plan travel on Brule with winds and weather in mind. Winds are usually calmest at dawn, so this is often the best time to try to cross the big open stretches of Brule.
The geology of this area also heavily impacts portage difficulty. Most portages that follow an west-east axis, or connect the east and west ends of lakes, are relatively flat and easy. In contrast, portages having a north-south axis are often quite hilly and challenging.
If you’re looking to explore Map 9 by land, the Border Route Trail provides some of the nicest wilderness hiking in Minnesota. The Gunflint Trail area also has tremendous cross country skiing options, including miles of maintained trails. The Banadad ski trail, located south of Gunflint Trail, is one of a handful of maintained ski trails that is actually within the BWCAW. Other good skiing can be found (for example) at Gunflint Lake, Poplar Lake and Flour Lake.