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Ascent of Sugar Mountain on 2015-06-15

Climber: Gustav Sexauer

Others in Party:Katrina
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, June 15, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Sugar Mountain
    Location:USA-Michigan
    Elevation:1362 ft / 415 m

Ascent Trip Report

After the Island Mine junction I remembered that there was another named peak left on our way to Windigo. On the next big crest I went off trail and roamed around the high ground. I didn’t see a benchmark, but the ground was covered in leaves, giving the area an autumn feel. I then reunited with Katrina who was strung out from the hiking, especially our at the time uncertain ascent of Mount Desor. We hiked to the next ravine and then dropped off the NW side through the leaves and over downed trees and set up a backcountry campsite. It was still only 4 in the afternoon. We had nothing to do, but were pretty tired. We hung out, read, and ate before falling asleep around sunset.
On our final day we realized we only had about 6mi to go. Katrina said it was like we weren’t even hiking. The forest continued to change as we made the final descent. It was actually a lot of downhill. We hoped to final see a moose, but alas we did not. We didn’t however, see anyone hiking up until we made it to the Windigo Campground where three people were just starting on the trail. We made it into the port and considered showering or doing laundry as our boat didn’t leave until 1:30 and it wasn’t even 10am. After a check of the prices, though, we skipped those luxuries and took our arrival picture on the big dock. We then checked out the museum in the visitor’s center and tried to figure out what our two favorite birds were that sang our favorite songs, but to no avail. The old lens from the Rock of Ages was the real highlight! Next we bought some snacks at the store which were, in some cases, not marked up as far as we could tell. While munching on the deck we saw our boat arrive early. It was still noon though. After some more chatting, Katrina went down to the boat and I went back to the Visitor’s Center and bought a loon poster. There was a price mismatch with the label and the computer and the lady working was new and was having trouble with the machine. Then I heard the boat’s horn sound off! It was still only 12:30, but I figured it was me they were calling. After more hold ups getting change I ran down to the boat to find that the captain wanted to leave early and I was the last one on, 45 minutes ahead of schedule. Everyone but the captain didn’t feel the need to rush me, but the captain has the horn. And with that, we set off for civilization again.

Trip Statistics:
June 13th:
3:17pm Rock Harbor
8:17pm Camp near Mount Ojibway
Hiking Time: 4 hours
June 14th:
6:41am Camp near Mount Ojibway
7:21am Mount Ojibway
11:17am East Chickenbone Campground toilet
3:50pm Siskiwit Peak false summit
6:29pm Spot #2 at Hatchet Lake Campground
Hiking Time: 11 hours 48 minutes
June 15th:
6:59am Hatchet Lake Campground
9:25am Ishpeming Tower
11:55am South Desor Campground
2:22pm Mount Desor
4:45pm Camp on Sugar Mountain NW face
Hiking Time: 9 hours 46 minutes
June 16th:
6:36am Camp on Sugar Mountain NW face
9:28am Windigo
Hiking Time: 2 hours 52 minutes

Total Hiking Time: 28 hours 26 minutes
Total Mileage: 43.6 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 6158'
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:875 ft / 266 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1668 ft / 508 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.4 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way in:386 ft / 117 m
    Loss on way in:418 ft / 127 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:Greenstone Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mount Desor  1394 ft / 424 m
    Time:2 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1250 ft / 381 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 761 ft / 232 m; Extra: 489 ft / 149m
    Gain on way out:489 ft / 149 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Greenstone Ridge Trail
    End Trailhead:Windigo  601 ft / 183 m
    Time:3 Hours 12 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Isle Royale 15 (3 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mount Ojibway2015-06-14 a1274 ft / 388 m
3Mount Desor2015-06-15 a4041 ft / 1232 m
4Sugar Mountain2015-06-15 b875 ft / 267 m
Total Trip Gain: 6190 ft / 1887 m    Total Trip Loss: 6255 ft / 1906 m



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