My name is Zand Martin, I through paddled the trail in 2007 when I was 20 years old. My paddling partner Ben and I did it in 32 days and had a wonderful experience-
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How did you get up spencer stream?
The guidebook shows a picture of a guy wheeling his kayak up some logging roads, but I can’t figure out the route. I’d like to use my wheels, unless it is easier to paddle/pull the boat upstream.
I think the photo of Mike S. is somewhere along Spencer Rips/Hardscrabble road after Fish Pond. Mack Truax attempted to use the logging roads shown on the maps nearby without success. You can read about his issues here: http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?id=499361
There is no water to get around it with ascending the streams to at least Middle Deadwater. There is a way to bug out a little earlier following a logging road right to Spencer Lake, but its not a sanctioned option. It sounds like you are thinking about doing it again???