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Ascent of Ogidaki Mountain on 2016-07-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ogidaki Mountain
    Location:Canada-Ontario
    Elevation:2182 ft / 665 m

Ascent Trip Report

A road walk with wet/muddy section .... 5.6km, 1:35 hours RT (with all the driving allow 5 hours).

This is Day 2 of my 26 Day Hiking Trip to the Thunder Bay, Ontario, area. The main purpose of my trip was to bag Western Ontario's 3 COHPs together-with Derek Standen - the highlight of which was a 3 Day Canoe Trip to the Rainy River District COHP. Derek, who had other priorities besides the COHPs, did all of the route finding/planning - an amazing job as everything went off without a hitch. We would stay together for 11 days. I thank Derek for a super job.
Our meeting date/place was July 25th, at a rest area on Hwy #17 west of Thunder Bay. I decided to leave a bit early in order to bag the Lake Superior's peaks on the Peakbagger List "THE GREAT LAKES COHPs", besides a few more mic. peaks.

My main goal for today was Ogidaki Mountain (Algoma COHP). Derek Standen's TR of 2008 took me directly to the summit with no problem. My odo readings for the driving sections were, for the most part, same as Derek's, except for the drive on rte #556 - I got a reading of 25.4km vs Derek's 39km (!!!).

The comments added by others to Derek's TR talk about the improved road conditions - this TR attempts to provide/update today's ground conditions. To simplify matters for the reader I thought best to start at hwy #17.

00.0km ... JCT #17/556 north of Sault Ste Marie, I zeroed my odo and traveled east on #556 (paved road).
25.4km ... #556 turns right on its way to Ranger Lake, I stayed straight on #532 north (paved) for Searchmont.
29.1km ... turned right onto Whitman Dam Road after crossing the Goulais River in Searchmont - this road, paved only for 4+km, heads northeasterly.
53.9km ... stayed left at major fork.
61.2km ... turned left (northwest) at fork (46.98432,-83.93700). This was Derek's TH, from here on roads have been improved.
61.5km ... road washed out at this spot. I was able to continue - but hiker beware "this could be your TH".
66.4km ... stayed left (southwest) at fork (47.00976,-83.98663).
66.9km ... turned left at T-JCT (47.00651,-83.99145) and immediately parked, straight ahead a drainage ditch crosses the road (needs a culvert). This was my TH.
*** This is a rough/long drive - the 67km drive back to #17 from my TH took me 1:20 hours.

I walked the road .8km southeast to a fork, turned right (southwest) and in another .9km arrived at the Ogidaki Fire Ranger's Cabin (46.99865,-83.99106) - sign on the side of the Cabin reads, "Historic Landmark, one of the last Forest Ranger's Camp standing". I would later learn that the Fire Tower has been removed and by the very poor condition of this Historic Cabin, my guess is that this Cabin is next - it doesn't have any special architectural features that I see worth preserving.

A lesser very rough road (overgrown at beginning, rutted with a number of wet/muddy spots the rest of the way) continues/winds/climbs 1.1km to the summit - a small clearing surrounded by tall woods and NO FIRE TOWER and no views.
I hung a glass jar canister with a register at the rock outcrop on the right side of the road as it reaches the clearing.

This summit has nothing to offer and is not recommended (mainly because of the long/rough drive - tough on the car) unless of course one is a Peakbagger or a Geocacher.
As I left the TH after getting cleaned up, I met up with a couple on the way to the summit ... Geocachers. We were all surprised. I should note that this was the only vehicle that I saw on this trip, unlike Derek's experience in 2008 when the area was being logged.

I drove back to the Sault, where I skyped Rose at a Mcdo, before xing over the bridge to the USA customs in Upper Michigan. I overnighted at the Brimley State Park CG (32 USD) a short distance west of I-75.

"WE LIVE IN A FAST-PACED SOCIETY, WALKING SLOWS US DOWN."


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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:382 ft / 116 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:road hike
    Trailhead:woods road 47.00651,-83.99145  1800 ft / 548 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes



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