponds fully loaded with food and water. Brought some extra clothes since it is shoulder season and glad I did. Used them all!

Whoooooooo Buddy))))))
boonie
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10/10/2014 08:58PM
 
Thanks, I enjoyed the video. I've always thought it would be a great hike. Maybe one of these days. . .
bwcasolo
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10/11/2014 06:47AM
 
great trip, i too enjoy the fancee feest. thanks
AndySG
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10/11/2014 10:38AM
 
Loved the video Shug. Beautiful area fer sure! Your commentary is educational as well as entertaining. Having never backpacked in the BW, your report provided a good perspective on this travel method. I'd like to try it someday. Thanks.

"WWJD"
JJ396
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10/11/2014 09:16PM
 
Loved the report! Totally different perspective than from the canoe, makes me want to try hiking. You also make me want to try hanging. Thanks for the report!
Shug
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10/11/2014 10:15PM
 
Thankee for taking the time to check out the video everyone. It is a different perspective.
Though I want to get on those islands. Packraft in my future perhaps. Then I can hybrid the BWCA.

Whoooooooo Buddy))))))
DeanL
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10/14/2014 11:01PM
 
I really enjoyed watching your video. I've never seen any of your stuff on YouTube but will definitely check more of it out!

"Leave it as it is.....The ages have been at work on it and man can only mar it." Theodore Roosevelt
Shug
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10/15/2014 04:58AM
 
quote DeanL: "I really enjoyed watching your video. I've never seen any of your stuff on YouTube but will definitely check more of it out! "
Thankee. I for sure will walk that trail a bit more....and paddle to that island. May get a pack raft.
Shug

Whoooooooo Buddy))))))
NotLight
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10/15/2014 10:58AM
 
quote Shug: "quote DeanL: "I really enjoyed watching your video. I've never seen any of your stuff on YouTube but will definitely check more of it out! "
Thankee. I for sure will walk that trail a bit more....and paddle to that island. May get a pack raft.
Shug"



Great video, again. Really enjoy them.


I think TonyYarusso on this board got a packraft, I'm not sure. I've really wanted one for a long time, but I just cant make up my mind to do it. Problem is, I don't enjoy paddling them on flat water. If there was somewhere I went regularly where I could hike+long float down river, now that would be fun.


Something to be said for getting a real boat, having a good paddle, stashing the boat in the woods while you spend a couple days hiking in and out. You get the best of both vs a compromise.
WhiteWolf
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10/16/2014 08:12PM
 
Never watched a shug video before-- can't wait to get home!!!

The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.
eOar
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10/17/2014 06:56AM
 
Shug - awesome video! Thank you! I have never read a backpacking report or watched a BP video. It was very educational and entertaining.


I would love to see you do a canoe trip and report on that. Your love of the outdoors really shows through, and the humor is icing on the cake.


"We want more!"


Chuck

"Fishing is not an escape from life, but often a deeper immersion into it..." Harry Middleton
Shug
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10/17/2014 09:37PM
 
quote NotLight: "quote Shug: "quote DeanL: "I really enjoyed watching your video. I've never seen any of your stuff on YouTube but will definitely check more of it out! "
Thankee. I for sure will walk that trail a bit more....and paddle to that island. May get a pack raft.
Shug"




Great video, again. Really enjoy them.



I think TonyYarusso on this board got a packraft, I'm not sure. I've really wanted one for a long time, but I just cant make up my mind to do it. Problem is, I don't enjoy paddling them on flat water. If there was somewhere I went regularly where I could hike+long float down river, now that would be fun.



Something to be said for getting a real boat, having a good paddle, stashing the boat in the woods while you spend a couple days hiking in and out. You get the best of both vs a compromise.
"

We do have a hybrid trip in mind. I'd really like a kayak.
I thankee


quote WhiteWolf: "Never watched a shug video before-- can't wait to get home!!!"
I hope I don't disappoint)))))
Mucho obligato.


quote eOar: "Shug - awesome video! Thank you! I have never read a backpacking report or watched a BP video. It was very educational and entertaining.



I would love to see you do a canoe trip and report on that. Your love of the outdoors really shows through, and the humor is icing on the cake.



"We want more!"



Chuck"

Thankee for checking it out then. And yes....I will be paddling someday. Love to do a video from that perspective.

Whoooooooo Buddy))))))
WhiteWolf
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10/18/2014 03:44AM
 
Whao Buddy!!!! that was a good flic!!


Thanks for sharing and that will not be my last Shug video.


As Keith Jackson used to say--- Whao NELLY!!!




The two loudest sounds known to man: a gun that goes bang when it is supposed to go click and a gun that goes click when it is supposed to go bang.
520eek
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10/19/2014 10:01AM
 
I really enjoyed watching your backpack experience... very entertaining and informative as well! Woooooo weeeee!! :-)

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it!
Us5Camp
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10/21/2014 11:59AM
 
quote Shug: "New Trip Report posted by Shug


Trip Name: Sioux Hustler Trail Loop Backpack Trip.


Entry Point: 9


Had my eye on this 30+ mile loop called the Sioux Hustler Trail for a spell now. It is in a remote part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area 35 miles North of Ely, Minnesota along the Echo Trail. The trail is primitive, and is not well-maintained and runs from the Little Indian Sioux River to Hustler Lake then on up to Pageant Lake and back down.


So Alex Trail Eyes, Strung Out and myself headed out in some 39º rainy, wet and windy weather. That is always a challenge.
This trail is not marked by any signage...just rock cairns and sawn logs so good trail skills are required along with good maps and compass skills. Remain vigilant.
Some of the most gorgeous tread I have ever walked upon as the trail is lightly traveled due to it's remoteness.
Whoooooo Buddy))))))
Shug




Sioux Hustler Trail Backpack Hammock Trip Video "



Thanks for sharing! Great video and trip!

"Who wants to take that long shot gamble... And head out to Fire Lake" Bob Segar
KarlBAndersen1
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10/21/2014 09:16PM
 
Looks like you had another great time, Shug.
Thanks for sharing.
What camera did you use on this one?
RJB
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10/22/2014 04:23PM
 
Great video. I enjoyed your commentary. We were camped on Rangeline Lake the night of the big storm and had a huge tree fall over our tent. 8" from being crushed. Anyway, we were the first ones to hack our way out from Rangeline to Hustler via the trail. I recognized a couple spots from your video and yes, someone did an amazing job of clearing the area. It took us 4 1/2 hours to hack our way to Hustler. Great area, we'd do it again. Thanks for sharing your trip. Here's what a piece of the trail looked like on 7.22.2014.
RJB
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10/22/2014 05:00PM
 



2nd try. Here's the photo of the Sioux Hustler trail on 7.22.2014 near Rangeline lake
Exo
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04/02/2015 10:03PM
 
Whoo Buddy! Have followed your video series for a long while now. Always wonder when your going to trade your boots in for a paddle. even if just for a weekend!!
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