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.
Ginny's favorite into Rose is a very good one. Just did it the first time last week but it was not a day trip as I was travelling through on an overniter. I'll be back there soon.
I am fortunate to live here, I have lots of different day trips into the Boundry Waters available to me.
Wilderness is a relative thing. Two years ago, before I moved up here, the Granite River was more wilderness to me than it is now. Familiarity breeds comfort. The experiance is best when it's a bit uncomfortable I think.
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