The geology of this area also heavily impacts portage difficulty. Portages that follow a west-east axis, or connect the ends of lakes, are typically relatively easy. In contrast, portages having a north-south axis are often quite hilly and very challenging.
The most difficult portage on map 10 is certainly the 232 rod portage between Pine Lake and Canoe Lake. This portage climbs over 200 feet in elevation along a switchbacked trail. Fortunately the path itself is relatively smooth.
The Border Route Trail, stretching across Map 10, provides some of the best wilderness hiking in Minnesota. In addition, other hiking and cross country ski trails are maintained along the west end of the Map 10, near Daniels, East Bearskin, and Flour lakes.