Ascent of Ottawa High Point on 2010-04-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:grandson Michael and my niece Joanne's son Joakim
Date:Sunday, April 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ottawa High Point
    Elevation:545 ft / 166 m

Ascent Trip Report

VISIT #1 DATED 2009-06-19b --- unsuccessful, short easy hike.
My grandson Michael and I left the TH on the woods road heading southeast, going around numerous water sections, crossed a power line right-of-way at about 400 meters and arrived at a Y junction at a small clearing at about 700 meters, ascending slightly with some rock in the last 100 meters.
We checked out the left fork, came back to the Y and took the right fork (generally west), after 150 meters the woods road bends right, going away from the highpoint (we didn't go any further). From our information the highpoint is southeast (left) of this spot) - the woods here are much too dense with evergreen for a bushwhack which we weren't prepared for, also this dense area is fairly flat and impossible to identify the high ground without the proper info so we aborted the hike.
On our return home we double checked the different information at hand, we discovered that we should have continued on the generally westerly woods road for another few hundred meters, where the woods road makes a sharp 140 degree left turn, heading southeast again and passing very close to the highpoint (see Goggle Earth for a clear view of this track/route) - I will have to go back.
West of Ottawa, Highway #417 exit 145, travel South on rte #7 to the intersection with rte #3 (Upper Dwyer Hill Road), take right ramp for rte #3 and travel west on #3 to a right turn on Old Amonte Road, followed by another right on Corkery Road, then travel southeast 1.7 km to the very end of Corkery Road, park on the side of the Road. This is the TH - from here the trail starts out southeasterly on a very rough wet (lake-like) woods road.
NOTE: On rte #3 before arriving at Old Amonte road you'll pass under a main power line, stop here and look north. The power line rises-up to a low east-west ridge, the highpoit is on the ridge to the right of the power line. As noted above you will go under this power line, a main point of reference on your hike.

VISIT #2 DATED 2010-04-11 ---- a successful enjoyable outing with PB's future generation.
I came back for the second time determined to summit this highpoint, I was once again joined by my grandson, Michael, and my niece Joanne's son, 7 year old Joakim, out on his first hike.
We left the TH noted above (the woods road being wetter than the last time) and at the power line right-of-way we decided to turn right and follow the power line, generally west, to the second transmission tower (half a kilometer -- the rough track was wet/swampy for about half of this distance -- Joakim got a short piggy-back ride thru here). Here we turned left (southeast) and followed a woods road in a fairly open area for about 1KM (fairly dry except at a few places) where we started our bushwack to the left (Goggle Earth clearly identifies this route) - 3 to 4 hundred meters before this point you pass on the left a "No Trespassing" sign and a grass track leading to a "hunters perch", also on the left you'll clearly see Goggle map's 160M contour ridge.
We bushwhacked east about 70M to the ridge (south end of the 160M contour, a deciduous fairly open woods, easy going) then followed the ridge back a few hundred meters to an area we all considered as the highpoint (PB'S coordinate's confirmed by our GPS) - we orange-flagged two trees.
We continued on the ridge to the "hunters perch" where the boys were exposed to the hunters way of hunting, shot-gun shells all over the place. The ridge is full of animal tracks/droppings and evidence of human activity - unfortunately we also saw some beer cans and litter. The boys picked up the empty 12ga shot-gun shells as a souvenier of their experience.
We couldn't climb to the "Hunters Perch" as the rickety-ladder looked unsafe to climb.
We came back the same way - the whole hike is about 5km and 2 hours. Everyone enjoyed the hike, the wet sections just added to the adventure.
Michael and Joakim were strong and positive thruout the hike, never once did they show negativity. Super kids.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:36 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:woods rd/track/bushwack from E side corkery rd
    Trailhead:corkery road  509 ft / 155 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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