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Ascent of Hardwood Lookout on 2012-08-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, August 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hardwood Lookout
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:1552 ft / 473 m

Ascent Trip Report

A loop hike on a smooth trail ...... 1km, 1 hour RT.

Algonquin Park is Canada's first provincial Park.

A wide smooth popular loop trail (fine stone chip) leaves hwy 60 at Smoke Lake. We hiked the trail counter clockwise going over a high point area at numbered post #5, before arriving at the Hardwood Lookout at numbered post #9.
The highpoint at numbered post #5 is at GPS 45.52692,-78.70895 and is perhaps higher in elevation than the actual Lookout at #9.

The Hardwood Lookout at numbered post #9 is a very peaky summit with the ground dropping steeply all around. It is capped with a 10 foot tall stone monument, a park bench and numerous beautiful white pines. It offers a fine view to the south over Smoke Lake. The present HP is located to one side of the bench at GPS 45.52680,-78.70752.

This short loop hike offers perhaps the largest/most beautiful white pines, east of the Rockies (as tall as any in Algonquin Park). This end of the Park is mostly sugar maple and white pine.

After this hike we drove west, out of beautiful Algonquin Park, greatly disappointed ..... we didn't get to see a moose. I left a note in the suggestion box for the Park's Superintendent ....... the Park is home to 2 CoHPs both unidentified and without a trail to them.

"I CELEBRATE A CLIMB WHEN I GET TO THE BOTTOM ...... BY THE TIME I GET TO THE TRAIL HEAD I'M DONE."

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:108 ft / 32 m
    Total Elevation Loss:108 ft / 32 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:108 ft / 32 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:ccw loop hike from hwy 60 at smoke lake
    Start Trailhead:hwy 60 at smoke lake  1444 ft / 440 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:108 ft / 32 m
    Route:ccw loop hike from hwy 60 at smoke lake
    End Trailhead:hwy 60 at smoke lake  1444 ft / 440 m



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