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PORCUPINE LAKE WILDERNESS Drummond, WI
The Porcupine Wilderness is a 4,443 acre Federally designated Wilderness Area. The North Country National Scenic Trail traverses the area from east to west. Hiking the Porcupine Wilderness Area can be accomplished in several ways: out and back from any of several access points, one way from west to east or east to west, or for the more adventuresome there are numerous cross country access points for bushwhacking. It will be necessary to spot a car or arrange a pick-up if you choose to hike point-to-point. The North Country Trail is marked with occasional white or blue blazes on trees. The total distance is 6.9 miles from Hwy D on the east to Lake Owen Drive on the west. The terrain on the east half of this segment is moderately rolling with a couple of beaver dams to negotiate. The western half of this segment is decidedly more hilly. Along the way you will pass Porcupine Lake and Eighteenmile Creek Springs.
Shorter hikes are possible by starting from one of the two parking areas and access points on Porcupine Lake Road (FR 213). This road may not always be plowed. Another short hike is into Porcupine Lake. If possible, drive east on FR 213 for about 2 miles to a small parking area. Hike about 1/2 mile into the lake where you also intersect the North Country Trail.
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