Ascent of Sugar Island High Point on 2010-07-01

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Thursday, July 1, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Sugar Island High Point
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

Daniel and I took a long boat ride in very choppy waves and white caps to Sugar Island to climb its highpoint for no other reason than it is on the USGS map and we did not have time to drive somewhere more interesting to climb today. I was shocked to learn someone had already actually enterred the HP in the peakbagger database before me! More crazy it is #26 in the world on the list called "Lake Island High Points" in the world! Who figures these things out?
Go figure, We just inadvertently bagged my first on that obscure list! Ha!

Selected the third of four (as you head south on the southeastern shore of Sugar Island)campsites as our boat landing. No trails even near the peak. Lots of moose on this island based on the plentiful scat seen eveywhere. We bushwhacked a south to southwest bearing till finding a mound where hardwoods turned to conifers and the summit was located. Several irregular false summits in the area but all are similar in elevation. Really no views. On the southern most tip of ridge one can catch glimpses of the lake below.

Basically no reason to bag this other than: to peakbag another Moosehead Lake area HP; or, better - bag #26 on the lake island HPs of the world list; perhaps just enjoy the solitude of a large island in the middle of the wilderness of Maine all to yourself; or enjoy a nice picnic on the shore with nice views of Baker Mountain (3,500 feet plus) and Lily Bay Mountain (3,200) across the lake. We deliberately bushwhacked down to return with a north to NE bearing that would overshoot our boat since I wanted to look for our boat in only one direction, and bushwhacking along the shore is difficult due to the many tiny firs and spruce seedling/saplings that obstruct views.

Found boat within 15 minutes and then had lunch at the boat and enjoyed a fun day out on the choppy lake with my son. Two foot swells and whitecaps made the trip 7 MPH until we could get behind the Moody Islands where the fetch length is distrupted and then found good water and zipped back to the lodge at 35 MPH skirting rainstorms along the way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:451 ft / 137 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear
Windy day some rain mostly sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:451 ft / 137 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:Bushwack S and SW
    Start Trailhead:Campsite State Lands #3  1029 ft / 313 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    End Trailhead:Boat  
    Time:50 Minutes

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