The most beautiful part of our canoe trip was this area of the wilderness. The portage from Ottertrack to Ester Lake brought us to this gnarly old tree that had well worn roots from all the campers and canoes trampling across it. There was a steep uphill and again it seemed like we were going higher and higher in the chain of lakes.
The interesting thing about the BWCA is that not all the lakes connect, so some are higher elevations than others. This second day we were definitely climbing, and the pictures do not do it justice. There was a cute little passage thru weeds from Ester Lake to Hansen Lake that looked like a dead end until you got right there.
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