Whats your favorite wilderness day trip?
Posted by: old_user on Aug-02-11 10:26 AM (EST)
To count as a day trip you must be able to get there and back in one day.
My favorite wilderness day trip is to Nandu River in Haikou on Hainan Island, south China. It is just on the edge of the city, but once you descend the riverbank it is surprisingly peaceful. You probably will not see anyone, except for the odd fisherman.
You can see photos on my travel blog: http://www.haikouhostel.com/hainan-travel-blog/131-kayaking-in-haikous-nandu-river
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Posted by: dave54 on Aug-04-11 11:05 PM (EST)
What Counts as Wilderness?|
Posted by: booztalkin on Aug-05-11 1:15 PM (EST)
It's pretty wild in parts of West Baltimore.
St. Croix River|
Posted by: jhb8426 on Aug-09-11 12:59 AM (EST)
Rose Lake loop|
Posted by: PuffinGin on Aug-09-11 7:46 AM (EST)
Living in Duluth and getting an early start, DH and I loved to travel up to the Gunflint Trail and do a loop from West Bearskin Lake to Duncan (75 rod portage) to Rose (the "Stairway" Portage--108 wooden tie steps with a nice waterfall by it)to Daniels (460 r) and back to W. Bearskin. High rocky cliffs along one side of Rose (the US side). The portage to Daniels is flat and just a long walk. Last time we did that loop was with Tsunamichuck who shouldered his kayak which looked much harder than DuluthMoose's portaging our canoe. On that day the Rose-Daniels portage was partially flooded by beaver so we had to slog though water (and even paddled a little way). Beautiful scenery!
Posted by: Umnak on Aug-10-11 2:15 AM (EST)
We live less than a two hour paddle from Admiralty Island, which is a designated wilderness known for its Brown bears, mountains and spruce. We can leave from the ramp near our house and be on a beach for lunch. There will be no other people in sight, only an occasional motor vessel watching the humpbacks or a commercial fishing vessel with a net or lines out.
Posted by: old_user on Sep-28-11 9:15 AM (EST)
Umnak, way back, with my brother in law, paddled Tracy Arm/ Fords Terror and then Admiralty. That northern end near Oliver Inlet is very nice, and the "portage" tram between Oliver and Seymore was interesting. We did get caught in an afternoon gale about half way across the Lynn Canal which was very scary.
uP in Maine....still a pretty remote bog|
Posted by: bigspencer on Aug-26-11 7:55 PM (EST)
Wilderness day trip?|
Posted by: gulfcoaster on Sep-15-11 3:43 PM (EST)
That's a contradictory term IMO. It's not wilderness paddling unless you're over a day out from the put-in. There are however, several places in Florida that come close to your definition; Gum Slough, 17 runs on the Hillsborough R., Waccasassa R., 10,000 Islands, parts of Florida Bay, etc. But for TRUE FL wilderness paddling where I'll do 2 wks to 2 months I'll keep that info to myself, thank you.
Posted by: qchiker on Sep-18-11 12:15 PM (EST)
Any where on the Namekagon River is a perfect area for me.
Granite River/ BWCAW|
Posted by: duggae on Sep-22-11 12:25 AM (EST)
I live on Gunflint Lake so I'm only 25 minutes paddle to the Magnetic Lake EP that takes me into the Granite River. A portage across Little Rock Falls and it's as close to Wilderness as I can get in an hour. I could paddle and portage to the Larch Creek EP easily in a day, but that involves a shuttle so I don't do it. It's an easy paddle, but it's rewarding for me to do occasionally.
Posted by: old_user on Sep-28-11 9:24 AM (EST)
Wilderness is indeed open to definition and different for everyone. I prefer true designated wilderness, but that is not always available to many of us.
I wouldn't call it wilderness, but....|
Posted by: davbart on Sep-29-11 3:51 PM (EST)
there are quite a few locations to paddle around here that offer solitude and an escape from the day to day.