Ascent of Bruce Peninsula National Park High Point on 2012-08-21

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bruce Peninsula National Park High Point
    Elevation:889 ft / 270 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy track hike with a moderate bushwack. ..... 8.2km, 2h45 hours RT

From our campground in Tobermory we drove south on hwy 6 to a left on Dyers Bay Road, north for 8.2km to a left on Bartley Road, 4km road turns right (north) onto a lesser road, 1.4km parked van on the right (signed "Authorized Vehicles Only"), GPS 45.20520,-81.36360.
The road continues but its signed "Road Closed", in front of the parking to the west is a track, blocked off with dead trees .... this was my TH.

I walked the track west 30m where the track turns right and heads/winds northerly for about 3.5km (45 minutes) to a height-of-land. There is a large rock in the middle of the track, this was the start of my bushwack (GPS 45.22999,-81.35671), the summit is to the east at .6km
The fairly flat track is easy to follow and can be biked ..... I stayed left at the second fork (GPS coordinates 45.21845,-81.35855), not to worry at the first fork as the branches join back-up at 100M. The track passes-by a small lake to the left.

I started my bushwacked 25M before the large rock at an overgrown track, at 40M turned right (east) in a mixed forest, somewhat dense at places, except at the summit area where it changes to a huge/beautiful/open mostly maple with no undergrowth ..... it is a moderate wack with rocky footing.

There is nothing obvious, fairly flat with numerous small bumps I went 100M past the highground and circled the area. The Bruce Peninsula National Park/Cabot Head Provincial Nature Reserve Park Boundary is supposed to be here but I didn't see any boundary signs/markings and I had no way identifying same.

After stomping the area I eye-balled my spot at a very small north-south rocky ridge, GPS 45.22963,-81.35152 .... I added orange tape and built a small cairn, rocks through out the area are popcorn-like. A reliable eye-level is needed.
For all I know my chosen spot could be in the Cabot Head Provincial Nature Reserve Park.

A 3km bushwack (one way to the northeast)to the Cabot Head summit could be made from this summit. My guess, very rocky/difficult/long.

After this climb we went to visit the Cabot Head Lightstation and Heritage Museum and checked-out a possible climb to Cabot Head from the water side, .6km before the Lighthouse a dirt road circles the west side of the Wingfield Basin, unfortunately it is gated. From this road a trail heads west to the foot of the escarpment from where a climb could begin for what would be a very rocky/tough approach. I didn't check it out.

We drove to Tobermory for tomorrow's Ferry reservations (11h20 hours) to Manitoulin Island, checked out the Bruce Trail Terminus Monument (memories of my 1991 BT thru-hike), had dinner and went back to the same campground as last night.
I sent an email to the Park suggesting that the Park's HP should be properly identified complete-with a maintained trail.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:289 ft / 87 m
    Extra Gain:66 ft / 20 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Route:woods track nb/bushwack from lindsay rd 45
    Trailhead:lindsay road 45  732 ft / 223 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:55 Minutes

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