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Old 08-28-2018, 01:37 PM   #1
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The Big Four, Northrup and two nice erratics

I prepared for a return to the West Canada Wilderness with hours of map study and by reading the journals of early 20th century adventurers Bob Gillespie and Harvey Dunham. I wanted to spend time around the big four, West, South, Mud and Brooktrout Lakes. I also had an itch to visit tiny Northrup and explore the headwaters of the Indian River. Satellite imagery revealed a pair of large glacial erratics in the vicinity, because they were discernable from outer space, I added the big rocks to my list of things to visit.

I would enter the area via the Old Military Road and pond hop my way to the interior using Pillsbury and Cedar Lakes. Mud Creek is navigable south of its intersect with the Northville Placid Trail which will put you in Mud Lake, where short carries lead to the other members of the big four.

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Old 08-28-2018, 01:58 PM   #2
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Wow, that is an awesome adventure! How long were you out there?
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:26 PM   #3
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Great adventure Conk. As always, thanks for sharing your explorations & exploits with us all. Even armchair adventurers will be motivated to get outside after seeing your photos and reading of your trip.

That's all for now. Take care and until next time....be well.

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Old 08-28-2018, 06:05 PM   #4
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Alas, a glimpse of Northrup Lake...
Iíve been wanting to get back there for a long time now! One of my very first posts as a member of this forum was an inquiry on Northrup Lake, and as our late good buddy pondhopper mentioned, seems like making use of the Indian is the way to go. Thanks for sharing another adventure, Conk!
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Old 08-28-2018, 08:32 PM   #5
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Great adventure Conk! Nice chatting with you at the trail head.
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Old 09-01-2018, 11:16 PM   #6
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Conk,
You ARE the man!! Nice photos...
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:11 AM   #7
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That's some pretty country! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-02-2018, 11:56 AM   #8
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A very enjoyable and inspiring trip report. Thanks for posting.
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Old 09-02-2018, 03:08 PM   #9
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Very impressive photo journal of your trip!! Thanks for sharing. I have always poured over the maps of your adventure wondering what it would be like. Now I know. You covered many miles through some very thick brush. My hat is off to you. Great report.
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Old 09-02-2018, 03:14 PM   #10
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Mr. Conk... just curious how many days this adventure took?
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Old 09-02-2018, 07:38 PM   #11
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Mr. Conk... just curious how many days this adventure took?
Thanks.
I was in the woods for five days.
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Old 09-02-2018, 09:27 PM   #12
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It sounds like a great trip. I can't seem to get into the album, probably because I'm not registered with Facebook. I hiked through that area in 2013 and visited most of the lakes, but it must be much better (although a lot more work to get there) with a canoe. I'll see if I can find a workaround to get to see the pictures.
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Old 09-02-2018, 11:05 PM   #13
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I would love to see the photos too but don't use FB.
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Old 09-03-2018, 11:18 AM   #14
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I would love to see the photos too but don't use FB.
Same here
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Old 09-06-2018, 09:59 AM   #15
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I hiked through that area in 2013 and visited most of the lakes, but it must be much better (although a lot more work to get there) with a canoe.
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I agree that having a canoe can make things better. I suppose, if one were counting calories, the added burden of carrying your own paddle craft would surpass the effort expended in foot only travel. However, I contend that the waterway interruptions of paddlewhacking are welcome respites and make things seem a lot easier, certainly a lot more interesting. I was standing on a bridge over the West Canada Creek in conversation with two hikers. They had hopes of using a campsite near Mud Lake and were anticipating two hours for the three-mile hike. I raised my hand, pointed across the lake, and said I could be there in ten minutes.
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One of my very first posts as a member of this forum was an inquiry on Northrup Lake, and as our late good buddy pondhopper mentioned, seems like making use of the Indian is the way to go.
I recall a post from Pondhopper where he spoke of the vegetative density on the Indian River when leaving Northrup Lake. He had put in a long day and was very tired. He said, "It was good that the alders were so thick, otherwise I might have stumbled to the ground and fallen asleep."
I too found advantage in the tight confines. All of the energy normally consumed in staying perpendicular to the plane of the horizon could be invested in forward progress. I made good time until it got so thick I couldn't judge vertical. I thought I was nearing a clearing only to find I had walked straight up into the sky.
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... I made good time until it got so thick I couldn't judge vertical. I thought I was nearing a clearing only to find I had walked straight up into the sky.
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Old 09-27-2018, 10:56 AM   #18
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That area is so remote, pristine and beautiful. Brooktrout Lake is one of the nicest in the Adirondacks.
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