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Ascent of Manitou Mountain on 2011-09-03

Climber: Terry Wheeler

Date:Saturday, September 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Manitou Mountain
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:562 m / 1847 ft

Ascent Trip Report

This one is a paddle-in. Canoed down through Smoke Lake - Ragged Lake - Big Porcupine Lake. Bushwhacked up west slope from a small bay in the southeast corner of Big Porcupine Lake. The whack is not long but has a few steep and moss-covered rock slabs to scramble up (moving north or south along the ridge would probably provide some less scrambly alternatives). The forest is mostly fairly open second-growth conifers, with lots of rotten downed logs and deep litter, hobblebush and some spruce stick forest to wade through. Not a terrible bushwhack. Not too muddy late in the season but I suspect this would be a mosquito-laden mudpit in June. The summit area is treed in.

Some topo maps show a trail running mostly north-south just west of the mountain. We initially walked the portage between Big Porcupine Lake and Bonnechere Lake - the trail crosses this portage - and it's hard to pick up the trail. It's an old logging road that's mostly grown in. We followed it for a little bit but gave up and opted for the bushwhack. We crossed it again later on the whack. It's ok in some places, overgrown and mucky in others, and completely obscured by trees in still others. All things considered, I'd opt for the bushwhack from the west - it's shorter.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:122 m / 403 ft
    Route:bushwhack
    Trailhead:Big Porcupine Lake  440 m / 1444 ft
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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